Detective Bureau

The Detective Bureau is primarily responsible for conducting all follow up investigation of reported incidents occurring within the township limits. The Bureau is currently staffed by five Detectives assigned to handle matters relating to adult offenders, and two detectives assigned to handle matters relating to juvenile offenders.
Any crimes reported, which may range anywhere from petty thefts to homicide, are reviewed by the Detective Bureau supervisor and assigned to a detective for follow up based on several solvability factors with priority given to more serious offenses. Members assigned to the Detective Bureau receive extensive training in several areas including but not limited to:
Crime Scene Investigation, Fingerprinting & Identification, Photography, Interview & Interrogation, Forensics and Narcotics Enforcement.
Our detectives strive to maintain a relationship with all members of the department as valuable sources of information, necessary to complete investigations. They also work closely with numerous municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies when appropriate.

The Juvenile Bureau operates within the Detective Bureau under the direction of the Bureau supervisor and handles a wide range of responsibilities involving the young people of the community. The Juvenile Detectives receives additional specialized training in dealing with juvenile offenders. In many instances, juveniles are dealt with through available diversionary programs aimed at educating youthful offenders rather than incarcerating them. The hope is that a spirit of positive interaction among the police and our young people will help foster principles of Crime Prevention through Intervention.The Juvenile Detectives are also available to assist parents with resources relating to incorrigible children and family crisis.
Juvenile Detectives have a close working relationship with the Township Schools along with cooperation and participation in various community based programs like: D.A.R.E., the Police Athletic League, Adopt a Cop, etc.

In addition, the detectives encourage the sharing of information with members of the public. Many investigations are initiated as well as solved through this type of cooperative effort. Detectives are typically available Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 10:00pm. At all at other times, detectives are available through an "on-call" status to respond as needed.

"TIPS ARE Appreciated"
Anyone with information relating to criminal activity within the Township is urged to contact us at (908) 322 - 7100 x 111
Remember you can make a difference.
The only information not worth investigating is what you keep to yourself


Contact Information
430 Park Ave.
Scotch Plains, NJ  07076

Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: 908-322-7100