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It is my honor to serve as Chief of Police in the Borough of Highland Park, a vibrant and diverse community with a rich history and an exciting future. 

Through collaborative community policing efforts, and the pursuit of law violators, the Highland Park Police Department endeavors to keep our community safe and secure

Please take a few minutes to learn more about the Police Department’s divisions, programs, and services. You will find that our employees are a dedicated, well-trained and enthusiastic group of professionals who take pride in their work.  They are ready to work with you to make your home and workplace secure and this community an even better place to live.

We welcome input and suggestions from the public regarding ways to improve our police services, crime prevention efforts, and community partnerships.

Acting Chief Richard Abrams

The Highland Park Police Department has a 24 hour Communications Center staffed by trained Public Safety Dispatchers. All communications personnel are certified by the State of New Jersey to answer 911 calls for assistance and are also certified as 
Emergency Medical Dispatchers. 

Public Safety Dispatchers additionally are responsible for dispatching the Highland Park First Aid Squad and Highland Park Fire Department. 

The Highland Park Police Department would like to remind residents that 911 is only for emergency purposes. 

Non emergency calls can be made to (732) 572-3800. 

Detective Bureau
The primary function of the Detective Bureau is to conduct major and follow-up investigations on crimes which occur within the Borough of Highland Park. 
Other responsibilities include evidence collection and storage, crime scene processing, issuing firearms permits, investigating juvenile offender matters, and conducting narcotics investigations, sex crime investigations as well as burglary and robbery investigations. The Investigation Division is also responsible for registering Megan’s Law offenders. 

Our Detectives work in conjunction with outside agencies such as the FBI, Secret Service, IRS, The New Jersey State Police, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department, local police agencies from NJ and other states, as well as NJ Department of Children and Families Services on various investigations.

As always, we encourage residents to assist us by reporting crimes and serving as extra eyes and ears to provide us with information to help solve crimes. We always welcome your support in this area. 

If you have information concerning a possible crime or have been a victim of a crime, please contact police dispatch at (732)572-3800 or 9-1-1 if it is an emergency.  

Det. Sgt. Jason Culver (732)572-3800 ext. 4248 

Det. Donald Newton  (732)572-3800 ext. 4222 

Det. Theodore Pardo (732)572-3800 ext. 4253 

Det. Sean McGraw    (732)572-3800 ext. 4263 

Barbara Fromhold     (732)572-3800 ext. 4220 
(Detective Bureau Secretary)  

**** Please Note: If you are inquiring about Firearms or Taxicab information please click on the link in the upper left corner of this page.

The Patrol Division is the most visible section of the police department, providing around the clock service to residents and visitors. Each law enforcement patrol officer works to protect life & property, uphold the civil rights of individuals, preserve public peace, provide citizen assistance,enforce criminal and motor vehicle laws, and respond to emergency situations. They are dedicated and committed professionals who place their lives and well being in jeopardy for the citizens of Highland Park on a daily basis

The men and women of the Patrol Division have a number of responsibilities, including: enforcing state and municipal laws and regulations designed to protect life and property, maintaining order, preventing crime, taking initial reports, interviewing witnesses and suspects, apprehending fugitives and criminals, directing traffic, and investigating accidents. Patrol officers maintain closer contact with the public than any other division within the police department. 

The men and women of the Highland Park Police Department's Patrol Division take great pride in serving the citizens of Highland Park. Most often, the first person you see when you are in need of police assistance is the patrol officer. 

Within a week's tour of duty, a single officer might be dispatched to investigate, or assist in, calls for: burglaries, robberies, assaults, suicidal persons, bar-room brawls, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, sexual assault, medical aid calls, noise complaints, prowlers, traffic accidents, drunk drivers, and intrusion alarms. This multi-faceted quilt constitutes the fabric of patrol work. It is important to realize that in a split second, the most inconsequential and routine activity can develop into a potentially hazardous situation. Patrol officers experience periods of little to no activity punctuated by moments of trepidation and danger. 

The Patrol Division is commanded by: 

Lieutenant Thomas Hammill (732) 572-3800 Ext. 4235 

Records Division
The Highland Park Police Department Records Division is responsible for maintaining and disseminating all Police records in compliance with the Open Public Records Act.

  • Investigative reports are not public information. Incident verifications for insurance purposes can be issued.
  • Arrest information can be released under certain criteria.
  • Most accident reports are public information.
  • Defendants charged with a crime or offense may request Discovery through the Municipal Prosecutor under Court Rules. 

Traffic Bureau
The Traffic Bureau is responsible for a wide variety of tasks, ranging from processing motor vehicle crash paperwork to supervising School Crossing Guards. The bureau additionally addresses any traffic concerns which residents may have, and coordinates selective enforcement details, such as DWI patrols and speed enforcement details, throughout the Borough of Highland Park.

Additional responsibilities of the Traffic Division include:

• Investigating serious or fatal motor vehicle crashes
• Planning safe routes for parades and neighborhood events
• Issuing temporary Handicapped parking permits
• Conducting funeral escorts 

Pedestrian Crosswalk
New Jersey Statute 39:4-36 states: Motorists in New Jersey must stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk. Failure to observe the law may subject you to one or more of the following:

  • 2 Points
  • $200 Fine
  • 15 Days Community Service
  • Insurance Surcharges

The Highland Park Police Department enforces pedestrian crosswalk laws utilizing undercover officers.  

For further information please visit New Jersey Safe Roads

Youth Officer
The position of Youth Officer within the Highland Park Police Department serves as a Police Liaison to the Highland Park School District who is direct contact with the School Administration and local children. The position was designed to address the numerous issues that face our children today.  The Officer, Ptl. Brian O'mara visits all of the Borough Schools to keep in contact with the students.  This allows for an open, honest and direct conversation between the Officer and students. Ptl. Brian O'mara serves as a positive role model for the children in the school district and provides a positive image of a Police Officer for the students. 

He is tasked with investigating all juvenile related incidents and crimes which take place in Highland Park. This includes but not limited to crimes against children, crimes involving children, and missing children.  He also coordinates and assists many youth oriented programs such as Every 15 minutes, Drinking and Driving awareness, Law Enforcement against drugs “L.E.A.D’, Junior Police Academy, Juvenile Justice Committee and many other programs. 

For additional information, please visit Highland Park PD Official FB page.

221 S. Fifth Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904
Ph: (732) 572-3400