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Division of the East Orange Police Department
is the most visible
group of the EOPD.
Every police department's "heart and soul" is its
Patrol Division. Some agencies call the function by a different name,
but its essence is the same. Its employees are the ones you see most
often. They're the ones cruising your neighborhood with the mission
of creating a safe place to live. These dedicated men and women patrol
the streets of East Orange 24 hrs. a day, 7 days a week and respond to
emergency calls from thefts to murder. From Traffic control to
gathering evidence for your residential burglary, the uniformed
division of the Department is the front line unit in the fight against
crime. It is the uniformed officers who provide us with the complete
range of police activities on which we all have come to
rely. They answer complaints of barking dogs that keep us
awake at night, they respond to and attempt to locate a lost
child, they enforce traffic laws, help the injured and
deliver babies and yes, they do make arrests, from the
obnoxious drunk to the most dangerous and violent criminals.
The peacekeeping function is a significant and important
responsibility of the men and women who are assigned
to patrol. The patrol division which enacts community
policing philosophies, realizes that community policing is
as much an attitude as it is a technique. It is an attempt
to bring policing back to the close contact it once
The Patrol Division is the
largest division. These are the officers that the public is used to
seeing every day; they wear distinct uniforms and patrol the city with
marked police vehicles such as cars, 4x4s,
motorcycles, and bicycles. We have utilized Ford Crown Victorias for
several years. They are in use throughout the country and are
regarded as safe and comfortable to operate. When you consider that
the officer's police car is his or her "office" for a eight-hour
shift, one can readily see how important this is. Patrol officers are
responsible for traffic enforcement (tickets!), preventative patrol,
and initiating criminal investigations
Their dedication and commitment
to protecting the citizens of East Orange is unmatched and is a
"Mission" for all members. Along with this drive of pro-activity
comes the desire to succeed in the innovative Community Policing
Programs throughout the City. These uniformed officers participate in
School Programs, Neighborhood Watch Programs and Community Outreach
Centers. Their dedication to "Our Vision" of the Department is
measured by the trust and respect given by the citizens of East Orange
Other divisions, such as Traffic, Staff Services which
include Administration , Records & Information (R&I) and Communications, work to make sure that
the Department has the information, communication and equipment it needs to perform
its job 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They also assist the public
with obtaining information and paperwork such as accident reports,
firearm permits, parking information, receive and dispatch calls etc. To view
divisions in Staff Services click
on the appropriate link below.
Police Officers Beware
Of The Hidden Cuff Key: It is a handcuff key secreted in a hidden
compartment located on the rear of the sneaker. See Photo Below....
How To Protect Yourself From Being
Getting To Be Street Smart:
Stay alert. Be observant of your surroundings, who's in
front and who's behind you. Don't get distracted. If you're worried
about crime, ask a friend to accompany you when you go out.
Communicate the message that you're calm, confident, and know
where you're going. Stand tall, walk purposefully, and make
quick eye contact with people around you.
Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a
place or situation, leave.
Know your neighborhood. Is your route safe? Find out
what stores and restaurants are open late and the locations of fire and
Help make your streets safer for everyone. Organize a
Neighborhood Watch. Clean up neglected parks, vacant lots, cluttered
alleys. Trim overgrown shrubbery. Lobby for good street lighting.
When Working late:
Lock your office
Stay close to a
into other parts of the building.
Try to work late
on nights when others work late and leave with someone else.
riding the elevator late at night:
know you're coming down.
elevator for suspicious people before getting in.
Stand near the
Get off if
someone suspicious gets on.
If attacked, hit
the alarm and as many floor buttons as possible.
going home late:
security for an escort to your car.
for public transportation, stand near other people.
If catching a
bus, use a well-lighted and frequently used stop.
Sit near the bus
driver or conductor.
Watch who gets
off the bus or subway with you. If you feel uncomfortable, go directly
to a place where there are other people.
Myths About Sexual Assault:
Rape is motivated by sexual desire. FACT: Rape is an act of violence, not sexual passion.
