The Hillsdale Police Department will be accepting applications for the position of full-time Police Officer. 

Applications will be available at police headquarters, 380 Hillsdale Avenue,...

Please come join us on Sunday, October 8th for our annual open house in cooperation with the Hillsdale Fire Volunteer Department and Hillsdale Volunteer Ambulance.

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Come join members of the Hillsdale Police Department on Wednesday October 4th, 2017 from 8am-10am at the Hillsdale Starbucks to discuss community issues and enjoy a free cup of coffee.

Hillsdale residents west of Pascack Road should be aware that the west side prohibited parking ordinance takes effect this coming weekend, August 30th  through October 30th.

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Chief Francaviglia and the Hillsdale Police Department are proud to announce that we will be hosting our 3rd annual National Night Out on August 1st 2017 at the Memorial Field in Hillsdale from...




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New Emergency Equipment

Recently, the Hillsdale Police Department acquired a used military “High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle” (HMMWV), or commonly referred to a HUMVEE.

The Hillsdale Police Department was able to acquire vehicle through the government’s “1033 Program” which was created to transfer excess military equipment to local law enforcement agencies at no cost to the municipalities. The "Law Enforcement Support Office" (LESO) administers the program and oversees the distribution of the equipment to local enforcement agencies. 

The model that the Hillsdale Police Department acquired is considered an “ambulance style vehicle” and will be used for utility purposes by the Department. Given its versatile nature we will be able use it during storms and high water incidents. 

Additionally, we will be able to load the vehicle barricades, cones and other over sized items that do not fit in our standard patrol vehicles so they can be quickly deployed in an emergency incident.




Safe Exchange Zone

The Hillsdale Police Department, maintains a "Safe Exchange Zone" at the Hillsdale Police Station. This zone is to help ensure that buyers and sellers of good have a safe location in which to perform their transactions. Currently the Hillsdale Police Department maintains two distinct locations for safe exchanges; the first area is the lobby of the Hillsdale Police Station located at 380 Hillsdale Ave Hillsdale, NJ. The second location is in the rear of the building and there is a sign that clearly indicates that it is a "Safe Exchange" area. Both areas are covered by our security cameras as a further deterrent against robbery or fraud.  The Hillsdale Police does not permit the sale of firearms, or any other illegal items or contraband.   

Should you have any questions you may contact Captain Sean Smith, who is the "Safe Exchange" Program Coordinator.

National Drug Take Back April 30th 2016

The Hillsdale Police Department will once again participate in the National Drug Take back day sponsored by the DEA. We will be collecting drugs at police headquarters from 10am-2pm on April 30th.  We are not allowed to accept liquids or hypodermic syringes. If you are unable to drop your drugs off during that time, you can always drop your drugs off at the permanent drug drop off site which can be located via this handy search tool.

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Zero Tolerance for Halloween and Mischief Night

This year the Hillsdale Police Department will be conducting a Zero Tolerance Policy this year during “Mischief Night” and Halloween (October 30th and 31st). This policy is vital for the safety of our children and the protection of property. We are urging parents to take an active role in order to assist us in this endeavor.

Historically, our community had experienced significant property damage as well as mischievous and criminal behavior by unsupervised juveniles and young adults on these nights. We also had problems with juveniles congregating in large groups in various areas of town. Parents and guardians should be aware of the activity that occurs when their children are out unsupervised. Most property damage and criminal activity occurs when seemingly harmless behavior and pranks escalate out of control.

Parents should establish dialogue with their children about unacceptable behavior or more importantly, not allow their children out without adult supervision. Parents must be cognizant of their children’s actions and behavior. Children leaving the home dressed in dark clothing and/or in possession of items such as eggs, shaving cream and other malicious items traditionally a formula for trouble.

Hillsdale Police Department Annual Report 2014

As the ninth Police Chief of Hillsdale, I have been responsible for this department since August 1, 2014 and it has been my privilege and honor to be in this position. This is my first annual report that I have completed as Chief, I hope you find it informative and insightful in gaining an understanding of the functions and duties of the department.

The members of this department are strongly committed to the concepts of serving and protecting you and your families. The officers take serious responsibility of the community caretaker function.

As Chief I have been afforded a tremendous opportunity of taking over this department with almost half of the patrol officers having less than three years of service in law enforcement. This has given me the chance to change the culture of the organization and giving all of the officers an opportunity to change the attitude of “that’s the way it has always been done”. The organization now gives the officers to be a stake holders in the organization, where they can elaborate on what they would like see accomplished within the agency and take ownership. With a team work philosophy more can be done within the community. That being said, a quote from Stephen Covey who I find inspirational sums it up:

“An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success”.

George White Traffic Pattern

The Hillsdale Police Department will be launching a new traffic pattern at the George G. White Middle School for student drop off and pick up times. The traffic pattern will increase the safety of the students as well as allowing for a better flow of vehicles around the school area.

Most notably the plan will restrict vehicles from turning onto Magnolia Avenue from Hillsdale Avenue, essentially turning Magnolia Avenue in front of the school into a one way street during drop off and pick up times. All vehicles will need to access Magnolia Avenue from Liberty Avenue, Cross Street, Conklin Avenue, Large Avenue or Piermont Avenue.

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