The Montvale Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is responsible for planning for and coordinating the response to all natural or man-made emergencies that may occur within the borough or within the surrounding areas.  The Montvale OEM works closely with local, county and state officials on: 

PLANNING: identifying hazards, preparing for contingencies

RESPONSE: the hands-on, initial response to the emergency

RECOVERY: getting back to normal, reestablish services

MITIGATION: prevent or reduce the impact of future emergencies


How to stay up to date?

Montvale has an Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Facebook & Twitter page.  Please follow the links below and don't forget to click "Like" for Facebook and "Follow" for Twitter.


Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (R.A.C.E.S.) 

The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (R.A.C.E.S.) was created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  Working in conjunction with the local Office of Emergency Management, members of R.A.C.E.S. assist with radio communications in the event of local, regional or national civil emergencies such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods or wildfires. If you are a licensed amateur radio operator or would like to learn more about amateur/ham radio, please send an email to:   


Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact our area. CERT trains residents in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and basic first aid. CERT training prepares you to take care of your family, your neighbors, and then the community.  Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an emergency/disaster.  If you are interested in learning more about CERT, please send an email to:   


The D.A.R.E. Program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) was founded in Los Angeles, California in 1983. The Montvale Police Department is an active participant in the program and remains dedicated to the D.A.R.E. mission: "teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives."

D.A.R.E. is taught at various levels in Montvale. At Memorial School, the 1st Grade classes receive lessons which introduce the concepts of safety, following rules, and household dangers. The 3rd grade receives lessons which reinforce those taught at the 1st grade level. They also learn about the dangers of tobacco products and alcohol, and how to say "No" when faced with dangerous situations.

At Fieldstone Middle School, the 5th grade receives the core curriculum, which consists of 10 lessons. The 5th grade D.A.R.E. program not only teaches students about the dangers associated with drug use, but it also teaches them how to make good decisions in difficult situations. D.A.R.E. equips students with the tools necessary to form solid friendships and stand up to negative peer pressure.

Sgt. Allison McNeice, P.O. Chris Hawken and P.O. Kash Cruise are the current certified D.A.R.E. instructors for the Montvale Police Department. Officer McNeice teaches the 1st, 3rd and 5th grade classes and Officer Cruise instructs at the 8th and 10th grade levels. The Montvale D.A.R.E. program is fortunate enough to receive tremendous support from the Citizens of Montvale Against Drugs (C.O.M.A.D.), a volunteer organization comprised of parents and teachers dedicated to the safety of the children of Montvale.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the D.A.R.E. Program, please feel free to contact either Sgt. McNeice at  Check out the D.A.R.E. websites: and


The Operation Smile program has proven to be successful in assisting Montvale Seniors and their loved ones in receiving a helping hand in a variety of areas. The assistance line offered to the seniors is sponsored by the Montvale Police Department and offers an answering service that allows individuals to reach a Police Officer for directed attention. Since its origination this program has been used as a monitoring service for a welfare condition, a business referral check, a guide for senior housing, a reference guide for disability needs and a home health care coordinator.

We recognize that the seniors in our community have various backgrounds and family situations. All information that is discussed and/or researched by the assigned officer and the caller remains completely confidential unless otherwise illegal or hazardous.

Please call us with any of your concerns or special needs. We would be happy to help you in any way we can.

201-391-4640  Extension 5118

As a reminder, this is not an emergency service line. Leave a message and an Officer will return your call at their earliest convenience.

For emergency conditions please dial 9-1-1.

PO. Alisha R. Foley #118, Montvale PD.

Child Seat


Every parent should be reminded of the following safety tips for traveling with young children.

  1. Infants must always be placed in a rear-facing seat until they have reached 1 year of age AND 20 pounds.
  2. If your child is less than one year and weighs more than 20 pounds, make certain that he/she is secured in a rear-facing seat that is approved for their weight. This excludes infant seat carriers with a detachable base.
  3. NEVER place a rear-facing infant in front of an air bag.
  4. Remember, rear-facing is the safest method of transportation. If you can maintain rear- facing travel after the baby is one year of age, do so as long as reasonably possible.
  5. Once your child has graduated to forward facing travel, they are expected to travel in a forward-facing toddler seat until they weigh approximately 40 pounds.
  6. All children who have outgrown a toddler seat, and exceed the weight limitations should then be moved to a booster seat for proper restraint until they meet the 8-years or 80 pound threshold.
  7. Occasionally a young child will meet the weight requirement very early. Keep in mind; the reason for the booster seat is to ensure proper fit of the vehicle seat belt. If the child has met the weight limit, but the seat belt does not fit properly across the chest and hips a booster is still encouraged for proper safety. There are also seats on the market that accommodate larger weight limits.
  8. Old or previously owned child seats should not be used unless you are certain they have never been involved in a crash and they have all proper and functioning parts. Any seat older than 6 years should be discarded and destroyed.
  9. Always read both the Car Seat instructions and the Vehicles Owner's Manual prior to installing your child restraint. Compatibility issues can be a subject for proper installation.
  10. Children of all ages are most safe traveling in the backseat.
  11. It's essential that the safety seat you have chosen correctly fits your child.
  12. Get your seat checked!!!
  13. Please remind your family and friends that the local Police Departments have AAA certified child seat technicians that will assist you in your car seat installations. When the subject is the safety of your children, you can never be too careful.

There have been a variety of questions regarding the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidance for maintaining a rear facing position until your child is two years of age. Please be aware that this is simply a “recommendation” and not a “required” travel position. The State of NJ requires that your child remain rear facing for the first year AND must meet the 20 pound minimum. It has always been maintained that a child under the age of two benefits from travel in the rear facing position as long as they can do that comfortably. There are many reasons why parents choose to move their children to a forward facing position. Make an appointment and discuss your options while your car seat is inspected.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Montvale Police Department and speak to a technician.  We would be happy to aid you in the proper installation of your child safety seat. If you would kindly install your seat prior to meeting with your technician, we think you will be pleasantly surprised just how simple this valuable task can be.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated effort in keeping our children safe!

PO. Alisha R. Foley #118,  AAA Certified Technician