It is an attempt to hurt and humiliate, using sex as the weapon.
Most women are raped by strangers in high-risk situations - hitchhiking,
walking alone at night, going alone to a bar. FACT: Rape can happen in these situations, but
approximately one-third of all victims are attacked in their homes and
in over half the reported rapes, women know their attackers.
Women invite rape by dressing seductively. FACT: Victims do not cause rape. It can happen to
anyone - children, grandmothers, students, working women, mothers,
wives, the rich and the poor. Rape victims often are simply in the wrong
place at the wrong time.
The majority of rapists rape only once. FACT: Most rapists continue until caught. And rape is
one of the most underreported crimes.
Rape is a crime which affects all members of society both as its
victims, and as those close to them. The more informed all citizens are
about the crime of rape, the better prepared they will be to prevent it.
(Although not as common, the incidence of males sexually assaulting
other males is on the increase. Thus, whenever discussing the crime of
rape, it is important to remember that women are not the only victims.)
To Protect Yourself While Using An Automated Teller Machine (ATM)
Try to avoid using an ATM by
yourself. Either take someone with you or only use an ATM when
others are around.
If possible, avoid using an ATM
after dark. If you must, choose one that is well lighted and does
not have tall bushes nearby.
When you arrive at an ATM, look
around. If you see anything that makes you uncomfortable or anyone
who looks suspicious, do not stop. Either use an ATM at a
different location or come back later. Notify the authorities.
Have your access card and any
other documents you need ready when you approach an ATM. While you
are fumbling with a wallet or purse, you are easy game for a
If someone else is using the ATM
when you arrive, avoid standing right behind them. Give them
enough space to conduct their transaction in privacy.
Even while using the ATM, stay
alert to your surroundings. Look up and around every few seconds
while transacting your business.
Protect your Personal
Identification Number (PIN). Do not enter your PIN if anyone else
can see the screen. Do not use spouse, children, maiden or pet
names for PIN number. Shield your PIN from onlookers by
using your body.
When your transaction is finished,
be sure you have your card and your receipt, and then leave
immediately. Avoid counting or otherwise displaying large amounts
As you leave, keep a look out. Be
alert for anything or anyone who appears suspicious. If you think
you are being followed, go to an area with a lot of people and
call the police.
to Protect Yourself While Walking at Night
Avoid walking or running alone at
night. Instead go walking or jogging with a friend.
Don't use headphones while
walking, driving or jogging.
Always walk in well-lighted areas.
Avoid the use of short cuts.
After dark, keep away from large
bushes or doorways where someone could be lurking.
Always stay near the curb.
If someone in a vehicle stops and
asks for directions, answer from a distance. Do not approach the
If followed, go immediately to an
area with lights and people. If needed, turn around and walk in
the opposite direction, your follower will also have to reverse
Do not display cash openly,
especially when leaving an ATM.
to Protect Yourself in a Parking Garage
If you must leave a key with a
parking attendant, leave only your vehicle's ignition key. Do not
leave anything attached to it with your name and address.
Don't park next to a van's sliding
Change from high heels to low
flats or even sneakers when leaving work. They are better to run
At night, leave your office or
building in the company of others. Don't leave alone after dark.
If possible, have someone from your building security escort you,
or call for police assistance.
Approach your vehicle with your
keys already in your hand.
Look around your vehicle for any
suspicious activity. If you see someone loitering around your
vehicle, walk past until they leave.
Do a quick scan of your vehicle's
interior before unlocking the door. Be sure to look in the back
Keep your doors locked and your
Be suspicious of anyone
approaching your vehicle, whether passing out leaflets or asking
for donations. Always leave the car windows up.
To Protect Yourself While Shopping
Avoid shopping alone. Try to shop
with a friend or relative.
Park your vehicle in a
well-lighted area. Put radar detectors and cellular telephones out
Know your surroundings. Keep an
eye on the people in front of as well as behind you.
Thieves also use the ruse of bumping into their
victim so be careful. If you see someone coming your way make the
best effort to avoid them even if it means going out of your way. If
you are "accidentally" bumped, immediately check your wallet or
Carry your purse close to your
body. Don't swing it loosely. Don't flash large amounts of cash.
