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Nationwide Click It or Ticket Enforcement and Education Campaign

Linden Police to participate in Nationwide Click it or Ticket Enforcement and Education Campaign from May 20 through June 2, 2024. The Linden Police Department will join law enforcement officers from around the country in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” high-visibility enforcement effort.

  • Click here to view and/or download the memo regarding the 2024 Click it or Ticket Campaign.
  • Click here for more information about New Jersey seat belt laws.

The annual “Click It or Ticket” national mobilization, which coincides with the Memorial Day holiday, utilizes high visibility seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols in combination with local and national publicity efforts to reiterate the life-saving value of seat belts.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 11,302 of the passengers killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2022 were not wearing seatbelts. While a national compliance rate near 92% seems high, the data reflects some concerning trends; 60% of the young adults killed and 57% of those killed in nighttime crashes were not buckled. “Putting on your seatbelt is the single most important step you can take when you get into a vehicle,” said Police Chief David Hart. “Taking just a few seconds to buckle up can cut your chances of being seriously hurt or killed in a crash by 45%, and it is 100% in your control.”

In New Jersey, everyone must be buckled up, regardless of where they’re sitting. A violation by the driver, front seat passenger, or passenger under the age of 18 is a primary offense, so a police officer may stop a vehicle and issue a ticket without witnessing any other violations. While passengers over the age of 18 are responsible for themselves, drivers are responsible for all passengers under the age of 18.

Linden Police Department Fourth Annual Bike Rodeo!

Do you want to learn about Bicycle safety? Come join us for the Linden Police Department Fourth Annual Bike Rodeo!

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer for this event.

  • Who: Children of any age interested in bicycle safety.
  • What: Fourth Annual Bicycle Rodeo! With the summer months ahead, bicycle safety is an important topic to discuss. Children of all ages will learn about proper helmet use and bicycle safety. There will also be an obstacle course!
  • Where: Linden Memorial Field Park next to the Baseball Field on Lower Road.
  • When: Friday, May 24, 2024 from 4pm until 7pm.

Alert – Phone Scam Impersonating Police Officers

Residents in multiple New Jersey municipalities have reported receiving suspicious phone calls from individuals impersonating police officers. These suspects are spoofing the phone number they are calling from, and displaying the respective police department’s phone number.

Reports state that the suspects have a thick accent and are using officer names obtained by searching municipal websites. 

As a reminder, never give personal information over the phone, by fax, through the mail, or on the Internet unless you have initiated the contact or you are sure you know who you are dealing with.

If you receive an unsolicited phone call from an individual claiming to be a Linden Police Officer, obtain the caller’s name and disconnect the phone call. Then, call the Linden Police Department directly at (908) 474-8500 to verify the call was legitimate.

If you have fallen victim to this scam and provided your personal information or are a victim of identity theft, please contact the Linden Police Department to file a police report.

Neither the Linden Police Department, nor any police union or organization associated with the Linden Police Department will ever solicit over the phone.

2024 New Jersey Law Enforcement Entry Examination – Public Information Meeting

Click here to view and/or download the flyer for this event.

  • What: Law Enforcement Public Information Meeting. Officers will be on hand to answer any questions a potential applicant might have about eligibility, background investigations, physical requirements, and training. For anyone interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, our goal is to make sure you know exactly what to expect throughout the process.
  • When: Thursday, March 21 at 6:30pm.
  • Where: Planning Board Room (third floor) at Linden City Hall, which is located at 301 North Wood Avenue.
  • How:
    • Click here to register for the Public Information Meeting.
    • Click here to learn more about joining the Linden Police Department.

Join Our Team – Linden Police Department

Registration for the 2024 Law Enforcement Entry Exam opened on Friday, March 1, and Linden is testing during this cycle! We encourage Linden residents who may be interested in joining the Linden Police Department to visit the new recruiting page by clicking here. The recruiting page contains pertinent information about the test, the hiring process and the Linden Police Department.

Click here to view and/or download the Join Our Team flyer.

Linden Police Department Youth Police Academy

Click here to view and/or download the flyer for the Linden Police Department Youth Academy.

