The Garfield Police Department is temporarily located at 160 Belmont Ave Garfield, NJ 07026 (non-emergency telephone number 973-478-8500) currently employees 62 Sworn officers, 8 Public Safety telecommunicaters and 2 Record Room clerks. The City of Garfield which is bordered by Elmwood Pk, Saddle Book, Lodi, South Hackensack, Wallington, Passaic, and Clifton is a very diverse community. This comes with a lot of challenges. Some of these challenges include language and cultural differences. In order to accommodate the community, Garfield has hired bilingual officers. Currently spread throughout the shifts are officers that speak Polish, Spanish, French, Italian and Croatian. To date, the police department itself is culturally diverse which helps the city.
Within the 62 Officers there are the following: 1 Chief, 1 Deputy Chief, 2 Captains, 6 Lieutenants, 11 Sergeants, 6 Detectives, and 35 Police Officers.
The following divisions report directly to Chief Raymond Kovach and Deputy Chief Ronald Polonkay:
Patrol: Lt. Ronald Bohannon, Division Commander
Criminal Investigation: Capt. Richard Uram, Division Commander
Operations (Traffic/ Emergency Management): Lt. Michael Marsh EMC, Division Commander
Internal Affairs: Lt. Joseph Delaney, Division Commander
The Community Affairs Division has a planned community meeting room located at 159 Grand St. from which houses the Community Affairs Unit and the L.E.A.D. instructional Unit.
The Garfield Police Department is its own Public Safety Answering Point answering its own 9-1-1 calls and dispatches for Police, Fire, and EMS.
The Garfield Police Department has a Bike Squad, School Resource Officers, L.E.A.D. Instructors, and Accident Investigators, Quality of Life Street Crimes Unit, and Emergency Service Units.
The Police motor pool consists of Chevy Impalas, Dodge Chargers, Dodge Durango, Ford Interceptors, GMC Heavy Duty Pickup Truck, Ford Explorers, Ford Expedition, Ford F-450 Emergency Service Truck, MRAP and a Mobile Command Bus.
New > Non-Emergency Online Incident Reporting
In an effort to better protect and serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Garfield Police Department will now accept some police reports online. If further information is required or the incident does not qualify for online reporting, an officer will contact the complainant to follow up. We continue to accept reports over the phone at 973-478-8500 and in person as required. Everyone is reminded to dial 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency and not to use online reporting
Wearable Video/Video Recorders:
All uniformed Garfield Police Officers in the Patrol Division are currently utilizing wearable video/recorders It is the policy of the Garfield Police Department to utilize wearable video/audio recorders to assist agency personnel in the performance of their duties by proving an accurate and unbiased recored account of an incident and to maintain the necessary safeguards that will ensure the non-discriminating use as well as proper preservation of evidence that may be obtained through use of this technology. Wearable video/audio recorders provide a clear and unbiased recorded account that protect both citizens, as well as the officers. Below are pictures of what the wearable video/audio recorder looks like, and where on the officer this recorder is located. The wearable video/audio recorded will be located in the center of the Officer's chest, on the exterior of his/her uniform, as shown below. The wearable video/audio recorder also has a bright orange decal located near the top of the recorder showing that the recorder is active.
Criminal Investigation Division
The Garfield Police Department Criminal Investigation Division is headed by Capt. Richard Uram and supervised by Lt. Joseph Delaney, Lt. Mario Pozo, Sgt. Thomas La Mantia Jr., Sgt. Marc Amos, and Sgt. Everett Garnto. The Criminal Investigation Division is comprised of four bureaus: Detective, Juvenile, Quality of Life, Internal Affairs.
- Detective Bureau: The Detective Bureau is assigned to investigate various crimes including, homicide, sexual assault, burglary, thefts, frauds, prostitution, arson, narcotics and any other crime, which require further attention. The Bureau also conducts background investigations on Police Candidates seeking employment with the Police Department. The Detective Bureau is also responsible for the registration of Megan's Law sex offenders who reside within the City.
- Juvenile Bureau: The mission of the Garfield Police Department's Juvenile Services Bureau is to reduce youth delinquency and the acceptance of delinquent behaviors. Bureau members will provide guidance, service, education and support for the youth and families of our community. Bureau Officers will utilize the Community Policing Concept in the attendance and function at community and special events to enhance and increase community wellness. The Bureau will take necessary corrective disciplinary actions against youthful offenders to avoid recidivism of delinquency.