Walk with confidence. Avoid
talking to strangers.
Approach your vehicle with your
keys already in your hand.
Try not to carry too many
packages. Place all packages out of sight in your vehicle,
preferably in the trunk.
Keep your vehicle doors locked and
your windows shut.
If you see anything suspicious or
if something just doesn't feel right, leave immediately and
contact security or the police.
When you head out to the mall or
your favorite store, remember that purse snatchers are also shopping
this season. Here are some ways to avoid being injured or robbed
during the shopping season.
Dress appropriately. Avoid flashy
jewelry which might attract unwanted attention.
Never leave children in the car
unattended while shopping. Keep your eyes on your children and make
certain they are with you at all times.
Before you leave the house, decide
on one credit card for use during this shopping trip and carry only
that one. Better to have to replace a single card than to replace a
This may seem like a give-a-way,
but we'll say it anyway: Don't leave your purse unattended in a
shopping cart. Believe it or not, this continues to occur and it is
an easy way to lose your money, credit cards, identification and
family photos. Don't chance it.
Being prepared to avoid trouble
can make your shopping trip a lot more relaxing. So take care and
to Safeguard Your Home While on Vacation
Note: If you're planning on
leaving for a vacation, you can contact the East Orange Police
Department to see about house checks.
Strive to make your home look as
lived-in as possible while you're away.
Don't broadcast your plans but do
let your neighbors and local law enforcement know.
Give a spare key to your neighbors
and give them an emergency telephone number to reach you.
Arrange to have your mail and
newspapers either stopped or picked up daily.
Have someone mow your yard or rake
the leaves so your house looks lived-in.
Use automatic timers to turn on a
radio and lights at different intervals to hide the fact you
Turn down the ringer on the
telephone. An unanswered telephone is a dead give-away.
Be sure you don't announce your
absence on your answering machine message.
Leave your blinds like you
normally would if you were home. Only close them all the way if
that is what you would normally do.
Be sure to close and lock the
garage as well as any storage sheds, gates, etc.
Engrave all your valuables with
your driver's license number. If possible videotape the contents
of your home. Be sure to keep the video and the list of valuables
in a safety deposit box.
Ask your neighbor to occasionally
park in your driveway. If you are leaving a vehicle parked
outside, have the neighbor move it periodically so it looks as
though you are home.
Be sure someone knows your
itinerary and your estimated time of arrival and return.
If you get lost while traveling,
ask directions of local law enforcement, not complete strangers.
Be sure your vehicle is in good
working condition and that you have taken enough money. Do not
carry large amounts of cash, use credit cards and travelers'
list of ideas is meant to help you reinforce your home security
against common break-ins. These ideas will not guarantee 100%
protection, but can help make your home less vulnerable to
Secure doors with a good quality single or double-cylinder lock.
Features of a good deadbolt are:
Minimum I " bolt throw. b.
Hardened steel insert in bolt. c.
Tapered or free-turning cylinder
guards to resist attempts to twist or wrench the lock from the door. d.
Strike plates should be attached to wood doorframe with not less
than two 2 V2"-3" wood screws. Strike plates, when attached to
metal, should be attached with not less than two No. 8 machine
screws. Be sure to use screws
of sufficient length to reach the wood studding beyond the
If glass is within 40" of locking hardware, a double-cylinder
deadbolt lock may be considered for maximum security.
VIEWER: Install a
wide-angle door viewer of not less than 190 degrees.
To protect the door from being lifted from its hinges by pulling the
hinge pin, follow these simple steps:
Insert a framing (2-headed) nail
into the doorjamb I " below the top hinge and I " above the bottom
hinge. The second head will protrude about V2". b.
Drill a hole about V2" deep into the inner side of the door to
accommodate the nail when the door is closed.
