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Deputy Chief: Unassigned heads the Administration, Staff and Technical Services Division. The division consists of three separate bureaus: Administrative Support, Staff Support, and Information Services. Lieutenant Alex Pettiford is the Staff Support Bureau Commander and Lieutenant Buba  Karade is the Administrative Support Bureau Commander and the Information Service Bureau Commander. 


  • Administrative Support Bureau: oversees the Training Unit, Recruiting and Background Unit, Police Finance, and Payroll/Personnel.

  • Information Service Bureau: handles the communications function; to include all radio, telephone and teletype services within the Department, as well as the Compstat and Records and Crime Analysis (UCR) sections. All information systems, network and computer support is handled by this bureau.

  • Staff Support Bureau: is responsible for units such as Resource Management (police supply), Fleet Services and Court Liaison.

    Recruiting: The Recruiting Unit's mission is to actively seek the most qualified candidates for positions throughout the Police Department, while placing an emphasis on diversity. All applicants must first pass a written examination given by the New Jersey Department of Personnel. The Recruiting Unit is headed by Lieutenant Raymond Brown and is assisted by Lieutenant Buba Karade and  Detective and Erica Horsley. We utilize this team to market the East Orange Police Department to civilians, high school students, colleges, and members of the United States military. The backbone of the Police Department takes its direction from this unit, which is tasked with background investigation and subsequent hiring of all personnel within the Police Department. In the past five years this unit has hired more than one-hundred new employees, including, but not limited to Police, telecommunications (dispatchers) and Police Civilian Service Aides. 

    The Training Unit, with a staff of 5, provides a wide range of services including the overseeing of recruits attending the Essex County Police Academy. The unit is responsible for the coordination of both the State of New Jersey required mandatory training and departmental in-house training. It keeps records for all training received by department members both sworn and civilian. Further, the unit creates, tracks, and facilitates the printing of new and or revised department policies/rules and regulations through the Chief of Police.

    Police Finance Budget:
    The Department Budget Coordinator Keith Rollins supervises all overall functions of the Finance Office and reports directly to the Director and the Chief of Police. The main functions of the office are to coordinate the Department's purchasing, including issuance of purchase order numbers and payment of invoices, and the issuance of petty cash. In addition, acceptance of department's receipts and coordination of bank deposits through the city's Finance Department is a responsibility. Finally, preparation and monitoring of the Department's budget is also a major responsibility.

    Police Resource Management Supply: Resource Management is headed by Sergeant Chris Patrick and is   responsible for the issuance of supplies, general mataintance and other equipment necessary for the day-to-day operation of the department's sworn and civilian staff. The accessibility of vehicles,  radios and forms in the day-to-day operations of the police department is the responsibility of the Supply Unit. Equipment, acquisitions, storage, and distribution fall under this area.

    Fleet Services: The 150 plus vehicles in the department's fleet require regular maintenance and repair from this unit. In addition to insuring that the fleet is in good repair and all damage has been documented, this unit, part of Resource Management also assists in preparing bids for future fleet purchases.

    Court Liaison: The Court Liaison Unit is authorized to accept and serve all timely court subpoenas, deposition notices, and all court related documents on behalf of the department's members. We receive criminal/civil subpoenas and disseminate them to 300 officers to make certain they are  notified of upcoming court dates in a speedier manner. Court Liaison is also currently working on receiving other legal documents electronically to achieve a more efficient means of processing paperwork. The Unit works with representatives involved in the legal system, tracks and notifies members of changes to the hundreds of pending court cases. The unit also coordinates with the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Criminal Judicial Processing Unit (CJP) by preparing individual arrest reports in criminal cases for judicial review. 

    Record Bureau: The Records Division consists of 15 employees working round the clock to retrieve, distribute, and store reports consistent with internal policy and demands, as well as public records requests. The Records Division receives all police reports and accidents reports. The reports are indexed and vital information is entered in the computer, which is used for Uniform Crime Reporting by both the New Jersey Department of Criminal Justice and the FBI.

    Communications: The Communications Center has three specific functions, call taking, dispatching and teletype. Each year the Police Department receives and processes almost 65,000 9-1-1 calls and close to 295,000 non-emergency calls for assistance. Once the information is received in dispatch, the dispatcher will evaluate the call, match existing resources with service needs, and dispatch the appropriate unit. This could be the unit recommended by the computer or a unit selected via a manual process of the dispatcher. For “in-progress” calls, or calls of an emergency/life threatening nature, the dispatcher can also broadcast the information to all units simultaneously regardless of district assignment.

    Teletype: The teletype section part of communications handles inquiries on lost/wanted person, stolen vehicles and property. Employees in this function work with both the Sate Crime Information Center (SCIC) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) to enter vital information needed to conduct criminal investigations. Each year this Department processes approximately 106,000 requests to these agencies and receives more than 3,500 hit confirmations.


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For Additional Information

Telephone: 973-266-5088
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Administration, Information and Staff Services Division Commander:  
Information Service Bureau Commander:
Lieutenant Baba Karade
Staff Support Bureau Commander: Lieutenant Alex Pettiford 
Administrative Support Bureau Commander: Lieutenant Baba Karade



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