Greetings from Chief David Hart
Welcome to the Linden Police Department website. My name is David Hart, and I am the Chief of Police for the City of Linden. The Linden Police Department is one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the state of New Jersey, and I am immensely proud of the men and women who serve our community with pride, honor, and integrity.
We are committed to delivering the highest level of police services to our residents and businesses. To this end, we actively work to build open, transparent relationships with our community and faith-based partners and with our partners at the local, state, and federal level.
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Thank you for visiting us; I hope you find the information useful.
Chief of Police
Linden Police Department
Mission and Purpose
The mission of the Linden Police Department is to reduce crime, improve the delivery of Police services and enhance the quality of life for Linden residents through cooperative partnerships with community members.
Code of Ethics
Law enforcement is an honorable calling. Service in this field demands a professional, rather than an occupational philosophy. Personal honor, a desire for professional status, and devotion to service above self are the motives which impel members and employees to discharge their responsibility in full measure.
Members and employees lives are one of self-sacrificing service to a high ideal, based upon their recognition of the responsibilities entrusted to them, and the belief that law enforcement is an honorable vocation. They fully accept their responsibilities to defend the right, to protect the weak, to aid the distressed, and to uphold the law in public and private living. They accept the obligation to report facts and to testify without bias or display of emotion, and to consider all information coming to their knowledge by virtue of their position a sacred trust to be used for official purposes only. Members and employees give their loyal and faithful attention to the identification and apprehension of criminals, being equally alert to protect the innocent and prosecute the guilty. They perform the functions of their office without fear, favor, or prejudice and do not engage in unlawful or improper practices.
They do not disclose to unauthorized persons any information concerning pending matters which might be prejudicial to the interests of the State, the City or the Department.
They do not seek to benefit personally by any confidential information which has come to them by virtue of their assignment. They are respectful and courteous to all citizens. They are faithful and loyal to their organization, constantly striving to cooperate and promote better relations with all regularly constituted law enforcement agencies and their representatives in matters of mutual interest and obligation.
Rigid adherence to the principles set out above is mandatory for anyone accepting a position in the police department. Acceptance of these principles should not be perfunctory; they should be weighed carefully. Citizens are quick to criticize any misconduct of members or employees of the department; the community places a trust in the police department and expects all members and employees to conduct themselves as to merit this trust. Members and employees should be proud to hold a position that demands so much.
There must be a moral philosophy and strong appreciation of the need for service in any profession. Unwavering adherence to such a moral philosophy will earn the respect and support of the public.
All members and employees shall abide by the Code of Ethics as adopted by this agency as written above.
The members of the Linden Police Department are committed to providing law enforcement services that are fair, effective and impartially applied. It is in the best interests of everyone that your complaint about the performance of an individual officer is resolved fairly and promptly. The Police Department has formal procedures for investigating your complaint. These procedures ensure fairness and protect the rights of both citizens and police officers.
Your complaint will be sent to a superior officer or a specially trained internal affairs officer who will conduct a thorough and objective investigation.
You might be asked to help in the investigation by giving a detailed statement about what happened or providing other important information.
All complaints against police officers are thoroughly investigated. You will be advised in writing of the outcome of the investigation.
- If our investigation shows that a crime might have been committed, the county prosecutor will be notified. You might be asked to testify in court.
- If our investigation results in an officer being charged with a violation of department rules, you might be asked to testify in a department hearing.
- If our investigation shows that the complaint is unfounded or that the officer acted properly, the matter will be closed.
It is unlawful to provide information in this matter which you do not believe to be true.
View the Form For Filing a Citizen Complaint
View the 2018 Annual Report
View the 2017 Annual Report
View the 2018 Internal Affairs Report
View the 2019 Internal Affairs Report
This email provides a way for our citizens to communicate with the police department, via email, who wish to provide information to the police department anonymously.
- Users may leave information regarding specific information as to the whereabouts of wanted persons, information regarding cases, crimes, and illegal drug sales or possession information.
- Users do not have to provide personal identifiable information, such as name, address or phone numbers.
- This email link is not to be used for reporting purposes such as, requests for burglary reports, petty theft reports, collision reports or other.
- This email link is meant to be another avenue for the citizens of Linden to give anonymous tip information.
- These emails will not be replied to unless otherwise indicated by the user.
If you need to make a report and speak with an officer directly and it is a non-emergency, please call 908.474.8500 to report non-emergency crimes.
If you have an emergency, please call 911.
Divisions of the Police Department
View information about each division of the Police Department and their Frequently Asked Questions.
Other Units and Services
View information about the various other units and services, such as the Domestic Violence Response Team and P.A.L.
Obtaining Plates and/or Placard for Persons with a Disability
- View this Brochure from the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission regarding application for vehicle license plates and/or placard for persons with a disability.
- For all applications for disability parking privileges, view the online forms page.
- For the City's application to obtain an on-street handicapped parking space, view the online forms page.
Homeland Security Advisories
Information and Tips
View Tips on Home Safety Here.