Chief of Police John Burns 1/1/2018 - 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 John Burns, Woodcliff Lake Police Department.







Flashing Crosswalk and Stop Signs: Solar Powered Flashing Crosswalk and Stop signs have been installed on Woodcliff Avenue.  A RADAR Activated Stop Sign will flash at Werimus Road for approaching traffic.  Push Button Crosswalk Flashing signs were installed at Brookview Drive.  Once activated, they will flash for 15+ seconds. Drivers are required to STOP for pedestrians in the Crosswalk.  Failure to stop may result in a summons issued to the driver.

Project Medicine Drop : Our stationary drop box is located in the police station lobby, available 24/7 for unused/expired medications.  Please no liquids or syringes.  If the station is locked, after business hours, please use the call box, to the left of the double doors, to request an officer to come to headquarters.

Vehicles Stolen from Driveways: Woodcliff Lake, as well as area towns, are having vehicles  stolen when the owner leaves the key fob in the car.  Lock your car, take your keys/key fob.

 School Safety: Since the tragedy at Columbine, our agency has actively trained and upgraded equipment to deal with an emergency in or around our schools. Our officers also conduct unannounced “walk-throughs” of our schools, as well as neighboring high schools. 


  Removal of Ice and Snow from Vehicles/Sidewalks: Both state law and borough ordinances require the removal of snow from vehicles, as well as clearing sidewalks,    especially in the areas  of our schools.  Summonses can be issued for those safety violations.

Scams: Several new scams have surfaced: A caller may state that they know “your secret”, and wants money not to expose you, or that a relative is being held for ransom or has been arrested and needs money. Some identify themselves as the IRS and that the police are on the way to arrest you.  Do not give personal information or send money or send pre-loaded cash cards.  Please verify with this agency if you have any questions.

Ride-Along-Program: This agency has a long standing program for anyone 18 years of age or over, who either lives or works in Woodcliff Lake to participate in a ride-along.  Please call 201-391-8224 M-F from 8:00-4:00pm to register for an appointment.

Toys For Tots Program – USMC Reserves - The Woodcliff Lake Police Department, in conjunction with the USMC Reserves, will be conducting its Annual Toys for Tots program. The mission of the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys. The Woodcliff Lake Police Department needs your help in making this program a success. We will be collecting new, unwrapped toys between November 1st and December 19th at the Woodcliff Lake Police Department, 184 Pascack Road. For more information contact P.O. Powers or Nancy Flower at 201-391-8222, or visit our web site at


Our department is compliant with the Attorney generals guidelines as it pertains to the mandatory Early Warning System (EWS) as well as the mandatory Drug Testing policy.  If anyone would like a copy of our policy's please feel free to reach out to Lt. James Uhl, or Det. Sgt. Chad Malloy

Chief John Burns -201-391-4977 x414

Woodcliff Lake Police Department