Monday, May 13, 2013
@HillsdalePDNJ broadcasts a variety of useful info for borough residents.
The Hillsdale Police Department has one of the most-followed Twitter accounts among similarly-sized agencies across the country. The account, @HillsdalePDNJ, is ranked sixth in the country among law enforcement agencies with between 16 and 25 sworn officers, according to the International Association of Chiefs of Police's Center For Social Media. Running the account is a collaborative effort headed by Police Officers Adam Hampton and William Diedtrich, according to Police Chief Chip Stalter. As of publication, the account had 1,246 followers. Hillsdale Police were an early adopter of Twitter, having joined in 2009. They post a variety of information on the feed, including alerts for bad weather and traffic, general safety tips and info …
Friday, April 19, 2013
Police said the woman's injuries were not life threatening.
An 81-year-old Hillsdale resident was hospitalized Friday afternoon after she accidentally drove her car through a support column and the back wall of her garage, according to Hillsdale Police Officer William Diedtrich. It was "just a simple mix-up between the gas and the brake," Diedtrich said. The woman's injuries were not life-threatening, he said. The Washington Township Ambulance Corps transported her to an area hospital. Neighbors said the woman was "just shook up." Firefighters from Hillsdale and Westwood responded to the scene and were constructing an ad-hoc column so the car could safely be removed. A building inspector was at the Drake Drive townhouse where the incident occured, but did not immediately announce a determination on…
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Police visited Meadowbrook and Smith School for "Read Across America Day."
Wednesday, March 13
Hillsdale police officers participated in the nationally-recognized "Read Across America Day" earlier this month.The program coincides with birthday of author Dr. Seuss and is designed to encourage reading among school-aged children. On March 1, police officers visted students at Hillsdale’s elementary schools. Detective Sergeant Robert Francaviglia, Police Officer Liz Zimmerman and Police Officer William Diedtrich to read to the children of the Meadowbrook School and Smith School. The police officers visited several grades to briefly read a Dr. Seuss book that was selected by each respective class. The annual event helps to commemorate the importance of reading skills for the children and it allows the children to interact with their …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Police Sergeant Sean Smith and Patrolman Ryan Norton took their oaths of office during the Hillsdale Council meeting this week.
Hillsdale Police swore-in their new sergeant and patrolman this week. Sergeant Sean Smith and Patrolman Ryan Norton both took their oaths of office Monday, officially marking their new positions, though they had already been serving. Smith has been with the Hillsdale Police Department for more than 15 years. He has served as the D.A.R.E. officer and schools coordinator. "We could have promoted any of them, but we saw Sean as the best fit for our current needs," Police Chief Chip Stalter previously told Patch. Hillsdale has four police sergeants. One supervises each shift. Norton comes to Hillsdale from Montclair State University's campus police force, and was previously a Passaic County Sheriff's investigator. The new patrolman started …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Ryan Nicita and Lisa Donne saved three drowning people in June.
Hillsdale Police commended Lisa Donne and 8-year-old Ryan Nicita Monday for saving three lives June 22. A group of Hillsdale residents had gathered for a pool party after the last day of school that afternoon, and a mother spotted two boys struggling to swim in the pool, according to Police Chief Chip Stalter. The woman jumped in to help them, but she also had trouble swimming and sank to the bottom of the deep end. "She was unconscious and needed help," Nicita told Patch. Nicita jumped in the pool and first helped the two other boys safely out of the water, then tried to get the woman out. He was unable, so he ran to find help. "He said, 'this lady's at the bottom of the pool and she's not moving,'" Donne said. Donne then jumped into the …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
He was working on a demolition project at Smith School.
A man was taken to Hackensack Medical Center Sunday after he fell about 12 feet from the roof of the Smith School, on Hillsdale Avenue. According to Hillsdale Police Ptl. Tom Smith, a man was doing some restoration work to the front entrance of the school around 3:15 p.m. Sunday. Smith said he was working on a demolition project at the time. "It's not like it was an unfit structure that collapsed, it was just some construction work going on there, and maybe it gave way," he said. "It was a demolition project hired by the board of education, and we are not sure if there was damage to the roof." Smith said they are still investigating as to whether something collapsed, or if the victim simply took a misstep and fell off the roof. "No one saw…
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Hillsdale Police handed out warnings to drivers who did not stop for pedestrians last week.
Hillsdale Police stepped up enforcement of pedestrian safety laws along Broadway one morning last week, handing out warnings — and some tickets — to drivers who did not stop for pedestrians trying to cross Broadway. Pedestrians told Patch that speeding drivers are a common problem along Broadway in downtown Hillsdale. "Every day, someone will just blow by here," Jeremy Mehr, who works at a business on Broadway, said. According to New Jersey law, drivers must stop for pedestrians walking in marked crosswalks, unless the intersection has a traffic light or police officer directing traffic. Drivers who break this law face fines of up to $200 and as many as 15 days of community service. Pedestrians must also obey traffic signals and only cross…
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Children from Westwood, Washington Township and Hillsdale participated in the week-long program.
An EC-135 helicopter from Atlantic Ambulance visited 80 area children participating in the Junior Police Academy held by local police at Westwood Jr./Sr. High School this week. The program exposes children between 10 and 14 to many different kinds of law enforcement, according to Washington Township Police Lt. Rich Skinner. Visitors include members of local police and fire departments, EMTs and the National Guard. There is also a trip to visit the U.S. Air Marshals. The children learn about both the consequences of breaking law and potential future careers they may want to pursue. The academy is also a good opportunity for the children to get to know one another when they live in different towns, Skinner said. This year's academy is the …