The Garfield Police Department’s Juvenile Services Bureau strives to enhance public relations with the community it serves. Under the Command of Lieutenant John Lesica, the Bureau consists of two school resource officers (S.R.O. Det. Francisco Sanchez and S.R.O. Robert Napolitano. The Bureau delivers the L.E.A.D.S Program in all public Elementary School, Middle School. The Gang Resistance Education Training program (G.R.E.A.T.), is also taught by Bureau Officers to all eighth grade students. Additional programs, assemblies, and special events are offered throughout the year in schools and in the community.
- Quality of Life Unit: The Quality of Life Unit is responsible for conducting narcotic investigations, anti-gang operations, gathering intelligence information, and apprehending fugitives.
- Internal Affairs Bureau: The Internal Affairs Bureau is responsible for the investigation of complaints by citizens against the Police Department. Many of these complaints are based on a lack of understanding on proper Police procedures. The Garfield Police Department strives to maintain the highest degree of professionalism and welcomes comments from the public to the Internal Affairs Bureau.
- Records Bureau: The Garfield Police Department Records Bureau handles all documentation of incoming and outgoing reports and records. All reports will be available after 5 busniess days Garfield Police Department does not fingerprint for immigration or education employment. All other fingerprinting will be done by appointment only. Firearm applications will be available by appointment only. New Open Public Records Act (OPRA) takes effect July 8th, 2002 The Garfield Police Department is complying with the new OPRA Law that has gone into effect throughout the State of New Jersey. In order to obtain access to government records, including police reports, there are specific guidelines and exceptions that are listed in detail by accessing the following link https://www.nj.gov/grc/public/citizens/. Hours: 8:30AM - 4:00PM; Mon-Fri (Closed Holidays)
- Traffic Bureau: The Traffic Bureau of the Garfield Police Department’s objective is to enhance the safe and expeditious movement of traffic throughout the City of Garfield. This is achieved by way of the many avenues in traffic safety, which includes engineering, education, and enforcement. Officers assigned to this bureau are versed in all aspects of traffic safety, and have completed numerous hours of training in an effort to achieve this objective.
The Traffic Bureau is currently staffed by three uniformed officers and two civilian employees (who are supplied by the Department of Public Works) for maintenance work.
The duties and responsibilities of the officers of this Bureau are very wide spread. Their daily work not only involves their response to routine service related calls, such as everyday traffic complaints, motor vehicle collisions, enforcement of parking zones, alternate side parking, and radar enforcement, they also are the first back-up to the Patrol Division and their everyday Emergency calls.
The Bureau is also involved in the planning of all major events that occur within the City of Garfield. The Traffic Bureau also handles the issuance of Handicap Parking Zones when requested by City residents in front of their residence. All requests for Parking Zones, Timed Parking, Loading Zones, etc. should be made in writing and submitted to the City Clerk’s Office. These requests will then be forwarded to the Traffic Bureau for a survey and investigation.
- Emergency Service Unit: The Mission of the Emergency Service Unit is to provide specialized support to all members of the Garfield Police Department and the citizens of the City of Garfield. This is accomplished through the assignment of highly trained personnel and the utilization of specialized equipment.
Each officer is trained to utilize various types of equipment and weapons to perform a myriad of tasks efficiently and effectively in support of all department initiatives and directives. Currently the ESU unit consists of 13 highly trained officers.
Also, the Garfield Police Department has 7 highly trained officers in the Strategic Response Group (S.R.G.). The groups mission is a specialized, active shoot team that will work in coordination with Patrol Officers and the departments Emergency Service Unit during an active shooter incident.
Community Affairs Division
The Community Affairs Division was established to foster positive and productive police-community relations. By partnering with community leaders, civic organizations, local associations, and concerned individuals, Community Affairs will work to create solutions for problems that arise within the city. It will identify the issues and concerns of the people and create plans to address them. This plan will be shared with the police department administration for review or modification. It will be the responsibility of Community Affairs to administer the plan, monitor the progress and make any adjustments as needed.
The Patrol Division is responsible for uniform patrol: Special Law Enforcement Officers provide court security Bike Patrol Unit is responsible for directed bike patrol.