National Night Out
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August.
Junior Police Academy
In 2001 the Lyndhurst Police Department created the Lyndhurst Junior Police Academy (LJPA). The LJPA was created to introduce young men and women to the world of policing. Selected young men and women become recruits and are tasked both mentally and physically. Representatives from agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bergen County Sheriffs Department Bureau of Criminal Identification, Bomb Squad, and K-9 Units, Drug Enforcement Administration, Lyndhurst Police Emergency Response Team, New Jersey State Police Aviation Unit, and others are on hand to give recruits a taste of the many exciting fields of law enforcement.
There is plenty of discipline during the program that helps to mold recruits into future members of the law enforcement community. The program is open to all seventh grade students within the township. Prospective candidates submit an essay stating their interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement. From these submissions 30-40 recruits are selected from within our school district.
Coffe with a Cop
A program offered by the Lyndhurst Township Police Department offers our citizens an informal venue to ask questions or voice their concerns.
Officers from the Lyndhurst Police Department will be periodically available to answer law enforcement related questions during our Coffee with a Cop events held at different businesses throughout the Township.
The Coffee with a Cop program is a unique way to strengthen the partnership between the police department and community we serve. It is designed to enhance communication between concerned citizens and township police officers. This type of open dialogue plays a critical role in establishing a true partnership between the community and the police department. Members of the community will be able to ask specific or general questions related to the neighbourhoods they live in.
The Lyndhurst Police Department places a high priority on community partnerships and believes these types of events can only foster better relationships.
The police department hosts the Coffee with a Cop on several occasions throughout the year at different shops or restaurants in the township.
Additional dates and locations will be posted on the Lyndhurst Police Department’s social media outlets as they become available.
Residents are invited to register their bicycles with our agency free of charge so that in the event the bike is lost or stolen, our officers would be able to identify it more easily. This will also enable our officers to return found bicycles in a more efficient manner.
Interested residents can log on to: https://www.nationalbikeregistry.com/ and follow the simple directions. Our agency has access to this registry, and will be able to search for ownership upon locating a bicycle.
The Lyndhurst Police Department is proud to announce a community partnership with several of our local businesses. To help promote safe riding and kindness, officers from the Lyndhurst Police Department will be issuing “tickets” to kids observed wearing their helmets while riding their bicycles, or simply just doing something kind. This also applies to those kids who are observed riding scooters, skates and skateboards. The tickets can be turned in to receive a free small Italian Ice from the Lyndhurst Pastry Shop, a free slice of pizza from one of our partnering pizzerias, or a small slurpee from 7-Eleven.
We feel that these interactions are a unique way to promote safety while also being a great way for our youth to get to meet our officers and have a positive connection with our members.
Distracted & Impaired Driving Education
Throughout the school year, Officers in conjunction with our School Resource Officers will conduct an array of demonstrations, presentations, and offer many tips as it relates to distracted and impaired driving. Through the use of impairment goggles, officers will allow students to operate a golf cart on an obstacle course to experience just how serious the dangers are. Additionally, outside presenters, props, and simulators are often brought in to offer an outside perspective beyond that of law enforcement. Through a collaborative relationship with the Lyndhurst Board of Education, our agency offers a high level of dedication to getting our message out.
Crime Prevention Presentations
Each year, Officers in conjunction with our state, county, and federal partners in law enforcement will often offer presentations to parents, students, teachers, and residents in specific topics to help reduce the potential of being victimized. From identity theft, to cyber crimes, through trending scams, our agency strives to ensure the utmost safety of our community.