4. KICK PANEL:
If the door has a kick panel, it may be kicked in, enabling the
burglar to reach in and unlatch the lock. To alleviate this problem,
replace with a solid core door or cover the panel with a grillwork
or 1/2" plywood or heavy-gauge, impact-resistant plastic, such as
Plexiglas. Fasten the plywood, grillwork, or Plexiglas to the door
with the carriage bolts or other types of bolts or screws that
cannot be removed from the exterior of the door. If the door has a
window, protect with grillwork or Plexiglas.
CORE DOORS: Replace hollow
cores doors with solid core doors or faces the hollow door with 1/2"
plywood. Fasten the carriage bolts.
DOOR: The sliding door can
be lifted from its track. To prevent this, with the door in the full
open position, insert a 2ft. length of wood framing in the upper
channel of the door frame. The wood must be the width of the
channel. Screw the wood firmly into the frame channel, making sure
the door will still slide freely. An alternative method is to drill
four staggered holes in the upper channel of the doorframe. Install
sheet metal screws, letting them protrude just enough so the door
can slide freely.
Use the first method if door has a hollow channel on top. Also
consider a keyed sliding door lock that locks on the inside of the
WINDOWS: The sliding window
can also be lifted out of its track. Drill holes, putting sheet
metal screws in the upper channel across the top. Screw heads must
be large enough so they do not drop down into
the channel. An alternative method is to slide a wooden dowel in the
upper channel of the window to prevent the window from being lifted
out, but still allowing it to slide. Also add an anti-slide device,
screw-on; slide bolt or key lock.
DOUBLE-HUNG WINDOWS: To
properly secure double-hung windows, drill a downward sloping hole
into the top of the bottom window (each comer) through, and into,
the bottom of the top window and insert a pin or carriage bolt which
can be easily removed by hand. Another consideration would be to
replace existing thumb latch with a keyed locking device.
WINDOWS: These are poor
security risks. Remove and replace with solid glass, or another type
of ventilating window, or put epoxy glue on the ends of the glass to
permanently attach the panes to the frame to prevent easy removal.
If these methods are not feasible, protect the window with a grate
BOLTS AND PADLOCKS: These
are recommended for both exterior sides of the garage door. Because
of the amount of flex in the door, one slide bolt and padlock is not
sufficient. Be sure that the slide bolts are of casehardened metal.
When installed, carriage bolts should be inserted from the outside
to prevent removal. If it is convenient to lock the garage door from
the inside, another method of securing the door is to drill a hole
through the bottom frame at both ends of the door and into the
concrete at least three inches. Then insert a cane bolt or V2" heavy
bolt through the frame and into the floor. Rolf-up garage doors can
be secured by drilling a hole in the middle of the track behind the
last roller and inserting a padlock on each side. If the door is
secured with an automatic door opener, also use inside cane or slide
bolts for added security when away for extended periods.
One key to burglary prevention is adequate interior and exterior
lighting. For the interior of the home, timers on the lights are
recommended. For the exterior, each outside doorway should be
lighted with a minimum of a 60-watt light over the entrances. For
homes with wide or deep yards or parking areas, a high-pressure
sodium security light with a light sensor (photoelectric cell) may
ELECTRICAL BOXES: Place a
padlock on exterior electrical boxes to prevent someone from turning
off the power to the residence. Note: Keep the key readily available
in case of emergency.
Gates should be equipped
with a hasp, latch, or slide bolt made of hardened metal. The hasp,
latch, or slide bolt must be installed with carriage bolts through
the door or gate. Use large washers on the inside. After the nuts
are secured, deface the threads of the bolt ends to keep the nuts
from being removed. Use a good padlock to secure the door or gate.
PADLOCKS: These should be
of casehardened metal construction and have both heel and toe
locking features with a minimum 9/32" shackle. (Naturally, heavier
shackles offer additional security.)
provides concealment for burglars. Always keep it trimmed, away from
doors, windows, and yard lighting.
IDENTIFICATION: It is
recommended that you engrave your Driver's License number in an
obvious place on your valuable property. (Example: R123456789001.)
