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In the Linden Police Department, we pride ourselves on providing our residents and businesses with
strong and effective public safety services. Clearly, the value of feeling safe and secure in one's
home, business, neighborhood and community cannot be overestimated.
During my tenure as Police Chief, we continue to undertake initiatives to combat crime and maintain
public safety services.
Crime prevention surveys and Neighborhood Watch are available to residents and are coordinated through
the Juvenile Bureau.
We have created a Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) comprised of community volunteers who provide
critical support to domestic violence victims. The Linden Police Department has been at the forefront
of this initiative, and has been enlisted by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office to assist other
Departments in Union County in organizing their own teams.
A host of service-oriented programs are available to community members such as free business or
home security surveys to ensure personal safety, and much more. With the assistance of community
volunteers, Linden Police officers have successfully helped clean up graffiti at area businesses.
We have continued to strengthen public safety with a Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit (CIPU)
for high risk situations. This unit has undertaken a number of new initiatives in a partnership with
educators in the schools. Active Shooter Training has already begun with school principals. Other
school violence prevention measures are underway.
Our Community Policing Unit (COP) places the uniformed officer in close contact with people in the
area that he or she serves. In doing so the police become more cognizant of the needs of the
community, and citizens become more aware of how they can assist the police in resolving problems of
mutual concern. A "no tolerance" approach to Quality of Life enforcement has been instituted within
areas that have experienced such problems. The proven success of these efforts can be seen through
the favorable community reaction. The Linden-Roselle Joint Patrol initiative consists of Linden and
Roselle Officers patrolling together along the border section of the East St. Georges Avenue area.
This initiative has been quite effective in addressing issues of mutual concern through a
The Linden Police Department Juvenile Bureau has also entered into a unique partnership with the
State of New Jersey – Probation Division – Vicinage of Union County. This program is termed
"Operation Night Watch." With the Juvenile Probation Division acting as the lead agency, probation
officers team with Linden juvenile officers and jointly conduct field visits to the homes of
juvenile probationers in high-risk areas during non-traditional hours. In addition to home visits,
inspections and family meetings with probationers, the teams conduct curfew checks, attempt to
serve outstanding warrants, follow up on probation violators and observe probationers in
Our Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism efforts continue to remain a priority in order to afford
our citizens and business community the best prevention, detection, and defense available to combat
threats. The Linden Police Department is one in only a handful of municipal police departments who
presently holds a permanent seat on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Joint Terrorist Task Force
(JTTF) in the State of New Jersey.
I would like to commend and thank all Police Department personnel, both sworn and civilian members,
along with all members of 911 Central Dispatch for their efforts, cooperation and professionalism.
All members continue to be a source of pride to the Mayor, the Governing Body and myself. I have
confidence that we will continue to serve our City with diligence, professionalism and compassion.
James M. Schulhafer
Chief of Police
There is hereby established a Police Department in the City of Linden, County of Union and State of New
Jersey, pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118, et seq. The ordinance is intended to ratify
the existence and operation of the police department which has historically operated within and served
the City of Linden and at the same time satisfy the statutory requirements of the legislation amended in
1981 and 1988 respectively.
The mission and purpose of said police department is generally three fold; to preserve life and property;
to provide a general police service for the residents of the City of Linden, Union County, State of New
Jersey; to enforce federal, state, county and municipal laws, statutes and ordinances; and as hereinafter
may be more expressly defined. The Linden Police Department is committed to the pursuit of an ethos
reflecting the highest degree of ethical, moral, and fairly applied law enforcement.
View the Annual Report Here
Law enforcement is an honorable calling. Service in this field demands a professional, rather than an
occupational philosophy. Personal honor, a desire for professional status, and devotion to service above
self are the motives which impel members and employees to discharge their responsibility in full measure.
Members and employees lives are one of self-sacrificing service to a high ideal, based upon their
recognition of the responsibilities entrusted to them, and the belief that law enforcement is an
honorable vocation. They fully accept their responsibilities to defend the right, to protect the weak,
to aid the distressed, and to uphold the law in public and private living. They accept the obligation to
report facts and to testify without bias or display of emotion, and to consider all information coming
to their knowledge by virtue of their position a sacred trust to be used for official purposes only.
Members and employees give their loyal and faithful attention to the identification and apprehension of
criminals, being equally alert to protect the innocent and prosecute the guilty. They perform the functions
of their office without fear, favor, or prejudice and do not engage in unlawful or improper practices.
