New 988 Crisis Hotline

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. 


Chief of Police- Theodore D. Conley

Promoted to Chief of Police July 1, 2016
Chief- Theodore D. Conley

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 attended our third hearing process for the Accreditation Program on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. We are proud to say that we passed our hearing by a unanimous vote! We are now through our Third Accreditation process, and the plaque presentation is tentatively schedule for the December Council Meeting, 12/13/2022. We are very proud to say that the program is growing exponentially here in New Jersey as more and more agencies are choosing to go through the very rigorous process, in an effort to join the very prestigious and rewarding program in the end!

Body Cameras

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.


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