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Statement Regarding Community Concerns


The Hillsdale Police Department is committed to learning all of the facts that revolve around the recent media coverage relating to thefts and vandalism of “Black Lives Matter” lawn signs, as well as other acts of mischief. Hillsdale remains a beautiful safe community and we will not let our neighborhoods be terrorized by would-be thieves. Given the importance and emotional nature of these incidents and investigations, we wish to issue the following statement:

Based on our own records, we have the following information to share: The total number of “Black Lives Matters” signs that were reported stolen to the Hillsdale Police Department is six (6), and two (2) additional signs were defaced. There were three (3) reported incidents of harassment related to the signs displayed at two (2) residences in July. This is in direct contrast of recent social media reports that signs are continued to be stolen and acts of harassment are on-going. If in fact that is true, the Hillsdale Police Department has not received any reports and we need the public to report this activity.

Hiring Announcement: Full Time Police Officer

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

Applications will be available online from September 11th, 2020, through October 15th, 2020.  All applications and related materials can be returned to the Hillsdale Police Department headquarters 24/7 and completed applications must be returned by 3:00 pm on October 15th, 2020.  

The application is also available for download at www.HillsdalePolice.com

All applicants must complete an application.  Returned applications must be accompanied by the:

·         Applicant’s cover letter

·         Detailed resume

·         Copy of PTC certificate or Class II certificate

·         Photocopy of the applicant’s valid New Jersey driver’s license

*Incomplete Applications Packets will not be considered*

To be eligible for the position, applicants must:

•                     Possess a New Jersey Police Training Commission (PTC) certificate for full-time municipal police officers or a Special Class II certification at the time of application.

•                     Be a citizen of the State of New Jersey

•                     Be of good moral character

•                     Be at least eighteen (18) years old

•                     Possess a minimum of a High School Diploma or hold a GED

•                     Possess a valid New Jersey driver’s license

Unity in the Community

Hillsdale Police Department Community Outreach Event

This event is to help restart and support our local businesses

      Chief Robert Francaviglia and the Hillsdale Police Department wish to do their part in showing support to our local businesses and at the same time promote solidarity in our community. In light of the COVID-19 and the events surrounding our nation today, the Hillsdale Police Department is pleased to announce we are sponsoring a poster contest. The message of each poster will be “Unity in the Community”. All submissions must promote resiliency and solidarity and should include a Hillsdale theme. The poster dimensions should be no larger than 16”x20”.  The first 200 submissions, will receive a $10.00 gift card to a Hillsdale food establishment. All posters will be submitted along with the artist’s name and address by taking a photo and emailing it to Lt. McLaughlin at dmclaughlin@hillsdalepolice.com, who will schedule a pickup of the poster and present the $10.00 gift card. The department’s command staff will judge the winners. Select posters will be displayed at a local business for everyone to enjoy. At this time, the contest is only open to Hillsdale residents, however, depending on the number of submissions, this may be further opened up to a wider audience. The deadline for submissions will be July 4th.  

There will be 3 prizes awarded:

1st Place - $100.00 gift card to ANY business in Hillsdale

3/20/2020 Update from Borough Officials


March 20, 2020

Contact for Borough Administration:

Christopher J. Tietjen, Borough Administrator: ctietjen@hillsdalenj.org 201-666-4800 ext. 1504

Contact for the Office of Emergency Management:

William Franklin, OEM Coordinator: bfranklin@hillsdalenj.org

Jon Najarian, Deputy OEM Coordinator: jnajarian@hillsdalenj.org


Dear Hillsdale Residents,

The Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission (who serves as the Health Department for the Borough) informed the Office of Emergency Management and Borough Administration that one of our residents tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first reported cased within the Borough.

The Health Department is currently working to conduct a thorough investigation to identify individuals with whom the patient may have come in contact with. Officials will then contact them in order to provide the necessary supports and guidance.

All School Facilities Closed

Please see the letter sent to parents of Hillsdale School System earlier yesterday by Superintendent Robert Lombardy

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We offer this email to inform you that all school property is off-limits while we find ourselves in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak and encouraging the practice of “social distancing.”

Our parking lots, fields, basketball courts, playground equipment, and blacktop areas are off-limits. Your cooperation is required in ensuring your children do not access these locations.

We thank you in advance and look forward to the return of outdoor activity when deemed safe by our health professionals.

Again, all school property inclusive of the George G White Middle School fields and blacktop, Meadowbrook School fields, playground and blacktop and the Ann Blanche Smith School fields, playground and blacktop are completely off-limits.


Robert Lombardy Jr., Ed.S.
Superintendent of Schools
Hillsdale Public Schools

How to File a Report (COVID-19 Precautions)

March 16, 2020

Our department is asking you to please follow these precautions during the COVID-19 outbreak:

In case of emergency dial 911 and headquarters is open for emergencies, however;

  • Avoid coming to Police Headquarters unless you absolutely have to.
  • You should call first and be screened by the Dispatcher if your matter is not an emergency. 
  • Most reports can be handled over the phone and faxed or emailed to you.

Our great dispatchers handle EVERY single 9-1-1 Police, Fire, and EMS call that comes in; Our personnel are limited and we cannot afford to lose them during this National, State, County and Local emergency. We must enact measures to protect our personnel during this Pandemic.

We are committed to providing the highest level of service to our residents as we have always done.

Our officers are highly trained and have witnessed some of the largest disasters to affect the area from 9/11 to Super Storm Sandy and everything in between, we’ve always been here. Sometimes on double and triple shifts, with little sleep. But we’ve always been able to serve. This virus has the potential to disrupt our operations if we don’t make these changes.

Stay safe, stay healthy and help each other. Together we will get through this. Thank you for your cooperation, understanding, and support.



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