In addition to our duties to serve and protect citizens, the Highland Park Police Department also runs programs to promote safety and build positive relationships with residents.
The Highland Park Police Department offers a bicycle registration program for Borough residents. This service was initially offered at the Borough’s Annual Street Fair. Residents can bring their bicycles to Police Headquarters where an officer will log the owner’s information, the serial number, make and model of the bicycle, and affix a numbered identification sticker to the bicycle.
The Think Positive Helmet Program is designed to bring awareness to the fact that New Jersey law requires cyclists, skateboarders and roller skaters under the age of 17 to wear an approved helmet. The program, run in conjunction with Robert Wood Johnson's Safe Kids Middlesex County initiative, is designed to promote the use of helmets through a unique, positive method. Officers who observe someone in compliance with the helmet requirement will issue a "ticket" redeemable at a participating local business for a free food item.
If you are in need of a helmet for your child and can not afford to purchase one, the program will supply you a helmet(s) at no cost.
CERT members give critical support to first responders in emergencies, provide immediate assistance to victims, organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site, and collect disaster intelligence to support first responders.
If you join Cert, you will receive basic-level training in the following areas:
- Unit 1 - Disaster Preparedness
- Unit 2 - Fire Safety
- Unit 3 - Disaster Medical Operations: Part 1
- Unit 4 - Disaster Medical Operations: Part 2
- Unit 5 - Search and Rescue Operations
- Unit 6 - C.E.R.T. Organization
- Unit 7 - Disaster Psychology
- Unit 8 - Terrorism and C.E.R.T.
- Practical Exercise/Certification
Total training is usually about 18 hours scheduled in 2-4 hour modules, over a period of weeks or months, in order to address the scheduling needs of team members. It's held in the community where you live. Training materials and equipment are provided free of charge.
Role of CERT's in an emergency:
- Search for lost or kidnapped children
- Staff Emergency Operations Centers and monitor events
- Assist Red Cross and other relief organizations on mass care
How can I join?
You must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid driver's license. Print and complete the CERT Application that can be found on the left of this page to become a CERT member!
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death of children over the age of six months in the United States. The proper use of child car seats is one of the simplest and most effective methods available for protecting their lives of our young children in the event of a motor vehicle crash.
The proper use of of child car seats is one of the simplest and most effective methods available for protecting the lives of our young children in the event of a motor vehicle crash.
The Highland Park Police Department, in conjunction with Women Aware, Inc., has a team of specially-trained volunteer advocates available to meet confidentially with victims of domestic violence at police headquarters 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
In an emergency, dial 911. You can also call the Women Aware, Inc. confidential domestic violence 24-hour hotline at 732-249-4504.
The Junior Police Academy is offered to Borough children. The academy shows children what it is like to be a police officer and the type of training they receive.
The Highland Park Police Department hosts National Night Out Against Crime each year in August. The event is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness and strengthen police-community relationships.
Those in attendance will have the opportunity to receive valuable educational material, view emergency service equipment and vehicles on display courtesy of the Highland Park Fire Department, First Aid Squad and Police Department. Residents of all ages are invited to come spend the evening with neighbors, friends, and police for the National Night Out Against Crime.
Going away for a weekend? Traveling overseas for a month? let us know so that in the event of an emergency at your residence we can contact you! Complete the Resident Away Notification Form and drop it off at the Highland Park Police Department 24/7!
Complete an Senior Assistance Program Application and return it to the Highland Park Police Department. If you would like you can also provide a key to your residence, which allows you to feel safe that you can keep your home locked, but still have access for emergency personnel. We also ask for a photo to be provided, a digital copy can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can stop by and have your photo taken at Police Headquarters.
Slow Down in Our Town, sponsored by Middlesex County, is a county-wide campaign that partners neighborhood residents and local law enforcement together to warn drivers to slow down. The program addresses problems with speeding and unsafe vehicle operation, especially in school areas and residential neighborhoods with children. It's as easy as putting a sign on the front lawn, and hopefully, drivers will become aware of their speed.
The Special Needs Registry is a free program available to Special Needs Citizens who reside in Highland Park.
The Special Needs Registry is designed to assist the Police Department during encounters with members of the community who have disabilities such as, but not limited to; Alzheimer's, Autism, Schizophrenia, Dementia, or any other mental/developmental disorders. This registry gives the name, address, medical information, and emergency contacts, along with a digital picture of the registered person.
This program works by completing a Special Needs Registry Application which provides pertinent information to responding Police Officers, Fire Fighters, and First aid members. This information includes a list of emergency contacts, and any pertinent medical information that you wish to share with First Responders. This information will only be shared with medical professionals.