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Police

The Springfield Township Police Department maintains order, preserves and protects the lives, peace and property of the citizens of Springfield and to enforce the laws within the framework of the United States Constitution.  The mission of the Springfield Police Department is to work in partnership with the community to provide service and in accordance with the framework of the Constitution, to enforce the law, preserve the peace, protect lives and property, lessen fear and enhance the quality of life of all within our community. Our mandate is to perform our mission with honor and integrity, while always conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standards to uphold public confidence.

The Police:

  • Vigorously patrol the municipality and enforce the laws of the State of New Jersey and the ordinances of the County of Union and Township of Springfield.
  • Investigate and prepare for prosecution the crimes that take place in the Township with the utmost professionalism.
  • Investigations are preformed with passion and without prejudice to one’s ethnicity, race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, handicap, or religious beliefs.
  • The Patrol Bureau is comprised of five squads. These squads are run by sergeants who are the direct supervisors. The Watch Commanders, with supervision and management responsibility of these squads are Lieutenant William Cieri and Lieutenant Damon Quirk.
  • The Investigations and Administration Bureau is comprised of the Detective Bureau and the Special Services Unit. The Special Services Unit, supervised by traffic specialist, Sgt. Jon Rachel, consists of an Accreditation Manager, an Administrative Assistant, and DARE Officers.
  • The Investigations Bureau is supervised by Detective Lieutenant Judd Levenson.

Core Values
The employees of the Springfield Township Police Department are committed to its mission. We are accountable for our actions and we conduct ourselves accordingly in pursuit of our core values of respect, fairness, and sensitivity.
Respect:
We will earn the trust, respect and support of the citizens through active partnership, involvement and service to the community we serve. All employees of this department will treat each other with dignity and courtesy regardless of position or assignment. This will also hold true for the community we serve. By demonstrating respect for others, we will earn the respect of our community.
Fairness:
We treat all persons in a dignified manner and exhibit understanding of ethnic and cultural diversity both in our professional and personal endeavors. We have committed ourselves to elevated standards of trust, responsibility and discipline while promoting justice in a fair and impartial manner. We guarantee to uphold the principles and values embodied in the Constitution of the United States and the State of New Jersey.
Sensitivity:
We must be sincere to the need of those who are concerned for their safety, require guidance and information, or are unable to provide for themselves. We will show concern and empathy for the victims of crime and treat violators of the law with fairness and dignity.

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Special Services

Alarm Registration

If you utilize an alarm system, Chapter 17-14 of the Revised General Ordinances requires you to register annually with the Springfield Police Department. This important service for residents and businesses helps the Police Department maintain a database of emergency contacts in the event of an incident so they can assist you as quickly as possible. We’ve gone digital. Registrations and fees are now being processed online. Visit http://alarms.springfield-nj.us to complete your registration and pay by credit card with no additional costs. The deadline to register is January 15th.

Animal Control

The Township of Springfield has entered into a shared services agreement with the Township of Millburn to provide animal control services to the Township of Springfield. The Animal Control Officer investigates stray dogs and cats, animal bites and wildlife problems. To report any animal control issues, please call the Springfield Police non-emergency number at 973-376-0400.

Rabies immunizations for dogs and cats are also provided by the Township. For more information please call the Township Registrar at 973-912-2285.

Bike Registry

The Springfield Police Division has partnered with the National Bike Registry (NBR) to help Springfield residents protect their bicycles in case they are stolen. Township ordinance requires that all bicycles be registered and display a license. The licenses are now good for ten years. Also included in the packet is a second label, at no additional charge, that can be used with any belongings you want to protect, such as a cell phone, laptop, keys, sports equipment, etc. Yearly registration is not neccessary. Once a license packet is purchased you can submit your registration by mail or online at www.boomerangit.com The NBR program gives the Springfield Police Division, as well as police departments nationwide, access to the extensive NBR registry so they can track down the rightful owners of bikes they recover. This registry now increases the chances that a stolen bicycle from Springfield will be matched to its owner no matter where it is recovered. If stolen, NBR registered bikes are 9 times more likely to be returned, than the national average. Each year, 1,500,000 bicycles are stolen nationwide and about half of them are recovered, but less than 2% are ever returned because there’s no way to link a bike to its owner. When a bicycle is labeled and registered in the NBR database, it can be easily identified by police and returned to its rightful owner. Every time a police officer has recovered a bike that was in the NBR database, they have been able to quickly identify the owner so that the bike could be returned. Additional information about the National Bike Registry can be found at www.nationalbikeregistry.com

Call Before You Dig

Dial 8-1-1 or 1-800-272-1000 before you dig. It’s free and it’s the law!

