Township of Washington (Bergen County)

Chief Richard Skinner
Address 350 Hudson Avenue
Township of Washington NJ 07676
Phone 201-664-1140



(Bergen County)



The Township of Washington Patrol Division is comprised of 20 uniformed Patrol Officers. The division prides itself on its community policing, as well as motor vehicle enforcement through the Township.

Officers work various shifts 24 hours a day, providing round-the-clock, constant coverage for the Township. Patrol utilizes marked and unmarked vehicles while conducting traffic enforcement and patrol with proactive concepts. Great significance is placed on employing community service interaction along with crime prevention in accomplishing our objectives.

Uniformed police officers are generally the first contact a citizen has with a law enforcement agency. These initial contacts will frequently leave the citizen with a lasting impression of the department, and it is our intention to make that impression a positive one. Our mission is to provide the highest quality law enforcement service and leave the impression of an effective and efficient unit with our citizens.

Officers are trained in various technical skills and as first responders, certified in CPR and Automated External Defibrillator for life-threatening emergencies which are equipped in all vehicles. They are radar operators, Alco test operators, trained field sobriety detection officers for both alcohol and drug use. Officers’ vehicles are equipped with Mobile Data Terminals so that report completion and communication can be conducted while out in the community and decrease the need for officers reporting back to headquarters and leaving their patrol duties.

Comprised within the Uniform Patrol Division are the Traffic Division and Community Policing Division. These two units are staffed with officers who provide daily and special detail traffic control, motorcycle patrol and escort duty, traffic engineering studies, school crossing-guard detachment and motor vehicle accident reconstruction in severe cases. Community Policing is an essential part of the Township of Washington’s Police Department.



The Township of Washington Police, in partnership with the governing body, is committed to identify and solve problems that threaten the quality of life within the Township. To this end, the Department is also committed to the efficient suppression of criminal and drug related activity, and to provide a secure environment for our residents. Community oriented policing is a cornerstone of this approach.



The Township of Washington consists of approximately 3.5 square miles. It is primarily suburban and residential in nature. A small commercial area is located near the center of town.

The Township is located in north central Bergen County and is bordered by the municipalities of Ridgewood and Ho-Ho-Kus to the west, Paramus to the south, Westwood to the east and Hillsdale to the north.

The residential population is near 10,000. It is served by a 20 man Police Department, augmented by two Class II Special Officers. All emergency services are dispatched from Police headquarters on a 24 hour basis. These emergency Departments include Fire and Ambulance. The communications dispatch center is state of the art. It is comprised of a computerized radio dispatch system and an enhanced 911 system which serves as a Public Safety Answering Point. Typical Police response time for emergency calls is within two minutes. This response time is well under National Standards.

The primary transportation routes in the Township are the Garden State Parkway, Washington Avenue (County road 502), Pascack Road (County road 63), Van Emburgh Avenue (County road 71), Linwood Avenue (County road 110), and Ridgewood Road (County Road 82).

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