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.

In Memory of Lieutenant Richard “Dick” Barrows

Mourning bunting has been placed in front of police headquarters in memory of retired police Lieutenant Richard “Dick” Barrows.

Officer Barrows was hired as an officer in March of 1962.  He retired after 25 years of service at the rank of Lieutenant.

After retirement he resided in Maine and most recently Washington State.  Lt Barrows was 79 year of age.

Essex Fells PD Expands Prescription Drug Collection

The Essex Fells Police Department announced today, September 4, 2018 a partnership with The Rite Aid Foundation's Safe Medication Disposal Program, a public safety initiative focused on reducing drug accessibility, medication misuse and accidental poisoning among children and adolescents. Funded by The Rite Aid Foundation's KidCents program, the Safe Medication Disposal Program provides law enforcement agencies in communities served by Rite Aid with free medication disposal units for citizens to safely dispose of expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications.


Chief of Police:

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

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-Emergency: 973.226.3000
Records: 973.226.3723
Detective: 973.226.3722
Fax: 973.228.6296

Records Desk Hours:
10am to 2pm

Accepting Reports Alleging Officer Misconduct

Fax: 973.226.3723, ext 176

All complaints of officer misconduct will be accepted from all persons who wish to file a complaint regardless of the hour or the day of the week. This includes anonymous sources, third party, juveniles, and persons under arrest or in custody.

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