Violence Crisis Response Team Implemented by G.R.P.D.
The Department announced that beginning May 1st,
they will have in place a Crisis Response Team to assist those
residents who are the victims of Domestic Violence. The
program is in response to a State mandate that communities have a
service available to their residents to provide crisis
intervention and emotional support to the victims of a domestic
The team is staffed by a group of volunteers who
undergo 40 hours of specialized training conducted by the
Alternatives to Domestic Violence, Shelter our Sisters, as well as
the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office. Glen Rock Sgt.
Dean Ackermann, who is in charge of the domestic violence training
for the department, will serve as the liaison.
A team member will respond to the police station,
during the night, on weekends and holidays, for any domestic
violence situation. Beyond
providing emotional support, the volunteers will assist the victim
by encouraging them to cooperate with the investigating officers.
Their role includes helping victims understand the laws and
services available to them, providing immediate safety and shelter
needs for them or their children, assuring that they understand
their domestic violence rights, as well as the full range of
services that are available to them.
Don't be surprised if
you get a recorded telephone call from the Glen Rock Police
It's just a new community service tool that has been added to the
police department’s dispatch center (Northwest Bergen Central
system, called REVERSE 911®,
is a computerized calling program that allows police to call up to
450 people an hour with a recorded message.
REVERSE 911® Interactive Notification System was
developed by SIGMA MICRO CORPORATION in 1993 to give public safety
agencies and emergency management groups the technology to quickly
contact citizens in a specific geographic area and communicate
vital information. The foundation of the system is built using a
database of all residents and businesses' addresses and phone
numbers and computer mapping technology for a designated location.
The system programs telephone numbers to be automatically called
to deliver pre-recorded messages. The turnkey system is a
stand-alone product that does not interact with departments’
current 911 programs.
Glen Rock and Ridgewood Police Departments, through their
shared dispatch center, purchased the system with some assistance
of The Valley Hospital Association and are one of the first
agencies in Bergen County to obtain the REVERSE 911®
community notification system. Most residents know to call 911 in
case of an emergency. The Reverse 911 system allows the police to
call residents and businesses in a potential emergency.
According to Center Director, Robert Greenlaw, the Reverse 911
system saves time and manpower in emergency situations. "In
those first few minutes of an emergency, there is usually a
shortage of resources for the police, fires and EMS
responders." Greenlaw said. "By implementing this
technology, we can simultaneously contact our emergency responders
and tell them to report to their headquarters and send
pre-recorded messages to certain neighborhoods and businesses
notifying them to take shelter, or to take other emergency
measures. The system's software allows a programmer to specify a particular area,
and then send a message to all the listed telephones in that area.
The system can be used to communicate an unlimited number of
public safety events. Whether a department needs help finding a
missing child, needs to warn a neighborhood of a hazardous spill
or wants to communicate about a rash of burglaries to a
neighborhood, REVERSE 911® can help public safety
agencies connect with people when it counts.
In addition, the system could notify residents of potential
water shortages or restrictions, mosquito sprayings or even of an
emergency evacuation of a neighborhood.
“The plans for how Glen Rock Police will
utilize the system are still being developed, said Chief Steven
Cherry. "We'll tailor it according to the
resources we have and what the citizens tell us they most want.”
Because the REVERSE
911® software is so advanced, police can use the tool
to notify every convenience store in the Borough if there's been a
string of robberies, or notify all downtown businesses if someone
has been targeting the downtown area with check forgeries.
One option is to set up a "senior
watch" for older people living alone. Under the voluntary
program, the system would call each person's number at a certain
time every day, and the person on the other end would enter a
numerical code signaling that everything is OK. If there is no
answer, the system could notify a designated relative, neighbor,
or even officers to check-in on that person and make sure
everything is OK.
more information on the REVERSE 911 system, please visit
their web site at: http://www.reverse911.com/.
Police Officers Trained in Automated
Glen Rock Police Department’s entire force is trained in the use of Automated External
Defibrillation (AED) units. Presently, the officers are all CPR
certified and have completed a 4-day First Responder
training program certifying them in first aid, as well as, the AED.
