Ridgefield Police Department

  • Agency: Ridgefield Police Department
  • Address: 76 East Ridge, Ridgefield, 06877 CT
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Phone: (203)431.2795
Fax: (203) 431-2741
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Ridgefield Police Department is located at 76 East Ridge, Ridgefield, 06877 CT. The Ridgefield Police Department phone number is (203)431.2795.

Ridgefield Police Department News

SWEARING-IN OF POLICE CHIEF JEFFERY KREITZ Join us for the Oath of Office Ceremony for Chief Kreitz on November 14, 2018 at 11:00 am at The Ridgefield Community Center at Lounsbury House Public is welcome. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

Hey everyone! The Save a Suit drive starts tomorrow! Let's start strong! All formal wear accepted! Tax deductible! Let's help Veterans look their best on interview day!!! You can drop your suits off at the Dapper Den!

Come join us this coming Sunday November 4th! The Ridgefield Police Benevolent Association hosts this fun and unique 5k that benefits the Women's Center of Greater Danbury. The runners will all get a head start, then the Ridgefield Police Officers will "give chase!" The host of this event will donate an extra dollar for every runner that an officer "catches" (pass)! The event takes place this Sunday, November 4, at 7:30 am. This family friendly race winds it's way around downtown Ridgefield and traverses roads, wooded trails, around buildings, through fields, and the rail trail!

Please come out Friday November 9th and help us stock the Ridgefield Food Pantry. Items Needed: Cereal, Spaghetti Sauce, Canned Fruit, Healthy Snacks, Tuna, Canned Chicken, Crackers, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Rice/Pasta Mixes. Please no bagged rice. We look forward to seeing you.

Visit RPD's Halloween Party tonight at Lounsbury House! Hours are 5pm to 9pm. Special thanks to The Prospector, Stop & Shop, Party Depot, Ridgefield Boys and Girls Club, and the Lounsbury House.

Halloween Safety Tips - Be visible- Always carry a flashlight and affix reflective tape to your costume - Trick or treat in groups and with a trusted adult - Avoid wearing masks as they can obstruct your view - Always cross the street at a crosswalk if one is available. Look both ways prior to crossing and never assume that a motorist sees you. Always walk; never run when crossing a street. - Use a sidewalk if one is available. If no sidewalk is available, walk on the far edge of the roadway facing traffic - Only trick or treat at well lit homes - Instruct your child ever enter the home of a stranger or enter the vehicle of a stranger - Instruct your child to bring home the candy so it can be inspected by you (the parent) prior to consumption. Never consume unwrapped treats - Report all suspicious activity immediately to the police- 911 for emergencies, 203-438-6531 for routine calls Be visible, be alert and be safe. Happy Halloween

Today, Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm the Ridgefield Police Department, in partnership with Rite Aid Pharmacy and the Ridgefield Prevention Council, is holding a prescription drug take-back initiative to promote the proper disposal of medications. Please stop by to drop off any dangerous, unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. They will be collected at Rite Aid of Ridgefield located at 125 Danbury Rd. People wishing to dispose of medications will not have to exit their vehicles. This service is free and completely anonymous. All medications that are collected as part of this initiative are taken to an incineration facility by Officers of the Ridgefield Police Department for destruction. Prescription drugs that languish in medicine cabinets create a public health and safety concern because they are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse continue to increase at alarming rates in the United States and studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, to include the family medicine cabinet. Officers from the Ridgefield Police Department will be present at this event and all wishing to dispose of unused or unwanted medications are encouraged to attend. The Ridgefield Police Department would like to thank Rite Aid Pharmacy and the Ridgefield Prevention Council for taking part in this initiative.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Event In partnership with Rite Aid Pharmacy and the Ridgefield Prevention Council, the Ridgefield Police Department is announcing their participation in a prescription drug take-back initiative to promote the proper disposal of medications. On Saturday October 27th, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm, potentially dangerous, unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications will be collected at Rite Aid of Ridgefield located at 125 Danbury Rd. People wishing to dispose of medications will not have to exit their vehicles. This service is free and completely anonymous. All medications that are collected as part of this initiative are taken to an incineration facility by Officers of the Ridgefield Police Department for destruction. Prescription drugs that languish in medicine cabinets create a public health and safety concern because they are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse continue to increase at alarming rates in the United States and studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, to include the family medicine cabinet. Officers from the Ridgefield Police Department will be present at this event and all wishing to dispose of unused or unwanted medications are encouraged to attend. As a reminder there is a prescription drug take-back box located in the front lobby of police headquarters (76 East Ridge Rd). This take back box is available to the public 24 hours a day/365 days of the year and is also completely anonymous. The Ridgefield Police Department would like to thank Rite Aid Pharmacy and the Ridgefield Prevention Council for taking part in this initiative.