  • Who: The Linden Police Department Youth Police Academy is available to Linden students graduating 6th, 7th and 8th grades.
  • What: Linden Police Department Youth Academy. As part of the Academy, you’ll learn about the Linden Police Department and other law enforcement agencies, you’ll receive basic training in police procedures/operations, criminal investigations, drill and ceremony and first aid! You will also benefit from demonstrations including DUI goggles, the effects of drinking and driving, K‐9, SWAT, Bomb Squad, and more! And most of all, you’ll have a lot of fun! The LPD Youth Academy is NOT a “bootcamp” for troubled youth. The Academy is structured to simulate a police academy for those interested in law enforcement.
  • When: July 15 through July 19, 2024.
  • How: Application deadline is April 8, 2024 at 3pm. Space is limited to 30 recruits. Enrollment will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. No late applications will be accepted. Click here to download the application for the Linden Police Department Youth Academy. Applications must be dropped off in-person to the front desk of the Linden Police Department, which is located at 301 North Wood Avenue. With questions, email here.

Union Man Arrested on Narcotics and Weapons Charges

A two-month long investigation concluded led to the recovery of an illegal “ghost” gun and the arrest of a Union man on multiple weapons and narcotics distribution charges.

On Thursday, January 18, 2024 Detectives from the Linden Police Department Narcotics Bureau, with assistance from the Union County Prosecutors Office Narcotics Task Force, executed search warrant on the 800 block of Hobson Street in Union.

Luiz Melendez, 53, was arrested outside of the home without incident. Inside the home, Detectives recovered an illegal “ghost” gun, along with an illegal high-capacity magazine, as well as a quantity of suspected cocaine and suspected MDMA. Over $85,000 in cash was also seized from the home.

Melendez is charged with a number of weapons related offenses, including third-degree possession of a “ghost” gun and fourth-degree possession of a high-capacity magazine, as well as with second-degree possession of a weapon while committing a CDS offense and as a certain person not to possess a weapon. Melendez also faces second and third-degree charges related to the possession and distribution of suspected cocaine and MDMA. He was remanded to the Essex County Jail pending a scheduled appearance in Superior Court. 

“Illegal drug sales and the violence that accompanies them have had a devastating effect in our community, and we are incredibly proud of the investigative work that led to this arrest and the seizure of this dangerous weapon,” said Police Chief David Hart. “I want to thank all of our Police Officers, as well as our partners in the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, for their continued efforts to keep illegal drugs and guns off of our streets.”

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, help is available. Union County Helping Hand 365 offers 24-hour a day assistance, 365 days a year. Please click here for more information. 

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Every Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Winter Storm Warning

A Winter Storm Warning that includes a forecast of snow has been issued for Linden NJ – City Government for Friday, January 19, 2024.

Residents are asked to park vehicles off the roadway when possible, and be mindful of areas where parking is restricted during a snow warning. A Nixle emergency alert will advise residents should it become necessary to remove vehicles from designated roadways. RESIDENTS WHO WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO MOVE THEIR VEHICLES ARE ENCOURAGED TO PLAN ACCORDINGLY. Vehicles in violation are subject to fines and may be impounded.

Linden Police Department Ramps Up Security Amid Ongoing Violence in Israel and Gaza Strip

As they have in the past, foreign terrorist organizations have exploited the ongoing violence in Israel, using social media and other communications to call on their supporters to mobilize, protest, and conduct attacks within the United States. Currently, a video is being circulated by a former Hamas organization leader praising the attack on Israel and calling on others to designate Friday, October 13th, as a day of action against Israel and its supports. While this information is disconcerting, it mirrors previously released statements that have historically had minimal impact in New Jersey.

From the beginning of this conflict we have been in regular contact with our law enforcement partners at the County, State, and Federal levels, and at this time, no credible threats have been identified towards Linden, New Jersey, or any of the State’s notable special events or critical infrastructure. We also recognize, however, that tragedies like this can illicit passionate responses and motivate a sympathizer to action.

Out of this abundance of caution, we have taken several precautionary measures to increase security in the area surrounding sensitive locations, and residents can expect an increased Police presence in these areas. The Linden Police Department has also been in regular contact with our local religious leaders to discuss the needs of their congregation and our response to these threats.

A public statement was released on our social media pages earlier this afternoon encouraging all members of our community to remain vigilant and report support suspicious activity immediately. We appreciate your support in emphasizing the important role each of us has in keeping our community safe.