During 2001, the Patrol Division drove a total of532,102 miles. They issued 5,033 summonses for moving violations, and 10,740 summonses for parking violations. A total of 1,604 accident investigations were conducted resulting in the issuance of421 summonses. 39 DWI arrests were made.
The Police Department responded to 63,230 service calls resulting in 14,039 reports. Of these calls for service we responded to 29 calls for animal bites, 348 fire calls and 2,627 calls for first aid. The Department made 1,295 adult arrests of which 203 arrests were for other departments and 92 arrests for violations of Township ordinances. Officers located 130 unsecured premises and impounded 541 vehicles.
The Service Bureau collected $8,100 in alarm registration fees as well as $9,800 in false alarm fines. An additional $10,454.25 in miscellaneous fees and $5,333 in identification fees were also collected.
Each neighborhood in Teaneck has a specific Community Policing Officer assigned to it. These Officers work as liaisons between the community and the Police Department. They are available to citizens as a community resource.
Your Community Policing Officer can serve as a facilitator to access a variety of municipal services. A Speakers' Bureau makes presentations on law enforcement and safety topics. Members are available to help with the organization of block watches, conduct home security surveys and address neighborhood problems.
A "Citizen's Police Academy" is offered to adult residents twice a year for ten weeks. This program offers the residents an inside view of police work. A "Junior Police Academy" is offered to children ages 11 to 16 during the summer. This five day program is similar to the adult program, but is tailored to the age group of the audience.
Please call (201) 837-8759 if you are interested in finding out more about Community Policing in your neighborhood.
The Detective Bureau serves as the lead Township agency for the investigation of criminal activity. The mission of the Bureau is to conduct proactive and latent investigations to ferret out crime in furtherance of the Police Department's goal to improve the quality of life for the residents of Teaneck.
The Bureau's three squads (General Investigations, Narcotics, Burglary), conducted more than 1,500 investigations during 2001.
In 2002, the focus has shifted to hometown security. The Bureau will work in conjunction with Federal, State and County officials to ensure the highest level of security for our residents.
The Juvenile Bureau is comprised of 2 Supervisors, 3 Detectives, the DARE Officer and High School Officers. Its purpose is to protect children from child abuse and neglect, to provide them with a safe environment in their school and their community, and, to prevent them from taking drugs, joining gangs or participating in any inappropriate or illegal behavior. We work in conjunction with other agencies such as Crisis Intervention, the Division of Family Services and the Juvenile Court System to ensure that needy juveniles get all the assistance and direction necessary to mature into productive adults.
The mission of the Traffic Bureau continues to be the safe maneuverability of. pedestrians and motorists throughout the Township. As a result, the Traffic Bureau maintains a variety of statistical information which is used in determining what solutions are best suited for the specific traffic concern. Once a determination has been made, the Traffic Bureau will implement a plan of education, enforcement or engineering and evaluate its effectiveness.
Each year, the Traffic Bureau addresses concerns of pedestrian safety through the School Crossing Guard Program, Pedestrian Safety Grant Program, School Bus Task Force, radar enforcement and intersection evaluations.
The Traffic Bureau has increased DWI awareness by educating motorists through presentations of "Stoned Cold" DWI Reenactment, Drunk Driving Enforcement Fund and Sabers and Roses. The Traffic Bureau has added the "New Driver Program" to the list of educational programs offered in 2002.
Additional areas of focus for the Traffic Bureau include DWI Sobriety Checkpoints, DWI Roving Patrols, Bicycle Helmet Awareness Programs, accident investigations, DMV Inspection Sticker Road Checks and details to follow up citizen complaints.