The Ridgefield Police Department has received numerous concerned person calls regarding what is known as “booing.” To “boo” someone, you sneak onto their doorstep in the dark of night and leave tricks and treats. While we know this is done in fun and in the spirit of Halloween, some residents have called us believing that someone is trying to break into their vehicle(s). Please remember that residents have been vigilant for suspicious activity due to the increase of motor vehicle larcenies that our community has been experiencing. For the safety of all, please keep this in mind when taking part in this tradition.

****Traffic Update***** Rt. 7 is now open in both directions

****Traffic Alert**** Rt.7 is currently closed between Florida Hill Rd. and Rt.102 due to a snapped utility pole. Eversource has been notified. Expect heavy traffic delays in the area.

Come see us today at Safety Day!

Congratulations to Officer Carlos Olivares who graduated yesterday from the 361st session of the Connecticut Police Academy. Welcome to the team! Photo L-R Capt. Kreitz, Major Brown, Officer Olivares and Capt. Comstock

Safety Day is being held this Sunday (09/23/2018) at East Ridge Middle School between 10-2. Stop by and have your child passenger restraint system checked or installed by one of our technicians. No appointment is necessary

Safety Day 2018 On Sunday September 23, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm the Ridgefield Police Benevolent Association, the Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Department and the Ridgefield Professional Firefighters Association will be holding their Annual Safety Day in the parking lot of East Ridge Middle School (10 East Ridge Rd.). This event is family oriented and admission is free. Events: - At 11:00 am there will be a K-9 demonstration by Officer Murray and K-9 Loki - At 12:15 pm the Eagle One Helicopter will be landing on the ball field for a demonstration - Child car seat inspection/installation station (no appointment necessary) - Fire safety trailer - Fire and Police vehicles will be on display throughout the event - Crash simulators - Information Tables: R.V.N.A, Lyme Connection, Ridgefield Police Benevolent Association, Ridgefield Fire Department, C.E.R.T (Community Emergency Response Team), Firearm Safety, CT S.A.R.T (State Animal Response Team), and more Come and join the Firefighters, Police Officers and organizations who proudly serve the Town of Ridgefield. In the event of foul weather Safety Day will be cancelled. We will post the cancellation on our Facebook page if needed.

Today we said goodbye to our leader, Police Chief John S. Roche. You dedicated your life to protecting and serving the community and they could not have asked for a better man. Your footprint will always be ingrained in this department and in this town. You left an everlasting impression that will forever stay with all of us. Rest easy Chief, for you deserve it. The Roche family and the Ridgefield Police Department would like to express their gratitude to the community as well as area police departments for the outpouring of support that has been received.

*****Road Closure***** The service for Police Chief John S. Roche will be held tomorrow, September 7, 2018, at 1015 AM at St. Mary’s Church located on Catoonah St. Catoonah St. will be closed tomorrow between the Post Office and High Ridge Ave. starting at 9:30 AM and will reopen at approximately 11:30 AM. Following the service the procession will travel south on High Ridge Ave. to King Ln. to Main St. to Branchville Rd. to East Ridge Rd. (stopping in front of Police Headquarters) to Governor St. to Main St. to North Salem Rd. to North St. and ending at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Expect delays in the area

