Police Department Information
The Cresskill Police Department is an Accredited Law Enforcement agency located behind the Borough Hall off of Dogwood Lane. We are staffed by 22 Officers and 4 full time dispatchers. Out of the 22 Officers, 2 are assigned to the detective bureau, 1 is assigned to the juvenile detective bureau, and 1 is assigned to the traffic bureau. There are 4 rotating road patrol squads each consisting of a road Sergeant and Patrolmen, supplemented by assistance from Lieutenants, Detectives, and Traffic.
We are an "in house" dispatched department, meaning when you call our desk at 201-568-1400, a dispatcher actually sitting in our headquarters, not a large call center out of town, will take your call. Our four full time dispatchers are also supplemented by per-diem dispatchers when the need arises. Our department also has class 1 Special Law Enforcement Officers who assist us with large events and crowd control.
The mission of the Cresskill Police Department is to provide professional, quality police service to the Borough of Cresskill. We have been entrusted with the responsibility to maintain order, protect life and property and to improve the quality of life for all Cresskill residents, members of the community, and visitors. Our objective is to maintain a safe and secure environment for all by interacting with the community, emphasizing the control and prevention of crime and providing fair, impartial, efficient service to the public.
To demonstrate our commitment to our profession and to the public, the members of the Cresskill Police Department subscribe to the following values:
Excellence: We are committed to delivering quality police service by recognizing the importance of training, personal effort, teamwork, modern equipment, dedication to duty and strong professional standards.
Fairness: Impartial decisions and policies are the foundation of our interactions. We are consistent in our treatment of all persons. Our actions are tempered with reason and equity.
Integrity: We are dedicated to maintaining the highest moral standards by embracing the principals of honesty, trust and courage.
Respect: We recognize the value of our unique cultural diversity and treat the people with kindness, tolerance, and dignity. We protect the rights, liberties, and freedoms as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and the State of New Jersey.
The Cresskill Police Department utilizes Watch Guard dash and body worn cameras as pictured.
Non Emergency: (201) 568-1400
Fax: (201) 568-4862
**DO NOT CONTACT via Email or Social Media to report incidents needing immediate police action, crimes in the past or in progress, or suspicious activity. Email is not monitored daily. Always call us (201)-568-1400**
Det. Sgt. Birnie
Det. Sgt. Birnie
Domestic Violence Liaison
Honor Guard Unit
Child Seat Installation
The Cresskill Police Department, in accordance with the Attorney General’s Directive, has implemented a random drug testing policy of sworn law enforcement personnel which is available to public review upon request.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. During power outages, the Police Department's emergency call volume increases dramatically as we respond to various situations around town.
If you have an emergency during a power outage please do call us.
However, if you are calling only to inquire as to when the power will be restored, just like you we do not know. When this is done, it prevents our dispatchers from answering calls with emergencies pending. You may call the power company or check the power companies website from a mobile device during a power outage to get an estimate when the outage will be restored, however we do not know when you will get your power back.
Yes. We have a program for our senior citizens in town where the individual will call our phone at 201-568-1400 to check in that they are ok, usually between 7:00am and 11:00am. Should a member of the list fail to check in with us via telephone, we will attempt to call them to check their status. If we cannot make contact over the phone, an officer will be dispatched to their home to physically check on them.
If you or your loved one wishes to be added to our list, please call our department to answer a few short questions and you will be added to the list.
Yes. We have a vacant house list that officers get each morning. The officer will drive by your house to spot check and see if everything appears ok. If you are going away on vacation and would like to be added to the list, please call us at 201-568-1400. You will be asked several questions from our form over the phone by one of our dispatchers who will then add you to the list.
No. Vehicles are not allowed to be parked on any street in Cresskill when the road is snow covered. The D.P.W. has to plow the road and your vehicle cannot obstruct their path. Vehicles that are parked in the street are subject to a summons and/or being towed at the owner's expense.
Solicitors are allowed to go to your home provided that they have a valid permit issued from the Borough of Cresskill. Always ask a solicitor to see a valid permit to solicit along with a picture I.D. before any interactions. If you feel the activity of the solicitor to be suspicious, do not hesitate to call the Police Department and we will send an officer to check.