The Patrol Division is the largest organizational subunit of the West Orange Police Department. The division has 70 uniformed police officers and support staff. The dedicated men and women of the Patrol Division deliver services daily to the public. We are generally the most recognizable members of the Police Department. The Patrol Division is available 24/7 and averages 45,000 calls for service yearly. The members of the Patrol Division are committed to providing the best service it can render to the community.
These police officers are responsible for performing a variety of duties while on motor patrol or foot patrol. Some of these responsibilities include:
Emergency medical calls
General order maintenance
Observance of state statutes and local ordinances
Preliminary criminal investigations
West Orange has approximately 12.5 square miles of mostly residential areas and an assortment of unique business districts, strip malls, shopping centers, and light commercial industry. The County of Essex maintains two reservations within our corporate borders. Interstate Route 280 is a major east-to-west artery that bisects the center of our township. This department provides emergency first-responder services to these county and state jurisdictions.
Technology & Equipment
With such a diversity of area located throughout our township, the patrol division has equipped its officers with the latest technology to foster efficient and effective service to the community. Marked police cars are equipped with mobile data computers that rapidly access vital information. We have also equipped police cars with mobile video cameras to record our traffic stops to provide safety and training to our police officers. Further, we have two motorcycles and six bicycles to enhance our patrolling techniques.