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Letter From The Chief of Police to All Linden Citizens and The Linden Business Community

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 problem-oriented approach.

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 targeted areas.

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

Mission and Purpose

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.

Code of Ethics

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.

Citizen Complaint

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.

  • If our investigation shows that a crime might have been committed, the county prosecutor will be notified. You might be asked to testify in court.
  • If our investigation results in an officer being charged with a violation of department rules, you might be asked to testify in a department hearing.
  • If our investigation shows that the complaint is unfounded or that the officer acted properly, the matter will be closed.

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

Crime Tips


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.

  • Users may leave information regarding specific information as to the whereabouts of wanted persons, information regarding cases, crimes, and illegal drug sales or possession information.
  • Users do not have to provide personal identifiable information, such as name, address or phone numbers.
  • This email link is not to be used for reporting purposes such as, requests for burglary reports, petty theft reports, collision reports or other.
  • This email link is meant to be another avenue for the citizens of Linden to give anonymous tip information.
  • These emails will not be replied to unless otherwise indicated by the user.

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.

Divisions of the Police Department

View information about each division of the Police Department and their Frequently Asked Questions.

Other Units and Services

View information about the various other units and services, such as the Domestic Violence Response Team and P.A.L.

Red Light Cameras

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

Obtaining Plates and/or Placard for Persons with a Disability

Homeland Security Advisories

View FBI Information on Hazardous Chemicals Here.

View FBI Peroxide Information Here.

View FBI Information on Reporting Suspicious Behavior Here.

Information and Tips

View Tips on Home Safety Here.

View Information on Preventing and Reporting Identity Theft Here.

General Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Q. How can I become a Linden Police Officer?
    A. The City of Linden is a Department of Personnel municipality. As such, police recruits are selected from a Department of Personnel list that is issued following a written exam. Additional information can be found using this link to the NJ Civil Service Commission.

    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.

  • Q. How Do I Commend an Officer?
    A. Citizens who feel an officer has performed his or her duties in a particularly courteous, helpful or competent manner may express their appreciation in a number of ways.
    • Contact any supervisor (in person or by telephone) at Police Headquarters.
    • Write a letter to the officer, the officer's supervisor or to:

      Chief James M. Schulhafer
      Linden Police Department
      301 N. Wood Avenue
      Linden, New Jersey 07036

      Or email: jschulhafer@police.lindenes-nj.org

      Be sure to obtain the officer's name and badge number if possible.
  • Q. What should I do if I'm pulled over by the police?
    A. For many people, being pulled over by a Police Officer while driving in your car can be an extremely stressful event.

    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:

    • Do not make any sudden or violent movements.
    • Do not suddenly conceal or hide your hands.
    • Remain in the vehicle unless instructed to exit by the Officer.

    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

Chief of Police James M. Schulhafer
Tel: 908.474.8511

Police Chaplain Father Krol

Administrative Division Tel: 908.474.8512

Administrative Staff
Tel: 908.474.8511

Tel: 908.474.8510

Patrol Division Tel: 908.474.8549

Tel: 908.474.8549

Investigative Division Tel: 908.474.8503

Detective Bureau Tel: 908.474.8537

Narcotics Bureau Tel: 908.474.8515

Juvenile Aid Bureau Tel: 908.474.8520

Professional Standards Division Tel: 908.474.8402

Internal Affairs Bureau Tel: 908.474.8540

Support Services Division Tel: 908.474.8543

Record Bureau Tel: 908-474-8555

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