Chief of Police Anthony Jannicelli

2001 - Present

Welcome to the Woodcliff Lake Police Department web site.  2014 was the 60th anniversary of our agency.  I have attempted to preserve the best from the past, as well as continuing to be on the cutting edge of training, equipment, and personnel.  We are committed to providing the highest quality of service to those who live and work in Woodcliff Lake.  We have continued to build on our programs, established over many years of dedicated commitment, in order to provide a pro-active approach to law enforcement.  We have established our Community Policing Sector Program, which has been given both media and national attention, being published in the IACP Police Chief magazine. Residents and businesses have officers assigned to their neighborhood and business.  Please reach out to your sector officer for any “non-emergency” needs or questions.  As you go through this web site, you will be introduced to the many areas, services and programs that your Police Department has to offer you.  I will be including and updating information here, that I submit to the Borough News Letter.

Thank you, Chief Anthony Jannicelli, Woodcliff Lake Police Department.







School Safety: Since the tragedy at Columbine, our agency has actively trained and upgraded equipment to deal with emergencies in or around our schools. In 2017, by the order of the, Bergen County Prosecutor, our officers received updated and revised “Active Shooter” training. This is in conjunction with neighboring police agencies and our schools.  Our officers also conduct unannounced “walk-throughs” of our schools, as well as neighboring high schools.  The costs for the training and equipment, not covered by grants, and donations, are justified and necessary to do all we can to protect our children and faculty.  Our six firearms instructors are also Active Shooter Instructors.  As a result, at least one of these instructors will be working on our school days. I suggest that if any of our “school parents” want additional information, they should please take part in our “ride-a-long” program, described below. 


Ride-Along Program- This program is still in existence.  Anyone over the age of 18, who lives or works in Woodcliff Lake, may take part.  Participants will get a tour of our police station, and will see the equipment carried in our patrol cars.  The ride-along will be with an officer, giving you a tour of the town from the “police perspective”.  Participants must call for an appointment to 201-391-8224, M-F 8 am -4 pm, and will be required to sign a hold harmless waiver. 


Under Age Drinking: Borough ordinance prohibits the active or constructive possession, or consumption of alcohol on private property for individuals less than 21 years of age.  Parents are urged to instruct their underage children to immediately leave a party where alcohol or illegal drugs are available to them.  Failure to do so may result in charges, even if they did not consume alcohol or drugs.  Penalties include a fine and loss of the underage individual’s driver’s license, (or postponement of the license if under age 17).  Homeowners can, and have been charged under state law for making alcohol available to underage people.  This would be in addition to any civil litigation that may result in allowing this.


STOP for Pedestrians in Crosswalk: This law has been amended from “yield” to pedestrians.  Drivers must make a complete Stop for the Pedestrian in a crosswalk. However, pedestrians must obey and cross with traffic signals.  If insisting on crossing mid-block, the pedestrian must yield to the traffic, or be subject to a summons.


School Zone Parking/Speeding: Parents are reminded to observe speed limits, as well as proper parking, especially when picking up children.  It is illegal to pick up or discharge passengers in the middle of the roadway, as well as to park within 10 feet of an intersection, and 50 feet of a stop sign. 


Do not drop off children less than 50 feet from the stop sign at Rose Ave. and Woodcliff Ave.  Sign posted


Disregard of Crossing Guard’s Directions:  Title 39:4-80.1 makes it a traffic offense to disregard the directions of a school crossing guard. A summons can be issued for this offense resulting in points against your driver’s license.

 Lock your Cars, Take your Keys and Key Fobs: Criminals may have a device that will flash the lights on your car in your driveway indicating that the key fob has been left inside.  Vehicles have been entered as well as being stolen for this reason.  This also results in the thief gaining access to closed garages by using garage door openers in the unlocked cars in driveways. Our officers are maintaining “high visibility”, in conjunction with our other enforcement campaigns.  Please call us immediately if you observe suspicious activity.   

Nixle: Free of Charge Community Notification System: In conjunction with Nixle, this agency participates in the Nixle program for emergency, advisory and community notices via text and email messages. Residents may go and log on to Nixle (, set up a user name and password, and list your address or closest cross-street.   

This agency actively participates in these National Highway Safety Campaigns:  Over the next three months, our officers will be paying special attention in conjunction with these enforcement campaigns.  Please comply to avoid summonses, fines, points, as well as insurance increases. 

You Text, You Drive, You Pay: Hand-Held Cell Phone / Texting Violation Enforcement  

Click it or Ticket: Seat Belt Use Enforcement 

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: DUI Enforcement 

Put the Brakes on Fatalities: Speed Enforcement- This agency utilizes both in-car RADAR, as well as hand-held LASER devices. 

Full Stop or Traffic Stop:  Full stop at stop signs 


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Have a safe SPRING.  Any questions, please feel free to call me.


Chief Anthony Jannicelli

 Woodcliff Lake Police Department 201-391-4977 x244