Police Department

Police Department

The Essex Fells Police Department was conceived in 1903 and initially started out with two Marshalls who patrolled on foot. The first motorized patrol was begun in 1916 with the purchase of a motorcycle. A patrol car was purchased in 1921 and in 1927 our police cars were the first in West Essex to be equipped with a wireless radio to receive calls from the City of Newark. Calls received at police headquarters were relayed by telephone to Newark PD who would dispatch the cars to calls. The department’s own two-way radio was installed in 1960 and Essex Fells began dispatching cars from headquarters. In 1957 equipment to provide artificial respiration with oxygen was installed in the patrol cars. Essex Fells Police have a tradition of being proactive and attempt to incorporate new technology and equipment in order to benefit the residents of Essex Fells and the community at large.

Currently the department consists of thirteen men and women. A Chief, Lieutenant, three Sergeants and eight officers. Officers are on patrol round the clock. All 9-1-1 and telephone calls are received at North Caldwell who then dispatches Essex Fells Officers to their calls for service.


Officer Scott Cohen meets with the sixth grade class for thirty-five minutes weekly over twelve weeks teaching the Too Good for Drugs program. Too Good puts Social and Emotional Learning to work through fun and interactive lessons, building the self-confidence young people need to make healthy choices and achieve success. Too Good programs promote positive, pro-social attitudes and behaviors, while fostering healthy relationships, resistance to substance abuse and conflict, and resistance to negative peer pressure and influence.

Essex Fells Police Foundation

Essex Fells Police Foundation

The Essex Fells Police Foundation is a charitable organization, created by concerned residents, which raises funds for the purpose of purchasing equipment and training for the Essex Fells Police Department.

These purchases enable our police officers to obtain equipment and training which the department would not be able to provide under its regular limited budget.

Pink Patch Project - In Memory of Jan Huston-Pryor

In memory of Jan Huston-Pryor and to honor her work in removing any financial barriers for women to receive diagnosis and treatment from a breast care specialist, the members of the Essex Fells Police Department will be participating in the Pink Patch Project.  We will be wearing special uniform shirts with a pink version of our regular uniform patch during the month of October. 

The Pink Patch Project originated in California and has now grown to over one hundred agencies nationwide.  In addition to promoting breast cancer awareness these special patches will be offered for sale at $20 each.  All proceeds from the sale of these patches will be donated to the I Love You More Fund. 

The I Love You More Fund was established in loving memory of Dr. Jan Huston Pryor, who saved both lives as a healing surgeon and as a loving mother. Jan was a world-renowned surgeon who dedicated the last twenty years of her life to providing state of the art diagnosis and surgical treatment of breast disease for all patients with a kind, calm and caring manner, and without regard of their capability to pay for her services. She was also a loving mother who adopted ten neglected children from around the world. The I Love You More Fund is set up to honor her memory by providing a vehicle for funds to allow all women to be diagnosed and treated for breast disease, regardless of their financial situation. Finances should never prevent a woman from seeing a breast care specialist, nor prevent them from being treated for breast cancer in a calm, kind, and caring manner. 

Patches can be purchased from any officer on patrol or at police headquarters.   

William R. Theilacker
Chief of Police


Chief of Police:

Essex Fells Police Department
255 Roseland Avenue
Essex Fells, NJ 07021-0038

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-Emergency: 973.226.3000
Detective/: 973.226.3000 ext. 113 Records: 973.226.3723
Detective: 973.226.3722
Fax: 973.228.6296

Records Desk Hours:
10am to 2pm

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