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Linden Police Department Youth Police Academy

The Linden Police Department Youth Police Academy is available to Linden students graduating 6th, 7th and 8th grades. As part of the Academy, you’ll learn about the Linden Police Department and other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, you’ll receive basic training in police procedures/operations, criminal investigations, drill and ceremony and first aid! You will also benefit from K‐9, SWAT, Bomb Squad and other demonstrations! And most of all, you’ll have a lot of fun! For more information, download, fill out and submit your application.

Space is limited! Applications must be dropped off in person to the front desk of the Linden Police Department. 

Click here to view and/or download the flyer for the Linden Police Department Youth Academy.

Linden Police Raise $5k for Charity during No Shave November

Linden Police Chief David Hart joined Linden Police Benevolent Association Local #42 President Joseph Appello and Linden Police Superior Officers Association President Airan Fernandez to announce that the Department raised $5,000 in its annual “No Shave November” event. This year, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation was selected as the beneficiary.

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to honoring and supporting our nation’s military and first responders and their families. Tunnel to Towers provides mortgage-free smart homes to our nation’s catastrophically injured veterans and first responders, and mortgage payoffs to Gold Star and fallen first responder families with young children.

In 2021, the Foundation provided these heroes and their families with over 200 mortgage-free homes. The organization’s Chairman and CEO, Frank Siller, is an uncompensated volunteer, and an incredible 95% of monies raised goes directly to programs and services that support of our First Responders and Military.

“Tunnel to Towers is such an incredible organization, and I am incredibly proud to be able to join Presidents Appello and Fernandez in making this donation,” said Police Chief David Hart. “I would like to personally thank Frank, and all of the Tunnel to Towers staff and volunteers, for their incredible efforts in support our first responders and military over the past twenty plus years.”

Last week, Chief Hart joined Mayor Derek Armstead, and Presidents Appello and Fernandez at the Tunnel to Towers Offices in Staten Island, NY where they met with Frank and presented him with the donation.

“We want to thank everyone who put away their razors in order to raise money through No Shave November. The money raised by Linden Police will be used to support their fellow first responders in need,” said Siller.

To learn more about the Tunnel  to Towers Foundation, please click here.

UDrive. UText. UPay. Distracted Driving Campaign To Be Carried Out Locally From April 1st Through April 30th, 2022

The Linden Police Department will be cracking down on distracted drivers during April as part of New Jersey’s UDrive. UText. UPay. Enforcement Campaign.

Beginning April 1 and running through the end of the month, the high visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2019 alone, 3,142 people were killed in distracted driving crashes on our nation’s roads and an estimated 400,000 people were injured. Driver inattention has remained the most frequently cited cause of fatal and incapacitating crashes in NJ, over seven times higher than the total crashes cited for unsafe speed over the five-year period 2015-2019. Driver inattention was a contributing circumstance in nearly 49 percent of NJ crashes in 2019.

Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system — anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.

New Jersey is one of eight states nationally to receive dedicated federal funds this year to tackle the issue of driver distraction. This federal funding will be used for police overtime enforcement grants at the local level as well as a statewide multimedia public awareness campaign on this Important issue.

Click here to view and/or download a copy of this press release.

Easter Egg Hunt for Special Needs Students

Join the Linden Police Department Crisis Intervention Team for their Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Special Needs Students.

  • Who: Grades Pre-K through 5th
  • What: Parent(s) must accompany child(ren) throughout the Egg Hunt
  • When: April 9th, 2022 @ 11am (Rain Date April 16th)
  • Where: Tiger Stadium
  • How: Please fill out this form and return it to 170 Hussa Street, Attention: Marge Martorano. Registration must be submitted no later than April 1st.

Informational Meeting on February 16th for the NJ Civil Service Commission Police Entrance Exam on February 28th

The Linden Police Department will be hosting an informational meeting at the Linden Public Library on February 16th @ 5:30pm.

Officers will be on hand to answer any questions a potential applicant might have about eligibility, background investigations, physical requirements, and training. For anyone interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, our goal is to make sure you know exactly what to expect throughout the process. Register for the event by clicking here!

The application deadline for NJ Civil Service Commission Police Entrance Exam is February 28th.