This will provide the Borough and citizens’ of Glen Rock with a
more comprehensive cardiac care program.
is a recognized means of changing certain potentially fatal heart
rhythms using a direct current that applies a brief, high-energy
pulse of electricity to the heart muscle," explained Officer
Eric Reamy, who is also an Emergency Medical Technician. He stated
that use of the "AED is only one component of the medical
care required to resuscitate a patient with a shockable cardiac
rhythm. Depending on the situation, other supportive measures may
include CPR, supplemental oxygen, and advanced life support,
provided by area paramedics." Reamy added, "Even with
all this training and equipment, early CPR is still an important
part of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest."
department received five Physio
Control Lifepak 500 AED units that were donated by Hackensack
University Medical Center and will be carried in the patrol
cars. Each unit weighs about six pounds and is about the size of a
phone book. Chief Steven Cherry stated, "We have an excellent
emergency medical service in the Borough, however our officers are
usually the first rescuers to a scene, making it essential for us
to have these units and be trained in this critical component of
the chain of survival for a cardiac emergency.
read about the first life saved, in Glen Rock on 9/16/99, using
the AED, please click on Press
The Glen Rock Police Department has recently acquired four
pairs of Fatal Vision Goggles to be used in conjunction
with the D.A.R.E. training program as well as traffic safety
demonstrations performed for high school students and other
groups. These goggles, which cost approximately $700.00, were made
available by the Glen Rock Municipal Drug Alliance. This group
generously funds Glen Rock’s D.A.R.E. program and provided
funding for the purchase of these special goggles.
What is Fatal Vision?
When Fatal Vision goggles are worn, they allow an individual
the opportunity to experience the dangers of impairment from drugs
and alcohol without suffering the all-to-real consequences. They
have a first-hand account of impairment of driving skills,
coordination, and personal judgement.
History of Fatal Vision Goggles, And How They Are Used.
Fatal Vision simulator goggles are manufactured by Innocorp,
Ltd. located in Wisconsin. They were first introduced at the
Conference on Wisconsin Highway Safety, in June 1996, by then
Governor Tommy Thompson. Fatal Vision goggles are presently used
for instruction in forty-six states, however the appeal for their
use is worldwide. Teachers and instructors from many traffic
safety and drug awareness programs use them as teaching aids. Some
of the organizations that use them are: D.A.R.E. officers,
Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD), Racers Against Drunk
Driving (RADD), Business Against Drunk Driving (BADD), chapters of
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the United States Military
(US Air Force, US Army, US Navy, and National Guard), hospitals,
and insurance companies.
How do the Fatal Vision Goggles Work?
Fatal vision goggles appear to be similar to other eye
protection which might be worn while working in a woodshop, on a
vehicle, or around the yard. However, the fatal vision goggles
have specially cut lenses that distort visual perception.
When wearing them, a person sees things in a distorted view-as
if they were under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Once a
person has them on, they may be asked to perform certain tasks,
which under normal conditions would not seem difficult to
complete. But with the distortion from the goggles, these tasks
now become difficult and sometimes even impossible to complete.
The Glen Rock Police Department has four pairs of the Fatal
Vision goggles. Two simulate impaired daytime viewing and the
others simulate impaired night vision. If your group would like a
Fatal Vision presentation, or if you would like more information,
please contact Sgt. Dan Dour at (201) 652-3800 or
E-Mail via D.A.R.E.
Police Department Tours
In an effort to educate the community, especially children and
young adults, the Glen Rock Police Department offers informative
tours at police headquarters. These officer-guided events include
a tour of our communications facility, processing (booking) area,
patrol cars, and holding cells. They have been
conducted in the past for various scouting groups, as well as
numerous student class-groups from our school system. Topics
discussed vary widely from group to group depending upon age and
particular interests. Some of the things discussed with younger
groups may include: when and how to use 9-1-1, and what to do in
an emergency, as well as a question and answer period.
If your group or organization would like to have a tour of Glen
Rock Police headquarters, contact Captain Jonathan Miller at
(201) 670-3953 to set up a tour appointment. The tour takes
approximately 30-45 minutes depending upon the age and size of the
group. Maximum group size is limited to 12-15 people.