Sworn to Protect and Serve Old Tappan, NJ
The Old Tappan Police Department is scheduled for an assessment as part of its program to achieve accreditation by verifying that it meets recognized professional best practices. Administered by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with best practice standards in five basic areas: the administrative function, the personnel function, the operations function, the investigative function, and the arrestee/detainee function.
Agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments by calling 201-664-1223 on Monday, January 30, 2023 between the hours of 10:00am – 11:00am. Comments will be taken by the Assessment Team. Email comments can be sent to the police department at at [email protected].
Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards. Please contact Capt. Robert Wacht at 201-664-1223 for more information.
Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Old Tappan Police Departments ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them by email to Harry J Delgado, Ed.S Accreditation Program Director, [email protected], or write to the New Jersey State Association of Chief’s of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12, Marlton, N.J. 08053.
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21 Russell Ave
Old Tappan, NJ 07675
Police Chief: Joseph Tracy
Council Liaison: Guy Carnazza
Welcome to the
Old Tappan Police Department
As officers and staff of the Old Tappan Police Department, we are dedicated to serve and protect the citizens, visitors and workers of this community. The mission of this police department is to protect life and property, to uphold the law and to reduce the fear of crime in Old Tappan. This agency will provide service with understanding and police with diversity, fairness and compassion. We strive to perform our responsibilities with integrity and honor, while upholding the Constitutional rights of all individuals.
Where can I apply for a Temporary Handicapped Parking Permit?
The Chief of Police may issue a temporary permit for a period of 6 months. This permit application is available at Police Headquarters and a $4.00 fee payable to NJDMV is required.
Is overnight parking in the street allowed all year?
No overnight parking is permitted between November 15th and April 1st.
I recently bought my child a motorized skateboard. Are they allowed to drive them in the street?
Motorized skateboards are not allowed on streets or public sidewalks.
Does my Police Department provide house checks while we are away on vacation?
Yes. The Police Department provides both physical and visual checks.
I recently purchased new child seats for my car, does the Police Department provide assistance in helping me install them properly?
Yes. The Police Department has 3 certified child seat technicians. Please make an appointment before coming to headquarters.
Does my house alarm system need to be registered with the Borough?
Yes, the Police Department maintains the records of all alarms systems in the borough A yearly $20.00 fee is required along with updated contact information.
New Jersey Suspicious Activity Reporting
Please report suspicious activity with a potential nexus to terrorism to the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Counterterrorism Watch Unit.
Click here for form: SARS
Activity Reporting (nj.gov). You can remain anonymous by calling 866-4-SAFE-NJ (1-866-472-3365) or emailing [email protected].
Annual Major Discipline Report
Body Worn Cameras
The Old Tappan Police Department will be joining the growing ranks of law enforcement agencies that deployed body-worn video cameras on police officers. The cameras will be used in accordance with the guidelines established by the New Jersey Attorney General and the directive issued by the Morris County Prosecutor's Office. Our agency wants this new technology to enhance and improve our relationship with you.
Effective policing is achieved through strong partnerships with all of you and all of our citizens. Body Worn Camera (BWC) footage is similar to footage from a cell phone camera. BWCs will be mounted to an officer’s uniform. The cameras will point away from the officer and will capture images in the camera’s field of vision. Citizens who interact with police officers will be recorded on body camera footage.
NJ AG Body Worn Cameras Guideline
Internal Affairs Complaint Form