Obituary for Police Chief John S. Roche Retired Ridgefield Police Chief, John S. Roche, 62, passed away on Thursday, August 30, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of Patricia (Hance) Roche. Chief Roche was born on September 22, 1955 in Rockville Centre, NY; raised in Little Neck, New York; son of the late Edward and Emmy Roche. John met his wife, high school sweetheart, and best friend Patty in Manhasset, New York. In 1980 they settled down in Ridgefield to start a family. John passionately pursued a career as a police officer and his dream to be Chief. Chief Roche's career as a police officer began in Morris County, New Jersey, where he served as a Patrolman. He then moved to the Ridgefield Police Department, making his way through the ranks before being named Chief. His extensive list of Police accolades include: a graduate of Class #172 of the FBI National Academy, and Ridgefield Police Officer of the Year in 1983. Chief Roche proudly served the community he loved. As a respected member of the Ridgefield community, Chief John Roche was a baseball coach, Assistant Scout Master, parishioner of St. Mary Church, a member of the Rotary Club, and countless town and community committees. In his personal time he enjoyed fishing, hiking, working around the house, being with his granddaughters, and most of all, traveling and spending time with his wife. To his family he was the stoic father, handyman, mechanic, philosopher, comedian, artist, and go to guy for questions big and small, always there to lend his guidance, his time, and a helping hand at a moment's notice. Above all he loved his family. Chief Roche is survived by his wife of 40 years, Patty and their 4 children: Amanda Almstead and her husband, Brett; Megan Roche; Michael Roche and Steve Roche; his two granddaughters, Marin and Sydney Almstead; and his brother, William Roche and sister, Sharon Angyal. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Kane Funeral Home; 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 10:15 AM at St. Mary's Church; 55 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery; 110 North Street, Ridgefield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Ridgefield Police Fund, 76 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877

It is with heavy hearts that the men and women of the Ridgefield Police Department announce the death of Chief John Roche. The Chief dedicated his life to law enforcement. We marched behind him proudly. Chief Roche was a police officer for nearly forty years. His exemplary leadership and devotion showed us the right way to serve. The members and staff of the Ridgefield Police Department and the Ridgefield Police Commission offer our condolences and prayers to the Chief’s family. Chief- You were a great leader, a great cop and a great man. We will miss your smile, your laughter and your stories. Your door was always open and you truly cared about each and every one of us. You wore the uniform with pride and only did great things. You were proud of us, as we were of you. You will be greatly missed. Chief, may you Rest In Peace.

The Silver Alert for Joseph Bonistalli has been CANCELLED. He was located and is safe and sound.

Thank you Chief Roche Chief John Roche announced his retirement from the Ridgefield Police Department on August 24, 2018. Chief Roche has served the department for nearly 38 years. He started his career as a patrol officer in Ridgefield in 1980. Prior to coming to Ridgefield, Chief Roche was a police officer in Rockaway, New Jersey. Chief Roche graduated from the Morris County Police Academy in 1979. He was the spokesperson of the graduating class and received a Certificate of Merit for his accomplishments during the academy. As a patrol officer in Rockaway, the Chief received two commendations for his service. Chief Roche was hired as a Ridgefield Police Officer in 1980 and finished 2nd in his class from the Connecticut Police Academy. The Chief held several positions at the department in his career. He was appointed to the Detective Division in 1983. He was promoted to sergeant in 1986 and lieutenant in 1990. Subsequently he achieved the rank of captain in 1991 and major in 1999. In 2008 he was named the department’s fifth chief of police. Chief Roche is a graduate of Class #172 of the FBI National Academy. He has received numerous awards and commendations in his career, including Ridgefield Officer of the Year in 1983. The men and women of the department will miss Chief Roche’s leadership. The Chief was in the forefront of progressive law enforcement practices. He was instrumental in updating the department’s technology and procedures to enhance our ability to perform at a high level. He is leaving an incredible legacy and we wish the Chief and his family the best. From the men and women of the Ridgefield Police Department: Chief Roche- you were a first class chief and are a first class gentleman. Thank you for the leadership, the dedication and the pride that you showed every day. You are a man who we all look up to and a man who we all have learned from. The men and women of the Ridgefield Police Department are honored to have worked with/for you. Congratulations on your retirement. Chief Roche WE SALUTE YOU!

Captain McDevitt, it has been an honor and a privilege working side by side with you over the years. We wish you the best and congratulations on a distinguished career. From all of us up on the hill, WE SALUTE YOU!

Today is the final day for Police Dispatcher Isabel “Issy” Caporale who is retiring after 11 years of service. She is a lifelong Ridgefielder and the definition of a “townie.” Issy is active in the community and in her spare time referees lacrosse, field hockey and basketball from youth-college level. Prior to dispatching, Issy served in the United States Coast Guard for 25 years earning the rank of Chief E7. Issy is beginning a new career in private security for St. Mary's School here in Ridgefield. Thank you for your service to the town and always helping to keep us safe. Good Luck Issy!