Garwood Police Alerts and Updates
The Garwood Police Department
Phone: 908-789-1500

Current updates and alerts for the Borough of Garwood


403 South Avenue 
Garwood, NJ 07027
Chief Bruce D. Underhill
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Garwood Police Alerts and Updates

Summers Here & So Is the Heat

by Garwood Police Department on 07/06/16

The hazy hot and humid days of summer of 2016 have arrived.  The Garwood Police Department would like to remind residents to take pro active measures to protect yourself from heat related health issues.  Resident s who do not have access to air conditioning, may come to Borough Hall and cool off.  Bathrooms and water are available and this is a great time to visit with members of the Police Department or take a tour of your Police Headquarters. 

The following are some tips and reminders  for residents to "breeze" through these warmer days: 

  1. Heat Stroke in Vehicle:  Every 10 days, vehiclular heat stroke kills a child in the United States.  Animals are unfortunately victims too.  Please remember not to leave children or animals in your vehicles for any amount of time, unattended or while parked.  It only takes a few minutes.
  2. Dress in loose, lightly colored clothing.  Limit outdoor activity
  3. Set AC units on 72 to maintain a comfortable and economical temperature.
  4. Pull shades and curtains shut to keep daily sun out and interior temperatures cooler.
  5. Drink plenty of water.
  6. Cool body temperature down with cool showers.
  7. Use ceiling and floor fans to move the air in your home and be sure to keep cords out of travel paths. Don't overload sockets.
  8. Cook outdoors on the grill during the evening hours when the sun is not as strong if possible.  Compliment your BBQ's with salads & non cooked items.
  9. Less electrical use will lower the community draw and lower bills.
  10. Check on neighbors and the elderly

Call 911 for any emergency and enjoy a safe and happy summer!

SCHOOLS OUT - RECREATION BEGINS

by Garwood Police Department on 06/27/16

Garwood's school year finished up June 17th.  Many schools in our surrounding Communities finish up June 24th.  With this, our kids will be more active during the day and the Garwood Police Department urge drivers to be alert for their presence and activities.

The Garwood Recreation program begins June 27 and continues through August, with hour of operation from 9am to 12 noon at the Sports and Athletic Field Complex.  Please be advised that officers will be stopping by the SAF from time to time, during the hours of operation to say hello to the kids and touch bases with the councilors.

Enjoy and have a safe summer!

Be Smart for Kids - Thirsday June 9th

by Garwood Police Department on 06/08/16

 

June 2nd is “National Gun Violence Day”.  This however, is not a day of celebration.  Sadly, the Garwood Police understand that every year, at least 100 children aged 17 and under die in unintentional shootings, and over 400 die by suicide with a gun.  Many of these deaths are entirely preventable with responsible gun storage and by taking some pro-active safety precautions.

 

Recognizing this, the Garwood Police Department is happy to host a “Be Smart For Kids” seminar on Thursday June 9th, at the Garwood Firehouse at 7pm.  Be Smart For Kids is a non-political program put on by group of parents, that hold an open and honest conversation about kids, guns and safety.   The Be Smart campaign promotes responsible gun storage and asks adults to take simple steps to reduce the harm that can occur when unsupervised children get ahold of an unsecured firearm.  Chief Underhill has attended many of Be Smart’s seminars and wants residents to know, that the seminar is strictly about being safe around the home & not a pro or con second amendment presentation.  It is also beneficial to those who do not own guns as well as those who do.

 

There is no fee for this seminar. Please come out and join us,  we look forward to meeting with our residents on Thursday the 9th at 7pm

 

Garwood Rocks 3 Scheduled for Sunday 6-5-16

by Garwood Police Department on 06/03/16

Our 2016 Garwood Rocks Street Fair has arrived.  Please be reminded that this is a rain or shine event.  Center Street will be closed from 7:30 to approximately 6pm with no parking permitted on Center Street from South Avenue to Unami Park.  Pine Street will be open for access across the south side of the Borough. 

Residents should plan ahead and park their vehicles on a side street.  Residents can call Police Headquarters and arrange for transportation to their vehicles if needed. motor vehicle access to the side streets can be gained via East & West Streets.

Again, this is a rain or shine event.  Any determination to cancel due to safety issues related to severe weather conditions will be made on site during the event and notification will be made via this site and social media including the UCfirstalert and Nixle systems.

2 Hour Parking Restriction - Commuter Parking Ordinance

by Garwood Police Department on 05/18/16

Local Ordinance 15-18  enacted in 2015 restricts parking in certain areas around the Borough to 2 hours between the hours of 10am to 2pm.  This is to prohibit commuters from parking on our side streets all day taking up valuable parking fronting your homes.  Some streets were already regulated as 1 hour or 2 hour parking from 7am to 7pm M-S.  This restriction remains in effect so look for the signs regulating your area.  

Residents can obtain "Preferred Parking Stickers" for their cars and placards for their daytime guests, which provide exemption from the 10am - 2pm restriction.  Residents can come to the Borough offices to obtain these items. 

All the signs are now in place.  The Police Department will begin to enforce on with summons beginning June 1st 2016.  Warnings will be issued starting immediately.  Please make every effort to obtain your residential ID stickers.

