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Suspects Vehicle Identified in Saddle River Break-ins

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Saddle River NJ, Saddle River Police have posted a criminal activity alert for Saddle River.

On 8/7/19 at 8:40 PM an attempted burglary occurred on Twinbrooks Road. No entry was gained to the residence. The scene was processed and a thorough investigation is under way.

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Saddle River Fire Thanks Police for Mutual Aid for Responding to a Fire

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Saddle River Nj, at 01:45 this morning, the Saddle River Fire Dept. was requested to a home on E Saddle River Rd. for a reported garage fire. Saddle River Police Department units were on patrol, and located a garage on fire. Saddle River Police Department was able to use two fire extinguishers to knock down the fire, but they advised there was still fire in the walls. Chief 1130 arrived on scene to find a 2 story garage, occupied as a residence with smoke pushing from the open garage door at which time he requested the 2nd alarm be dispatched. Asst. Chief 1140 arrived on scene and assumed operations as Engine 1131 (OIC 1170) arrived, taking the driveway and preparing for fire attack. Crews located a minor fire behind the wall, which was quickly extinguished. Once the fire was out, the incoming 2nd alarm was canceled, and our assignment was held with Engine 1131 and Ladder 1141.

Thank you to our mutual aid for responding, and excellent job to the police officers that were able to knock the fire down. It is always important to remember to test your smoke detectors, and ensure they are working properly. Smoke detectors save lives.

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Tuesday afternoon Collision Shuts Down Route 17 South Bound

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Saddle River NJ, Saddle River Police investigated a Tuesday afternoon, 10/16, three (3) vehicle crash that resulted in the temporary closure of two (2) travel lanes on Route 17 southbound near East Allendale Avenue, Saddle River. Two (2) occupants of a white colored 4-door sedan were transported by ambulance to The Valley Hospital with non life threatening injuries. The drivers of a box truck and tractor trailer involved in the collision were uninjured. All three (3) damaged vehicles were removed from the scene by separate tow trucks.

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Saddle River Police Issue A Criminal Activity Alert

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Saddle River NJ, Saddle River Police are once again issuing a Criminal Activity Alert- Auto Theft & Burglaries- Chestnut Ridge Area- LOCK ALL VEHICLES- REMOVE ALL KEY FOB’s.

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Longtime Saddle River Police Chief Says Goodbye After 17 years

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June 9,2018

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Saddle River Nj, the Saddle River Borough Council held a  SPECIAL MEETING on Saturday evening, JUNE 2, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Borough Hall as Saddle River  to swear in its next Police Chief, Captain Jason Cosgriff, and say goodbye to retiring Chief Timothy McWilliams who served the police department with distinction for 34 years, the last 17 being Chief.

Saddle River Mayor Al Kurpis Statement regarding the next Police Chief – There are very few decisions a Mayor makes that is as important as selecting a Police Chief to oversee the safety and welfare of our community. After a thorough review of all eligible candidates it is my distinct pleasure to announce that on June 1, I will be submitting Captain Jason Cosgriff’s name for nomination to be the next Saddle River Police Chief. Captain Cosgriff has served the Saddle River Police Department for 20 years and his professionalism and distinguished service throughout that time has elevated him to his current rank as a Captain. It has been an honor and privilege to serve with Captain Cosgriff during my term as Mayor and I look forward to continuing to serve with him in his new capacity as Chief. In addition to his professional work as a member of our police department it is also worth noting that Captain Cosgriff grew up in Saddle River and at the age of 18 joined the Saddle River Valley Recue Squad where he reached the rank of Captain and earned Life Member status. Aside from his professional accomplishments Captain Cosgriff brings forward a stellar academic record which culminated with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

There’s not enough I can say to express my gratitude to the 35 year service of Chief McWilliams. He has always served as a steady and calming presence in the police department and throughout the community and he will be missed. I wish him nothing but well wishes in his retirement and I look forward to our continued personal friendship.

I would like thank the members of the Public Safety Committee for their important role in this process. Like my nomination, their role in this process is one of the most important things they will ever participate in on the local government level. The residents can take comfort knowing that they performed this role with a high level of diligence and seriousness that would far exceed anyone’s expectations. In addition to my own review of the candidates I placed great weight in their ultimate recommendation which aligns with my nomination. I would also be remiss if I did not thank the other candidates who stepped up for an opportunity to lead the department. They both have long and distinguished careers with the Saddle River Police Department. I consider them both to be high caliber members of this department and look forward to their continued service.

Statement from Captain Jason Cosgriff: I am very thankful for the opportunity to serve as the next Police Chief in the town I grew up in. Reaching the pinnacle of my career is one thing, but to do so in my hometown that I always loved makes it extra special. I would like to thank the Mayor and Council for their support in this process and throughout the course of my career. I would like to thank the officers of the department for the fine work that they do in a professional manner day in and day out for the residents of Saddle River. I will always maintain an open door policy and it is that type of policy that sets the foundation for a strong relationship between our agency and the community we serve. My vision for the agency is to continue the high level of service we provide and to maintain the safety and security of Saddle River.

Comment from the Saddle River PBA President, Saddle River PO Paul Passaretti – On behalf of the PBA we have always had a great relationship with the command staff and we look forward to working with Captain Cosgriff as we continue to move forward in a positive direction. His record of distinction is well noted and his service to the community and this department is well received by its members. We are pleased by a process that sets forth a smooth transition from Chief McWilliams to future Chief Cosgriff. We look forward to this next chapter in our departments history as we continue to provide a high level of service to our residents.

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Two vehicles were stolen from two different residential driveways in Saddle River Last Night !

