The Garfield Police Department located at 411 Midland Ave Garfield, NJ 07026 (non-emergency telephone number 973-478-8500) currently employees 61 Sworn officers, 6 Public Safety telecommunicaters and 2 Record Room clerks. The City of Garfield which is bordered by Elmwood Pk, Saddle Book, Lodi, South Hackensack, Wallington, Passaic, and Clifton is a very diverse community. This comes with a lot of challenges. Some of these challenges include language and cultural differences. In order to accommodate the community, Garfield has hired bilingual officers. Currently spread throughout the shifts are officers that speak Polish, Spanish, French, Italian and Croatian. To date, the police department itself is culturally diverse which helps the city.
Within the 61 Officers there are the following:
38 Police Officers
The following divisions report directly to Captain Raymond Kovach (Officer In Charge):
Patrol: Capt. Ronald Polonkay, Division Commander
Records: Det. Bernard Montelbano
Detectives: Capt. Darren Sucorowski, Division Commander
Juvenile Services: Sgt. John Lesica, Division Commander
Operations (Traffic/ Emergency Management): Sgt. Michael Marsh EMC, Unit Commander
Adm: Capt. Raymond Kovach, Division Commander
Community Affairs: Capt. Martin Gray Division Commander
Internal Affairs: Lt. Richard Uram Commander
A Sub Station is operated at 159 Grand St. by the Special Services Division from which houses the Community Policing Unit, and the DARE instructional Unit.
The Garfield Police Department is its own Public Safety Answering Point answering its own 9-1-1 calls and dispatches for Police, Fire, and EMS.
The Garfield Police Department has a Bike Squad, School Resource Officers, D.A.R.E. Instructors, and Accident Investigators, Quality of Life Street Crimes Unit, and Emergency Service Units.
The Police motor pool consists of Chevy Impalas, Dodge Chargers, Dodge Durango, Ford Interceptors, GMC Heavy Duty Pickup Truck, Ford Explorers, Ford Expedition, Ford F-450 Emergency Service Truck and a Mobile Command Bus.
Wearable Video/Video Recorders:
All uniformed Garfield Police Officers in the Patrol Division are currently utilizing wearable video/recorders
It is the policy of the Garfield Police Department to utilize wearable video/audio recorders to assist agency personnel in the performance of their duties by proving an accurate and unbiased recored account of an incident and to maintain the necessary safeguards that will ensure the non-discriminating use as well as proper preservation of evidence that may be obtained through use of this technology.
Wearable video/audio recorders provide a clear and unbiased recorded account that protect both citizens, as well as the officers.
Below are pictures of what the wearable video/audio recorder looks like, and where on the officer this recorder is located. The wearable video/audio recorded will be located in the center of the Officer's chest, on the exterior of his/her uniform, as shown below. The wearable video/audio recorder also has a bright orange decal located near the top of the recorder showing that the recorder is active.