We are in the process of picking a new date for our National Coffee with a Cop day, we just found out that it is schedule for the same day as Yom Kippur (Oct. 5) and we want to make sure that our friends of the Jewish Faith can also join us for a cup of coffee too! Stand by for a new date and time!
The following comes straight from a news article about fentanyl being found disguised as candy: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/former-dea-official-warns-parents-after-fentanyl-found-disguised-in-candy-packaging-it-s-a-mass-poisoning/ar-AA12iMLK?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=8f7674d6970c4dd1a0696b9c961c5ef0.
With Halloween right around the corner, we find this act extremely disturbing! We do not have a magic answer for parents who have been asking the question: 'What should we do with Halloween approaching and the candy that our kids will be getting?' I will give you the same advice I plan on following, please parents, closely inspect ALL of the candy that your child receives this Halloween. If the packaging is disturbed in any way, throw it out! If the wording on the packaging has spelling mistakes and just doesn't look right, throw it out! If possible, try to have private 'Trick-Or-Treating' parties, and come out to the Trunk-or-Treat event that the Township of Scotch Plains is holding on Saturday, October 22. Please do everything you can to warn your loved ones of this trend. This goes for older children too!
Sincerely, Chief Conley
There is a new 9-8-8 Hotline, it launched in July of this year. The new number takes the place of the previous 'National Suicide Prevention Lifeline'. 9-8-8 has been created as an opportunity to do a little triage before sending the police to the scene. It is designed as a starting point for mental health response. This can be done virtually or in person, which will allow for the mental health personnel an opportunity to de-escalate the situation in an effort to keep it from becoming a tragedy.
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Being promoted to the rank of Chief of Police of the Scotch Plains Police Department was one of the most humbling accomplishments in my career. It is truly a pleasure working with the men and women of the Scotch Plains Police Department, I have never met a group of more committed individuals who take the safety and security of the citizens and visitors to our Township more than them. We strive on a daily basis to make everyone feel comfortable in their daily lives while at the same time letting them know that we are constantly on guard protecting them and their families as if they were our own.
Please contact the Chief's Administrative Assistant if you have any questions or concerns that you have for Chief Conley or another matter that concerns the Administrative Division, she can be reached at (908) 322-7100 x102.
“To deliver effective police services through the deployment of dedicated, ethical officers who are provided with sufficient guidance and discipline, and to balance the responsibility of protection and enforcement with the limits necessarily placed upon policing in a free society.”
Currently the Department currently has (49) Full-Time sworn law enforcement officers and (3) Full-Time civilian personnel and has several divisions that handle the wide variety of services it provides.
The Scotch Plains Police Department has achieved the: Police Agency Re-Accreditation Status, from the NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police as of October 10, 2019. We are very proud of this honor and look forward to receiving
our certificate soon.
Only about one-third of the law enforcement departments in the State of New Jersey have achieved the status of accreditation, which gets renewed every three
The Scotch Plains Police Department has deployed body-worn cameras to its patrol officers. The public should be aware that anything said to an officer equipped with a Body Worn Camera (BWC) could be recorded.
The audio and video of the police-civilian encounter will be accessible for future law enforcement use in accordance with the provisions of the State Attorney General Directive 2015-1 regarding the use of BWCs.