Successful Coffee with a Cop!

On 11/12/2022, the Hillsdale Police Department in cooperation with Inserra Supermarkets hosted a "Coffee with a Cop" event at the Hillsdale Shop Rite. The event was attended by members of the Hillsdale Police Department with the goal to interact with the community.
Coffee with a Cop allows citizens to meet with police officers in an environment that facilitates relaxed conversations. Hillsdale Police Officers spoke with many residents about a variety of issues facing our community. We discussed topics from traffic control on side streets, firearms law, road construction, and flooding. 
We listened to what every resident had to say and made necessary referrals to the departments that could address the issues. We are looking forward to hosting another event in the first quarter of 2023. 
We would like to thank Inserra Supermarkets for hosting the event and we would also like to thank the residents who came to the event and spoke with us about their concerns.
The Hillsdale Police Department has been hosting "Coffee with a Cop" events since 2013 and we look forward to celebrating one decade of Coffee with a Cop with our residents in 2023. 

Flood Notification Process

Please see a copy of the recent notice given to all residents in flood-prone areas. This document was prepared in cooperation with the Borough of Hillsdale Office of Emergency Management. 


On behalf of the Hillsdale Emergency Services, we would like to remind you of our flood notification process.  

This neighborhood is prone to flooding, and below are recommendations so you can be notified in an appropriate manner. 

SwiftReach/Reverse 911

Hillsdale Police Department Body Worn Camera Deployment

As of February 21, 2022, the Hillsdale Police Department has implemented body-worn cameras.  All patrol units have been outfitted with these devices, and currently utilize them in all official law enforcement duties.  The footage captured by our officers will preserve interactions with the public, capture evidence to use in cases, and assist in the investigation of motor vehicle offenses.  Body-worn cameras provide training points to assess officer safety, best procedural practice, and interactions with the public. 


Body-worn camera video is similar to cell phone cameras.  The unit will be attached to an officer’s uniform or external vest carrier.  The camera will record in the direction the officer is facing and will capture audio and video within the camera’s field of vision.  Members of the public who interact with officers will be recorded on body camera video.  Officers will notify citizens when the camera is recording, which then an individual can request the camera be deactivated.  It will be at the officer’s discretion whether it is appropriate to deactivate the device.


Body-worn cameras are proven to:

Firearms Identification Card and Permits to Purchase Handguns and Permits to Carry

Hillsdale Police Department Points of Contact for Firearms Permitting:

Sgt. Matt Buesser

P.O. Dave Sayers

DET. Corey Rooney

P.O. Joseph Roma

The following are instructions for obtaining a New Jersey Firearms I.D. Card, Pistol Purchase Permit:

The Firearms Bureau handles all the applications for Firearms Identification Cards and Permits to Purchase Handguns.  Please follow the directions below to apply for a Firearms ID Card or a Pistol Purchase Permit.  A PDF version of the document can also be found attached at the bottom of this article.

If you need any assistance you may contact our firearms bureau at or by calling 201-664-4200.

Order you motor vehicle accident reports online!

PRESS RELEASE: Hillsdale Police Accreditation



Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

(Hillsdale, Bergen County NJ)  A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) on Monday, January 18th, 2021, will examine all aspects of the Hillsdale Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services Chief Robert Francaviglia announced today.

            “Verification by the team that the Hillsdale Police Department’s meets the Commission’s “best practice” standards is part of a voluntary process to achieve accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence”, Chief Robert Francaviglia said.

As part of this final on-site assessment, employees and members of the general public are invited to provide comments to the assessment team. They may do so by telephone or email.  The public may call (609) 432-0868 on Monday, January 18th, 2021, between the hours of 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM.  Email comments can be sent to

Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards.  Please contact Captain Sean Smith at (201) 664-4200 for information about the standards.

Hiring Announcement Fulltime and Substitute Crossing Guards

The Hillsdale Police Department currently has job openings for the position of “Crossing Guard”. This is an open application process with no expiration at this time.
Hourly Rate:  Currently $17.00 per hour.
Positions Available: Full time and substitute guards.
Requirements: Minimum 18 years old, valid driver’s license, good moral character.
Hours:  approximately 3-4.25 hours per day depending on schedule.
Please contact Lou Spagnoli at the Hillsdale Police Department for an application or questions.

The Borough of Hillsdale is an equal employment opportunity employer. Borough and Department policies prohibit discrimination against employees on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, military service, disability, gender identity, and other classifications protected by law. These policies also prohibit discrimination in the form of harassment of an individual on the basis of a protected classification.


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.


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