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Ridgewood officials discuss safety plans for ‘Backwoods’ student dance


Ridgewood officials discuss safety plans for ‘Backwoods’ student dance

APRIL 7, 2014    LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014, 5:05 PM

The reported numbers of unruly teens observed at each of the semiannual RHS Backwoods dances have raised safety concerns among the Ridgewood Council, but police officials believe that the overall positives outnumber any negatives that result from the organized gatherings.

With preparations under way for the next Backwoods dance, typically held in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square every June and September, members of the Ridgewood Police Department last week discussed the trends as well as the pros and cons of the event with Village Council members.

Police also recommended additional officers to staff the upcoming dance.

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3 thoughts on “Ridgewood officials discuss safety plans for ‘Backwoods’ student dance

  1. “”I’m not concerned about 16-year-old kids jumping up to … music and having a great time wearing fluorescent colors turning on police officers,” he said.”

    I had to read this sentence twice. “Turning on” someone meant something very different to me.

  2. Clearly we need to hire more police on a full time basis in order to handle this twice a year event.

  3. No we need more DPW workers to clean up after your little beauties just like their mommy’s.

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