Press Release

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:

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.

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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