Underground utilities exist everywhere, perhaps even on your own property. Digging can cause disruption of vital utility services and result in costly delays, expensive repairs, environmental or property damage, personal liability, injury, and even loss of life.

Whether you plan to plant a tree or new garden; put in a sprinkler system, mailbox post or fencing; install ground rods for electrical systems; or excavate for a home addition, you need to call beforehand to know where it’s safe to dig. For your own well-being and the safety of our underground utilities, call 8-1-1 or 1-800-272-1000 before you dig. It’s the law. We ask that you take the following into consideration:

  • Call Before You Dig: At least four full business days before digging starts, call 8-1-1 or 1-800-272-1000 for a free markout of underground gas, water, cable, telephone and electric utility lines.
  • Wait the Required Time: Wait three full business days after calling before doing any digging. Underground utilities will be marked with paint, flags or stakes. If the site does not have underground utilities, you will be notified.
  • Respect the Marks: Always hand-dig and locate underground utilities within two feet of marked lines.
  • Dig With Care: Making the call before you dig will help prevent property damage and potential injuries. Please be sure to dig safely.

For more information please visit the New Jersey One Call website at http://www.nj1-call.org

Firearms

In order to obtain a firearm in the State of New Jersey, you must complete the forms listed below.

These forms are also available at the Springfield Police Department Record Bureau, located on the second floor of the Springfield Municipal Building, at 100 Mountain Avenue. All applicants must be residents of Springfield in order for the Springfield Police Department to process your request. A current New Jersey Driver’s License showing residency in the Township of Springfield must be presented at the time applications are submitted. Be advised that an application for a Firearms Identification Card requires the applicant to submit to a background investigation at both the State and Federal level, submission of fingerprints (see below information on the fingerprinting process), supply personal references, and consent to a mental health records check. The Springfield Police Department must rely on other State and Federal agencies to return your background investigation information. Please allow an average of twelve to fourteen weeks to process all firearms applications. A Firearms Identification Card is required for the ownership of a handgun/pistol, or shotgun/rifle, as well as the purchase of ammunition. Ownership of a handgun/pistol requires a permit as well. If this is your first time applying, and you wish to also purchase a handgun, you may apply for both the Firearms Identification Card and the Permit to Purchase simultaneously. Please refer to the guide below to determine which forms are required for your needs.

Form STS-33

This application must be completed in duplicate by ALL FIREARMS APPLICANTS. The form is used for first time applicants, as well as applicants who have already obtained an Identification card, but would like a permit to purchase a handgun. This form also is used for address changes, lost, stolen, or damaged cards, or name changes.

Upon completion, please remember that 2 original signatures are required on each form. Do not photocopy a signature.

Form STS-33 Download (.pdf)

Form SP-66

This form is also to be completed in duplicate by ALL FIREARMS APPLICANTS.
This form is the Consent for Mental Health Records Search which allows authorities to look into whether you were ever hospitalized due to a mental health issue. Please remember that this form also requires that original signatures are on each of the 2 forms required.
Do not photocopy a signature.

Form SP-66 Download (.pdf)

PLEASE TYPE ALL FILLABLE FIELDS ON APPLICATIONS, PRINT THE COMPLETED APPLICATION, AND ADD YOUR SIGNATURE IN THE APPROPRIATE FIELD.

This enables the Department to process your application more efficiently.