 

Be Smart for Kids - It's Up To All Of To Protect Our Kids

by Garwood Police Department on 05/13/16

June 2nd is “National Gun Violence Day”.  This however, is not a day of celebration.  Sadly, the Garwood Police understand that every year, at least 100 children aged 17 and under die in unintentional shootings, and over 400 die by suicide with a gun.  Many of these deaths are entirely preventable with responsible gun storage and by taking some pro-active safety precautions.

 

Recognizing this, the Garwood Police Department is happy to host a “Be Smart For Kids” seminar on Thursday June 9th, at the Garwood Firehouse at 7pm.  Be Smart For Kids is a non-political program put on by group of parents, that hold an open and honest conversation about kids, guns and safety.   The Be Smart campaign promotes responsible gun storage and asks adults to take simple steps to reduce the harm that can occur when unsupervised children get ahold of an unsecured firearm.  Chief Underhill has attended many of Be Smart’s seminars and wants residents to know, that seminar is strictly about being safe around the home & not a pro or con second amendment presentation.

 

Be Smart For Kids will also have a booth at the Garwood Rocks

street fair on June 5th and the Chief encourages you to stop by and

visit with them before their seminar on the 9th.  You can also learn

more about Be Smart For Kids at Besmartforkids.org and the Police

Departments web site at garwoodpd.org.

Garwood Rocks Street Fair - June 5th

by Garwood Police Department on 05/13/16

On Sunday, June 5, 2016 Garwood in conjunction with the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the second annual Garwood Rocks Street Fair from 10:00am - 5:00pm.  As we have seen in previous years, this promises to be a large community oriented event consisting of a large car show with nostalgic, vintage, and custom vehicles, displays by local and county Emergency Service and our Fire Service units.  In addition to these displays there will be music for all ages and of course venders with plenty of great food. This year the kids zone will be located at the top of Center Street near and in the park.  There is no rain date for this event.

 

The event will take place on Center Street from South Avenue to Hickory Avenue, continuing into the park.  The event will necessitate the closing of the previously mentioned streets from approximately 7:00am – 7:00pm.  No vehicular traffic other than those involved in the event, will be allowed on closed roadways.  Parking restrictions will be clearly posted.  This may cause a minor inconvenience for some.  For those of you residing on the south side – some of you will see barricades set up at the end of your blocks to prohibit vehicular traffic, please be assured that access to your homes will be available and local traffic can come and go as necessary via East and West Streets.  Officers will be cruising the area to assist with traffic, but I would ask that if you have to move a barricade, you then return it to its original position.  I would also request that those residents on Center Street and the 400 blocks of Hazel and Hemlock, plan ahead and park your vehicles on a side street.  If you need a ride to your vehicle, please call us and we will pick you up and transport you to & from.  Intersections will not be blocked by vehicles in case of emergency.  Access across the south side of town can be gained via Pine Avenue which will have an officer present all day.

 

I regret and apologize for any inconvenience, but hope you can attend and enjoy the day as it should be a wonderful event for all ages.  Please contact me if you have special needs or concerns by phone or e-mail at 908 789-3228 or Chiefunderhill@garwood.org.

 

Drop Off Your Unused or Expired Prescription Drugs

by Garwood Police Department on 04/27/16

 

On Saturday April 30th the Garwood Police Department will participate in "Operation Take Back".   Residents may bring their unused or expired prescription medication to Police Headquarters and drop them off to be safely disposed of.   A specially marked drop box will be set up in the lobby fronting the Dispatch Center for residents to use when dropping off their medications.  No "sharps" such as syringes will be accepted.

 

Be Smart For Kids - It's Up To All Of Us To Protect Kids

by Garwood Police Department on 04/27/16

 

June 2nd is “National Gun Violence Day”.  This however, is not a day of celebration.  Sadly, the Garwood Police understand that every year, at least 100 children aged 17 and under die in unintentional shootings, and over 400 die by suicide with a gun.  Many of these deaths are entirely preventable with responsible gun storage and by taking some pro-active safety precautions.

 

Recognizing this, the Garwood Police Department is happy to host a “Be Smart For Kids” seminar on Thursday June 9th, at the Garwood Firehouse at 7pm.  Be Smart For Kids is a non-political program put on by group of parents, that hold an open and honest conversation about kids, guns and safety.   The Be Smart campaign promotes responsible gun storage and asks adults to take simple steps to reduce the harm that can occur when unsupervised children get ahold of an unsecured firearm.  Chief Underhill has attended many of Be Smart’s seminars and wants residents to know, that seminar is strictly about being safe around the home & not a pro or con second amendment presentation.

 

Be Smart For Kids will also have a booth at the Garwood Rocks

street fair on June 5th and the Chief encourages you to stop by and

visit with them before their seminar on the 9th.  You can also learn

more about Be Smart For Kids at Besmartforkids.org and the Police

Departments web site at garwoodpd.org.

 

 

 

 

Parking Ordinance Update

by Garwood Police Department on 04/27/16

The DPW has informed the Police Department that all the signs relating to the new parking ordinance have been installed on the North side of town.  They will begin the installation process on the South side of the Borough shortly and this is expected to take about a month.  

The Police Department will begin to issue warnings only on the North side until all the signs are up on the South side.  Once all the signs are up, enforcement will begin on both sides of the Borough with parking summons being issued.  We remind all residents to stop at Borough Hall and obtain a sticker for your car and a placard for your visitors.  Residents with stickers are exempt from the ordinance.  The Police Department will notify residents via this site and other social media outlets when enforcement begins.

Please stop in or contact us if you have any questions, 908 789-1500.