Patrol Division - is comprised of uniformed officers using marked and unmarked patrol vehicles to answer emergency and service calls. The Patrol Division is responsible for preventative patrol activities, discovery of public hazards and delinquency causing situations, as well as for all initial calls for police, fire and medical assistance. The officers are responsible for the preliminary investigation of crimes, traffic enforcement, DWI detection and apprehension and drug interdiction. Officers are required to enforce all applicable laws and arrest those that violate them. They are required to process those arrested, prepare written reports to document their actions and appear in court when required to assist in their prosecution.
Officers often are required to direct and control traffic, conduct accident investigations, perform crime prevention activities as well as community and public relations. Officers also routinely perform business and vacant house checks, provide funeral escorts and cover crossing guard posts when the guard is unavailable.
Contact either of the patrol supervisors: Sergeant Tom Downs at
Investigative Division - Detective responsibility is to conduct follow-up investigations of all criminal matters. Detectives assigned to this division develop and maintain sources of intelligence information pertaining to criminal activity. Based on the information they gather, they also initiate investigations. They review all criminal activity reported within the township and correlate information as it may pertain to open investigations. They work closely with neighboring police agencies as well as county, state and federal law enforcement agencies. When necessary, they apply for and execute search warrants, they maintain fingerprint and photograph files and they prepare cases for prosecution. The detectives are also responsible for storing and securing evidence relating to investigations and found property. Additionally, they perform other administrative tasks such as police applicant background checks, ABC license investigations, firearms applications processing.
Community Services – Officers in this area are responsible for DARE, crime prevention, and community projects such as child seat belt safety, and senior citizen call in. Anyone wishing to have a child safety seat inspection is encouraged to call the department and set up an appointment. (973)455-0500.
Administration – this area comprises all computer related activities and Records. The Records Bureau is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday thru Friday. The phone number for Motor Vehicle Accident Reports is (973) 455-0500. All Reports take approximately seven days before they become available. In accordance with Township Ordinance and the Open Public Records Act, NJSA 47-1A-1, et seq., fees are charged for copies of reports and records requested from the Police Department. The Fee Schedule can be seen here.
Mark Giansianti, Chief of Police, at
Susan Sherlock, the police department administrative assistant, at
Harding Township Municipal Offices PO Box 666, 21 Blue Mill Road, New Vernon, NJ 07976Phone: 973-267-8000 Fax: 973-267-6221
Harding Township Police Department PO Box 246, 21 Blue Mill Road, New Vernon, NJ 07976Phone: (non-emergency) 973-455-0500 (emergency) 911 Fax: 973-455-1135