This enables the Police to identify your property. In addition, it
acts as a deterrent to a burglar, as most burglars do not like to
take engraved items. If you own property that cannot be engraved you
should photograph each item individually. On the back of each
photograph write a description, the date of purchase and the serial
number. It is strongly recommended that you keep an inventory list
of all your property, listing serial numbers, when applicable.
DETECTORS: Always should be
used in all homes and apartments for early warning of fire to allow
leave your home unlocked.
* WARNING: One window in
every bedroom on the ground and second floor should be left
available as a fire exit, particularly to children and guests in
your home. At night, the bedroom windows may often be the quickest
and safest means of getting out.
There's no room in our society
for bigotry and prejudice. Help your police department prevent and
prosecute hate crimes by reporting hate-motivated activity,
particularly where it may involve criminal behavior. Don't wait
until someone is harmed ó be a crime preventer, not a crime enabler.
Tell the police. A hate crime is targeted criminal activity, usually
motivated by prejudice based on perceived personal characteristics
of the victims. These motivations may include race, religion,
ethnicity, and sexual orientation. See the end of this article for
the FBI's guidelines as to what constitutes a "hate crime". Not
limited to individual activity, many organizations have been labeled
as "hate groups" where their group objectives and activities promote
prejudicial behavior and even organized criminal activity targeting
groups of citizens.
FBI Guidelines The FBI Hate/Bias Motivation Guidelines to law enforcement
agencies for determining what constitutes a hate crime:
Because of the difficulty of ascertaining the offender's subjective
motivation, bias is to be reported ONLY if the investigation reveals
sufficient objective evidence of biased motivation to meet a
probable cause type standard.
Bias is a preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of
people based on race, religion, ethnic/national origin, sexual
orientation, or disability.
Hate crime is a criminal offense committed against a person or
property which is motivated by the offender's bias against race,
religion ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.
MUST HAVE OBJECTIVE EVIDENCE THAT THE CRIME IS MOTIVATED BY BIAS An important distinction must be made. The mere fact that the
offender is biased against the victim's race, religion,
ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, or disability, doesn't
mean that a hate crime was involved. Rather, the offender's criminal
act must have been motivated, in whole or part, by his/her bias.
Therefore, before an incident can be reported as a hate crime,
sufficient objective facts must be present to meet a probable
cause-type standard that the offender's actions were motivated, in
whole or part, by bias. While no single factor may be conclusive,
facts such as the following, particularly when combined, are support
for a finding of bias.
The offender and the victim were of
different race, religion, ethnic/national origin, sexual
orientation, or disabled.
Example: the victim was black and the
offender(s) were white.
Bias-related oral comments, written
statements, or gestures were made by the offender which indicated
Example: the offender called the
victim a "Kike".
Bias-related drawings, markings,
symbols or graffiti were left at the crime scene.
Example: a swastika was painted on the
door of a synagogue.
Certain objects, items, or things,
which indicated bias were used.
Example 1: the offender(s) wore white
sheets with hoods covering their faces, or left a hooded white
Example 2: a burning cross was left in
the front yard of the victim's residence.
The victim is a member of a racial,
religious, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation group, or is
disabled, who is overwhelmingly outnumbered by members of another
group, or in the neighborhood where the victim lives and the
offenses took place. This factor loses significance with the
passage of time.
Example: it is most significant when
the victim first moved into the neighborhood and becomes less and
less significant as time passes without an incident.
The victim was visiting a neighborhood
where previous hate crimes have been committed against other
members of his/her race, religion, ethnic/national origin, sexual
orientation group, or his disability, and where tensions remain
high against his/her group.
Several incidents have occurred in the
same locality, at or about the same time, and the victim(s) were
all of the same racial, religious, ethnic/national origin, sexual
orientation, or have disabilities.
A substantial portion of the community
where the crime occurred perceives that the incident was motivated
The victim was engaged in activities
promoting his/her racial, religious, ethnic/national origin,
sexual orientation group, or those with disabilities.
Example: the victim is a member of the
NAACP, or participated in a gay rights demonstration.
The incident coincided with a holiday
relating to, or a date of, particular significance to a racial,
religious, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation group, or
those with disabilities.
