The River Edge Police Department is dedicated to providing Borough residents, merchants and visitors the best possible police service. This objective is accomplished by blending the tried and tested traditional police practices with the employment of creative approaches toward meeting the needs of the community.
Police officers will expeditiously respond to emergencies and do whatever is necessary to resolve a myriad of situations. Investigators will vigorously and tenaciously investigate crimes and criminal offenses. However, the department as a whole will take responsibility for insuring that community service is the number one priority.
This community oriented policing philosophy revolves around the department's ability to assess and respond to community concerns and quality of life issues. Officers are challenged to not only find solutions to problems and become an accessible community resource, but to also take advantage of opportunities to interact with community members and organizations. Within the framework of this philosophy youth programs are high on the priority list.
We hope that each and every resident and merchant will view the River Edge Police Department as a viable community resource, and we would like community members to truly believe that their police department will consistently provide them with the best possible service.
The River Edge Police Department under the command of Chief Tom Cariddi is comprised of twenty-five sworn officers and eight civilian employees. Personnel are assigned to one of three divisions:
The Administrative Division is under the direct command of the Chief of Police, and is responsible for functions which include, but are not limited to: planning, staffing, budgeting, and Departmental policies and procedures which guide the day to day operations of the River Edge Police Department. The Administrative Division secretary is responsible for records, correspondence, and office management specific to the Administrative Division.
The Patrol Division is comprised of uniformed services for primary emergency responses. The Patrol Division consists of one lieutenant supervising four squads, two traffic officers, and thirteen crossing guards.
Each patrol squad consists of a sergeant and three patrol officers, prepared to respond to any and all calls for service on a twenty-four hour a day basis. Police Reserves assist during times of emergency when additional personnel are needed to complement the efforts of sworn officers. The communications center is staffed by one full time and five part time dispatchers who cover the day and evening shifts.
Traffic Officers are tasked with specialized enforcement as well as addressing traffic concerns such as vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle safety issues. Traffic officers are additionally assigned as liaisons to the River Edge Traffic and Safety Committee which advises the Mayor & Council on traffic related regulations.
The Investigations Division is responsible for criminal, juvenile, and special investigations. It consists of a lieutenant, sergeant, and two detectives. The lieutenant supervises overall case management as well as oversight of the community policing function and the Records Unit. The records clerk is responsible for all centralized records, including police incident reports, accident reports, and the Municipal Court related discovery requests.
The Investigations Division sergeant is responsible for juvenile matters and additionally oversees the day-to-day investigations of two detectives.
The community policing function includes: L.E.A.D., crime prevention, special services to seniors, child safety seat installation and community problem solving issues with assistance from officers throughout the Department who perform specialized secondary functions.