On Monday, October 21, 2019, at approximately 1320 hours, Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Officers were dispatched to assist three lost hikers in the area of The Giant Stairs. The hikers had left the marked trail and proceeded to the location where they were unable to safely continue hiking. The Giant Stairs is an area of the hiking trails located along the Hudson River in the Alpine Section of the Palisades Interstate Park. The Giant Stairs area consists of a boulder field and the terrain is steep and rocky.
The hikers were able to provide their GPS Coordinates to Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Headquarters which aided in locating them. The East Bergen Repel Team was dispatched to the Stateline Lookout to assist. Members of the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Marine Operations Bureau responded by boat and deployed a member on foot to the Giant Stairs.
The Marine Operations Officer was able to climb the rocks and locate the hikers. Due to terrain conditions, the Officer was unable to reach the hikers and determined that the Rappel Team would be necessary to assist. The Officer coordinated with the East Bergen Rappel Team who deployed a rescuer from the top of the cliff at Stateline Lookout to meet with the PIPPD Marine Operations Officer below. The two responders were able to secure lines and climb to the hikers. They then were able to safely assist the hikers down the rocks to the trail.
The Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Marine Operations members recovered the three hikers and two responders using PIPPD’s boats and transported them to the Alpine Boat Basin. The three hikers were not injured and refused any medical attention. No responders were injured during this incident.
On Sunday, October 20, 2019, The Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Department was notified by the Norwood Police Department that a suicidal male party was possibly traveling to the Stateline Lookout in a white 2018 Lexus. Stateline Lookout is in the Alpine, NJ section the Palisades Interstate Park.
Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Officers responded to the Stateline Lookout and located the vehicle and the male party who was still inside. Officers at the scene reported that the male party was unconscious, and the vehicle was locked and in reverse.
On August 10, 2019, at about 2:27 PM, The Palisades Interstate Parkway Police received 911 calls reporting a motorcycle crash on the southbound Palisades Interstate Parkway Exit 4 ramp in the Alpine Section. Upon arrival, officers began to assist civilians who had already started first aid and CPR. PIP Officers also deployed an AED. Englewood Hospital Paramedics, Rockland County Paramedics, Closter Rescue, and South Orangetown Ambulance Corps responded and took over patient care.
On July 26, 2019 at about 02218 AM, Officers of the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police observed a speeding vehicle Southbound on the Palisades Interstate Parkway in the Englewood Cliffs Section. Upon observing the violation, they attempted to initiate a traffic stop. When the Officers activated their emergency lights and sirens to signal for the vehicle to stop, the operator accelerated and refused to pull into to the shoulder.