Example: Martin Luther King Day, Rosh
The offender was previously involved
in a similar hate crime or is a member of a hate group.
There were indications that a hate
group was involved.
Example: a hate group claimed
responsibility for the crime or was active in the neighborhood.
A historically established animosity
exists between the victim(s) group or the offender(s) group.
A hate crime is
any criminal act or attempted criminal act directed against a person
or persons based on the victimís actual or perceived race, color,
religion, ancestry, national origin, political affiliation, sex,
sexual orientation, age, disability, or position in a labor dispute.
Examples of hate crimes include:
Beatings and/or acts, which result in injury, even if the injury is
Threats of physical violence that seem likely to be carried out.
Vandalism and other destructive acts, resulting in property damage.
Destructive acts can include breaking windows, spray painting walls
with offensive symbols, burning property and shooting at buildings.
criminal act or attempted criminal act, including property damage,
directed against public or private agencies.
Harassment. This can include anonymous telephone calls, threatening
letters and interruptions of religious services.
Hate incidents are
similar to hate crimes in that the act is directed against a person or
persons based on the victimís actual or perceived race, color,
religion, ancestry, national origin, political affiliation, sex,
sexual orientation, age, disability, or position in a labor dispute.
The difference between a hate incident and a hate crime is that a hate
incident is not a criminal act.Examplesof hate
Offensive materials such as hate flyers placed in mailboxes or
thrown on lawns.
Hate materials, not resulting in property damage, such as demeaning
caricatures depicting a racial, ethnic or a religious group.
Hate graffiti in public places not directed against a specific
target such as an epithet on a vacant building.
WHO ARE THE PEOPLE
BEHIND HATE CRIMES?
All kinds of
people, from all segments of our society commit hate crimes and
participate in hate incidents. They include:
Individuals acting on their own.
Certain young people who may be out seeking thrills or to shock
other community members.
Members of organized groups that promote hatred and racism.
Both majority and minority group members commit and are victims of
WHY DO PEOPLE
COMMIT HATE CRIMES?
People who commit
hate crimes or are involved in hate incidents have many objectives,
all of which are destructive. These objectives include the following:
They wish to establish separate states based on race or ethnic
They wrongly blame other groups for social problems, including
crime, high taxes and unemployment.
They believe racial bloodlines should not mix. Some wish to create a
pure race through genetic engineering.
They believe their own group should have the advantage in areas such
as employment, housing and religious practices.
Hate crimes and involvement in hate incidents serve as an outlet for
their personal rage and anger.
HATE CRIME VICTIMS
The victims of
hate crime and hate incidents may be singled out because of the
Hate crimes and hate incidents are frequently directed at nonwhites,
however, whites are victims too. Targets most often include African
Americans, Hispanics, Asians and people from the Middle East.
Some people are victimized because of their country of origin.
Other victims are singled out because of their religious or
Gays and lesbians are also victimized because of their sexual
Violence and discrimination against women is often a result of the
mistaken view that women are inferior to men.
People who have AIDS, or who are physically or mentally disabled are
harassed or discriminated against because of their condition.
The victims, their
families and friends can suffer serious personal, financial, and
emotional losses, as a result of a hate crime or a hate incident. Hate
crime and hate incidents can divide neighborhoods and communities by
raising levels of fear and suspicion, and lowering openness and
cooperation. Hate crimes, hate incidents and racist behaviors are
direct threats to the principles of democracy and equality. People who
are involved in hate crimes and hate incidents are often unhappy,
easily swayed and mixed-up emotionally. Many have had few, if any,
successes in life. Bias, bigotry, intolerance and participation in
hate crime and hate incidents serve as an outlet for their
frustrations. They are easily taken in by the persuasive talk of hate
groups. Their involvement in hate prevents them from meeting new
challenges and taking positive steps toward leading more productive
and fulfilling lives.
To report any
hate-motivated activity that comes to your attention particularly
where it may involve criminal activity, contact the East Orange
Police Department Patrol Division by telephone at