They do not disclose to unauthorized persons any information concerning pending matters which might be
prejudicial to the interests of the State, the City or the Department.
They do not seek to benefit personally by any confidential information which has come to them by virtue
of their assignment. They are respectful and courteous to all citizens. They are faithful and loyal to
their organization, constantly striving to cooperate and promote better relations with all regularly
constituted law enforcement agencies and their representatives in matters of mutual interest and obligation.
Rigid adherence to the principles set out above is mandatory for anyone accepting a position in the
police department. Acceptance of these principles should not be perfunctory; they should be weighed
carefully. Citizens are quick to criticize any misconduct of members or employees of the department;
the community places a trust in the police department and expects all members and employees to conduct
themselves as to merit this trust. Members and employees should be proud to hold a position that demands so much.
There must be a moral philosophy and strong appreciation of the need for service in any profession.
Unwavering adherence to such a moral philosophy will earn the respect and support of the public.
All members and employees shall abide by the Code of Ethics as adopted by this agency as written above.
The members of the Linden Police Department are committed to providing law enforcement services that are
fair, effective and impartially applied. It is in the best interests of everyone that your complaint about
the performance of an individual officer is resolved fairly and promptly. The Police Department has
formal procedures for investigating your complaint. These procedures ensure fairness and protect the rights
of both citizens and police officers.
Your complaint will be sent to a superior officer or a specially trained internal affairs officer who will
conduct a thorough and objective investigation.
You might be asked to help in the investigation by giving a detailed statement about what happened or
providing other important information.
All complaints against police officers are thoroughly investigated. You will be advised in writing of
the outcome of the investigation.
It is unlawful to provide information in this matter which you do not believe to be true.
View the Form For Filing a Citizen Complaint
This email provides a way for our citizens to communicate with the police department, via email, who wish to provide information to the police department anonymously.
If you need to make a report and speak with an officer directly and it is a non-emergency, please call 908.474.8500 to report non-emergency crimes.
If you have an emergency, please call 911.
View information about each division of the Police Department and their Frequently Asked Questions.
View information about the various other units and services, such as the Domestic Violence Response Team and P.A.L.
Red light running happens frequently and is often deadly. In 2012, 683 people were killed and an estimated 133,000 were injured in crashes that involved red light running.
Red light cameras are an effective way to discourage red light running. Enforcement is the best way to get people to comply with any law, but it's impossible for police to be at every intersection. Cameras can fill the void.
View FAQ's on Red Light Cameras
View FBI Information on Hazardous Chemicals Here.
View FBI Peroxide Information Here.
View FBI Information on Reporting Suspicious Behavior Here.
View Tips on Home Safety Here.
View Information on Preventing and Reporting Identity Theft Here.
Occasionally, we also hire certified police officers from other police agencies through the
Intergovernmental Transfer Program. This program allows police officers from other Department of Personnel
communities to transfer into the Linden Police Department provided that both Chiefs of Police are in agreement.
Any current police officer that is desirous of transferring into the Linden Police Department should send a
letter of interest along with a resume to Linden Police Chief.
If a Police car pulls in behind you while driving and activates it's emergency lights and/or
siren, you should pull over to the side of the road as soon as it is safe. Once you have
pulled over, you should put the car in park and turn on the interior light. This is for your
safety as well as the safety of the Officer.
You have to remember that although you know you are a decent, law abiding citizen, the Police
Officer behind you has no idea who you are and will be naturally cautious as numerous Officers
are hurt and even killed each year during "routine" traffic stops. When approached by the
Officer, you will be asked for you driver's license, vehicle registration card and proof of
insurance for the car.
If you need to enter the glove compartment to retrieve the documents, just tell the Officer
what you are doing and proceed to get your documents when instructed.
In order to make this traffic stop as safe and pleasant as possible for all involved, here
are a few tips:
As soon as the Officer has your documents, he will explain the reason for the traffic stop
and may give a verbal warning, a written warning or issue you a traffic summons. If you have
any questions, the Officer will attempt to answer them at the scene and will also provide you
with the number for the Municipal Violations Bureau which is located on the back of the summons.
Tel (Emergency): 911
Tel (Non-Emergency): 908.474.8500
Anonymous Crime Tips
Chief of Police
James M. Schulhafer
Captain James Sarnicki
Capt. William Turbett Jr.
Lt. Michael Saake
Captain David Hart
Juvenile Aid Bureau
Professional Standards Division
Captain Jeffrey Vitrano
Internal Affairs Bureau
Support Services Division
Captain Jonathan Parham
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