Criminal Activity Alert – Auto Thefts & Car Burglaries -Saddle River & Neighboring Towns- Lock Vehicles – Remove Key Fob’s

June 6,2018

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Saddle River NJ, Last night two vehicles were stolen from two different residential driveways in Saddle River. Both vehicles were unlocked and the key fobs were left in the vehicles. Several other unlocked vehicles were entered and burglarized by these actors during the overnight.

Saddle River and several neighboring jurisdictions have been experiencing high end auto thefts and auto burglaries. If everyone removes the keys and key FOB’s from their vehicles these thefts will stop. Locking your vehicle when its in the driveway prevents car burglaries from occurring and deters criminals from our area.

Most crimes are prevented or criminals are caught when the public assists the Police by reporting suspicious persons and activity. Discuss this with your neighbors, family and friends. Advise them to secure their homes and vehicles and to report suspicious activity when it is observed, not the following day. The eyes and ears of the community are of great assistance in preventing and solving crimes. Any suspicious activity can be reported to the police desk @ 201-327-5300 or by calling 9-1-1

For additional information or assistance please call Saddle River Police headquarters anytime at 201-327-5300.

Hide – Lock – Take !!!
Address/Location
Saddle River NJ Police
83 E Allendale Rd
Saddle River, NJ 07458

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Criminal Activity Alert : Auto Thefts in The Burning Hollow Section of Saddle River

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January 26,2018

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Saddle River NJ , Saddle River Police report that early Tuesday morning two vehicles were stolen out of a driveway in the Burning Hollow section of Saddle River. These vehicles were unlocked and the key fobs were left in the vehicles.

If everyone removes the keys and key FOB’s from their vehicles these thefts will stop. Locking your vehicle when its in the driveway prevents car burglaries from occurring and deters criminals from our area.

These criminals will continue to come to our communities if they are successful at stealing cars. Patrol Officers have made contact with and arrested some of these actors during their shifts. We strongly advise residents not to confront these individuals.

If you see suspicious activity call the Saddle River Police desk anytime at 201-327-5300 or call 9-1-1

Address/Location
Saddle River NJ Police
83 E Allendale Rd
Saddle River, NJ 07458

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 201-327-5300

Capt. Jason Cosgriff
Saddle River Police Dept.
jcosgriff@saddleriverpd.com
201-327-5300

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Saddle River Police Report High End Auto Thefts and Burglaries by Felony Lane Gang

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November 7,2017

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Saddle River NJ, Saddle River police report that Saddle River and several neighboring jurisdictions have experienced high end auto thefts and auto burglaries. If everyone removes the keys and key FOB’s from their vehicles these thefts will stop. Locking your vehicle when its in the driveway prevents car burglaries from occurring and deters criminals from our area.

If you see suspicious activity call the Saddle River Police desk anytime at 201-327-5300 or call 9-1-1

There has been an uptick in residential burglaries countywide. It’s getting dark earlier and that can provide thieves the cover of darkness they like to operate in. If you have an alarm system make sure you activate it, even if you’re just running out for a few minutes. Remove your valuables from the master bedroom and it’s closet. If you have a safe make sure it is securely bolted in place. Even large safes have been carried out of homes during burglaries. Adjust your light timers accordingly to illuminate your residence to help deter an intruder. Security cameras are a great tool. Check your system now to make sure its functioning properly before an incident may happen.

Most crimes are prevented or criminals are caught when the public assists the Police by reporting suspicious persons and activity. Discuss this with your neighbors, family and friends. Advise them to secure their homes and to report suspicious activity when it is observed, not the following day. The eyes and ears of the community are of great assistance in preventing and solving crimes. Any suspicious activity can be reported to the police desk @ 201-327-5300 or by calling 9-1-1

For additional information or assistance please call Saddle River Police headquarters anytime at 201-327-5300.

Also be aware that the Felony Lane Gang is active in our area. They break into vehicles and steal identities. They target areas that women and mothers attend hoping to steal a purse that has been left behind by a busy women. This gang targets gyms, parks, daycare centers, and sporting events likely to be frequented by women and increasing the chances of finding purses left in vehicles; they conduct surveillance at these locations and unlawfully enter vehicles through unlocked doors or by using a window punch to break the window of a locked vehicle; and they specifically look for identification such as driver licenses, checks, and debit cards. Make sure any valuables and purses aren’t left in a vehicle to be stolen by these criminals.

Just a few simple steps will reduce your chances of being victimized by these criminals.

For additional information or assistance please call Saddle River Police headquarters anytime at 201-327-5300.

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Saddle River Police Report Another Car Stolen with Key Fob 

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Criminal Activity Alert – Auto Theft – West Saddle River Rd – Lock Vehicles – Remove Key Fob’s from ALL vehicles

October 15,2017
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Saddle River NJ, the Saddle River Police report that on Thursday the 12th a vehicle was stolen from the driveway of a residence off of West Saddle River Rd. The vehicle was unlocked and the key fob was left in the vehicle.

Saddle River and several neighboring jurisdictions have experienced high end auto thefts and auto burglaries. If everyone removes the keys and key FOB’s from their vehicles these thefts will stop. Locking your vehicle when its in the driveway prevents car burglaries from occurring and deters criminals from our area.

If you see suspicious activity call the Saddle River Police desk anytime at 201-327-5300 or call 9-1-1

Address/Location
Saddle River NJ Police
83 E Allendale Rd
Saddle River, NJ 07458

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 201-327-5300

Capt. Jason Cosgriff
Saddle River Police Dept.
jcosgriff@saddleriverpd.com
201-327-5300