North Bergen has seen a 5.15 percent reduction in overall crime in the past five years, with sharp reductions in burglary, robbery, and auto theft in 2015, according to statistical research in the police department’s recently published annual report. Crime statistics in the township are significantly below statistics across the state and county.
“Our police department is something that all North Bergen residents can be very proud of and this report details many of the reasons why,” said Mayor Nicholas Sacco. “The men and women of the department work hard every day, putting their lives on the line to keep our community safe, and we all respect their bravery and dedication to North Bergen.”
The report details information on new technological and community policing initiatives implemented by Police Chief Robert Dowd, including Intelligent Traffic Enforcement technology, a new analytic unit, renovations to the monitoring and dispatch facilities, and launching of the North Bergen Township Alternative Policing Strategy (NBTAPS).
Also noted in the report were the numerous new hires and promotions in 2015, resulting in a force that is 55 percent Hispanic, firmly reflecting the community and making it one of the most diverse police departments in the state.
“Being open and transparent with the community helps build trust and that’s why we work hard to disseminate information to residents with initiatives like our Annual Report,” said Chief Dowd. “We are all very proud of the accomplishments our officers have made in the last year and of the progress our department has seen with their hard work.”
The annual report is posted on the police department website at northbergenpolice.com.