Due to the evolving situation involving the COVID-19 virus and the risk of exposure to the public, as well as our staff and officers, the following protective measures are in place temporarily.
The Highland Park Police Department is encouraging all residents, visitors, and businesses to use telephonic reporting for any non-emergency requests for assistance or service. These include, but are not limited to: lost property, bicycle thefts, identity theft, parking or noise complaints, fraud, etc…
- You can reach our dispatch center at 732-572-3800 x 0
- You can email requests for non-emergency police services to: email@example.com
- If an officer is not immediately available to speak with you by phone, the dispatcher will advise you that an officer will be calling you back shortly.
911 should be used to report any life-threatening emergency or crimes in progress.
All fingerprinting is suspended for 30 days
We will be limiting access to our Headquarters building for the next 30 days. The interior doors to our vestibule will be secured. Please use the intercom on the right side, located beneath the Borough Seal, to speak with the dispatcher.
The Highland Park Police Department is also altering the method in which we handle Police Records, Discovery, and OPRA Requests:
Police Records can be requested by calling the HPPD Records Bureau at: 732-572-3800 x 4211 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
When Calling or sending an email, please provide the following information:
Current Email Address
- All required paperwork will be emailed to you and can be filled out and returned electronically
- Reports and requests can then be sent electronically or via mail, whichever the requestor prefers
- If you feel you need to speak to the Records Bureau in person, please call the above phone number to make an appointment
Chief Abrams wants to assure the community that these are temporary measures of prevention. There are currently no known risks within the Borough. The 911 system is still being monitored and the Highland Park Police is still answering emergency calls with the same level of professionalism you are accustomed to. The measures outlined above are being taken as an extra precaution for public safety, as well as the safety of our staff and officers.
The Officers of the Highland Park Police Department thank you for your understanding and your support.
9-1-1 is only to be used for reporting emergencies. An emergency is:
- Any situation involving a crime in progress
- An imminent threat to life
- Any serious bodily injury or medical emergency
- Any situation involving a weapon
All other calls should be made to (732) 572-3800. This is important because there are many alternate lines connected to 732-572-3800, but there is only one 9-1-1 line. Using the 9-1-1 line for non-emergencies or prank calls could mean the difference between life and death for someone in need of help.
Please report anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County or call the Highland Park Police Department and request to be anonymous.
Burglary Prevention Tips
Although Highland Park is a safe community with a low crime rate we are sometimes impacted by crimes that affect other communities throughout the state. We have had a recent increase in thefts from unlocked motor vehicles. A few simple measures can be taken to avoid being a victim.
- Lock the doors and windows of the vehicle.Don't make it easy for a burglar to steal your property.
- Remove any valuables from your vehicle.Remove your GPS, I-Pod, cell phone, packages and purse.If valuable items aren't visible, the burglar has no need to enter your vehicle.
- Remove the detachable face of the car stereo if the stereo comes equipped with that safety device.
- Park in lighted areas if possible.
- Never leave keys in a vehicle.Turn off the vehicle and take them with you.
- Call 911 if you see anyone tampering with an automobile.Be a good witness and give as much detailed information as you can regarding the suspect.
- Report all motor vehicle burglary offenses to the Highland Park Police Department.
Additionally, residential burglaries tend to increase during the summer months.By following the tips offered below you can reduce your chances of becoming a burglary victim.
- Make your home look occupied and make it difficult to break into.
- Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed.Even if you leave for a short time, lock your doors.
- Leave lights on when you go out.If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
- Don't allow daily deliveries of mail newspapers or flyers build up while you are away.Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them in regularly.
Office of Professional Standards - Internal Affairs Unit