First-time Firearms ID Card Applicants

First time Firearms Identification Card Applicants must be fingerprinted. Previous fingerprint submissions for employment, etc, are not accepted as part of the Firearms Identification Card application process. The Springfield Police Department does not handle fingerprinting of applicants. When your forms are completed, please bring them to the Record Bureau and you will be provided with a Morpho Trak form and an applicant number specifically assigned to you, which you will need to be fingerprinted. Morpho Trak handles the fingerprinting process for all applicants. Information on nearby fingerprinting locations, cost, as well as their contact information can be found on this form as well. Morpho Trak forms are maintained in the Record Bureau and cannot be obtained online, as applicants are assigned individual applicant numbers.

Current Firearms ID Card Holders

If you already possess a firearms identification card and wish to apply for a permit to purchase a handgun, or make any changes to your current identification card, you must also submit form SBI 212A. This is a request for criminal history search, used in lieu of fingerprint submissions.

**please note changes to the submission of form 212A**

As of March 1, 2015, the state of New Jersey will no longer accept paper 212A forms. All 212A forms must be submitted electronically by the applicant. Information on how to submit this form electronically will be provided by the police records bureau upon submission of the required paper documents.

Fees:
Firearms ID card (first time applicant): $5.00 Permit to Purchase: $2.00 per permit These fees may be paid in cash or by personal check payable to the Township of Springfield. If you need further assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact the Springfield Police Department Record Bureau at (973) 912-2239. The Record Bureau is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00am – 4:00pm.

 

Project Medicine Drop

In December 2014, Springfield Police Chief John Cook announced that Springfield has joined the New Jersey Attorney General’s “Project Medicine Drop” initiative, and has installed a permanent Project Medicine Drop box in the lobby at police headquarters, 100 Mountain Avenue. Residents may visit the Springfield Police Department at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to dispose of their unused, excess or expired prescription medications anonymously and with no questions asked. This permanent drop box makes it easier and more convenient than ever for Springfield residents to take an active role in the fight against the nationwide epidemic of opiate and heroin abuse, which often is fueled by the abuse of prescription painkillers.

  • Only household medications will be accepted.
  • Pills, capsules, patches, and pet medications are acceptable.
  • Liquids are acceptable provided they are securely held in either a bottle or other type of container.
  • Mail, trash or syringes are not acceptable (please see the Safe Syringe Disposal Guide at http://www.nj.gov/health/ceohs/documents/safe_syringe_disposal.pdf).

The Police Department also has a mobile drop box that can be brought to locations throughout the township for the convenience of residents. An example is the take-back day held for Senior Citizens at the Chisholm Community Center.

Special Project Medicine Drop Take-Back Days are held throughout the year and are announced on the Township website.

Project Medicine Drop is an important component of the New Jersey Attorney General’s effort to stop the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs, including highly addictive opiate painkillers. Through this initiative, the State Division of Consumer Affairs installs secure “prescription drug drop boxes” at police departments, sheriff’s offices, and State Police barracks across New Jersey, allowing citizens to safely dispose of their unused, excess, or expired prescription medications. This initiative also protects New Jersey’s environment by keeping these drugs out of landfills and out of the water supply. More information about Project Medicine Drop, including the full list of Project Medicine Drop locations, can be found at http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca2/meddrop/.

Seat Belt Use

The Police Department offers child seat inspections by certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians. Please call 973-376-0400 or 973-921-1996 to make an appointment or for other inquiries.

  • Studies show seat belts do save lives and reduce injuries during crashes.
  • Seat belts work with air bags to protect occupants. Air bags alone are not enough to safeguard occupants.
  • More than 2,000 unbuckled drivers and front seat passengers died on New Jersey’s roadways in the past 10 years.
  • Approximately 700 unbuckled drivers and front seat passengers were thrown out of their vehicles during crashes and killed in the past 10 years.

New Jersey’s Seat Belt Law (NJSA 39:3-76.2f)

  • Applies to all passenger vehicles including vans, pickup trucks and SUV’s, that are required to be equipped with seat belts.
  • Applies to all passengers, who are at least 8 years of age but less than 18 years of age, and each driver and front seat passenger of a passenger automobile, operated on a street or highway. All occupants are required to wear a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt system.
  • Makes the driver responsible for proper seat beltuse by all occupants who are under the age of 18.

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