Significant Snow Forecast – Residents Are Reminded to Remove Vehicles From Designated Streets

Several inches of snow are expected to fall in Linden. Residents are reminded that vehicles must be removed from designated snow emergency routes once snow begins. Vehicles not in compliance will be towed. TOWED VEHICLES CANNOT BE RELEASED UNTIL MONDAY.

Alternate side of the street parking will be suspended today, Friday January 28th as storm preparations are made.

Name of StreetSideLocation
Chandler AvenueBothEntire length
Clinton StreetBothEntire length
Cranford AvenueBothEntire length
DeWitt StreetBothEntire length
DeWitt TerraceBothEntire length
Elizabeth AvenueBothEntire length
Grier AvenueBothEntire length
Knopf StreetBothEntire length
Linden AvenueBothEntire length
McCandless StreetBothEntire length
Orchard TerraceBothEntire length
Park AvenueBothEntire length
Pleasant StreetBothEntire length
Raritan RoadBothEntire length
Roselle StreetBothEntire length
Route U.S. 1
(Edgar Road)
BothEntire length
St. Georges AvenueBothEntire length
Stiles StreetBothEntire length
Tremley Point RoadBothEntire length
Wood AvenueBothEntire length

2022 NJ Law Enforcement Examination Applications Now Available

Join Our Team!

The 2022 NJ Law Enforcement Examination Applications are now available. Applications must be submitted by February 28, 2022. Click here to apply. For more information, please contact the Linden Police Department Professional Standards Division.


  • US Citizen
  • Valid NJ Drivers License
  • Must be 18 – 35 on the closing date
  • Must be a Linden Resident
  • Must be a High School or Vocational High School graduate, or possess an approved High School Certificate.

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer.

Gun Buy Back Event on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

In conjunction with the Union County Prosecutors Office, the Union County Sheriff’s Department and the County Board of Commissioners, the Union County Police Department is conducting a Gun Buy Back event on Saturday, October 23rd, with locations in the City of Elizabeth, City of Plainfield and Township of Westfield. For more information, please click here for the informational flyer for this event in both English and Spanish.


  • October 23rd, 2021
  • 9am until 4pm


Man Arrested Following Shooting

A Newark man was arrested and is facing charges for his role in an altercation that resulted in a shooting.

At approximately 7:42pm on Sunday, September 26, 2021, Officers responded to the 500 block of Union St on reports of a shooting. They quickly located the victim, a 44-year-old man from Rahway, who had suffered multiple gun shot wounds. The defendant, identified as Ramon Perez Jr, 33, was also located and taken into custody. A semi-automatic handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets was recovered from the scene.

The victim was treated on scene, and transported to Newark University Hospital. He is currently listed in stable condition.

“Violent crime like this has no place in our community,” said Linden Police Chief David Hart. “We are pleased with the quick arrest in this case, and we are proud of the Officers and members of our community who continue to work tirelessly so that incidents like this are never tolerated or accepted as normal.”

Perez is charged with second-degree aggravated assault and related weapons charges. He was committed to the Union County Jail pending a scheduled appearance in Superior Court.

“We will do everything humanely possible to make sure these individuals are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Mayor Derek Armstead. “We hope their prosecution deters others from coming into our community and exhibiting such behavior.”

This incident remains under investigation by the Linden Police Detective Bureau, and anyone with information is urged to contact Det. Michael Cistaro at (908) 474- 8530 or via email here Information about this incident or any other crime can also be shared anonymously via email here.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Click here to view and/or download a PDF of this press release from the Linden Police Department.

Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be Conducted Locally as Part of Statewide End of Summer Campaign

Law enforcement officials from Linden will be cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end of summer “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign. Beginning August 20 and continuing through September 6, 2021, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” effort endeavors to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving through a combination of high-visibility enforcement and public education. “During the last five years New Jersey has experienced more than 35,000 alcohol involved crashes resulting in 618 fatalities,” said Police Chief David Hart. “This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives, especially in light of recent increased motor vehicle fatality rates both nationally and in New Jersey.”

Last year, 23% of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey were alcohol-related. Nationally, 10,142 people died in 2019 in drunk driving crashes. The societal cost associated with these crashes is estimated to be $44 billion annually.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2021 Statewide Labor Day Crackdown offer the following advice for the holiday season:

  • Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • Spend the night where the activity or party is held.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life. 
  • Always buckle-up, every ride. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
  • If you are intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive or escort you to your doorstep.
  • Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.

To view and/or download a PDF of this press release, click here.