Community Information

Dunellen Police Department
355 North Avenue, Dunellen NJ 08812 / Phone: 732-968-3000


Dunellen Borough Police Department Recruitment Plan 2022

posted Jun 14, 2022, 4:58 AM by Nicholas Goldman


The Dunellen Borough Police Department is committed to attracting a qualified and diversified applicant pool. It is the
intent and policy of the department to attract and employ qualified applicants who represent the racial and gender
demographics of the residents of the Borough of Dunellen. To that end, this agency will endeavor to set and meet specific
goals to promote demographic consistency throughout the hiring process, as provided for in N.J.S.A. 52:17B-4.10 et seq.
and corresponding New Jersey Attorney General Guidelines “Promoting Diversity in Law Enforcement Recruiting and
Hiring” issued December 7, 2021. This department will make a good faith effort to meet specific goals for recruiting a
demographically diverse workforce.

Dunellen Borough Resident Population and
Current Dunellen Borough Police
Department Demographics


 The Dunellen Police Department seeks to hire from PTC certified and current Alternate Route Program
 Make maximum use of the Dunellen Borough website, Dunellen Police Department website, Dunellen
Borough Hall variable message board, and Social Media pages to advertise and attract qualified candidates.
 Advertise on,,,
 Share hiring announcements with various law enforcement-related organizations (e.g. NOBLE, NJ Women in Law
Enforcement, NJ Latino Officers Association, NJ Asian American Law Enforcement Officers Association.)
 Hiring advertisements will include verbiage which promotes recruitment of a diverse workforce, in terms of people
of color, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation diversity.
 Seek permission to post job announcements at local colleges.
 Recruitment personnel may contact and/or visit local police training academies to seek qualified candidates
enrolled in the Alternate Route Program.

 The Chief of Police, or designee, shall conduct an annual review of the Recruitment Plan, to include an annual
agency demographic review, to identify whether any substantial disparities exist or have been reduced, and if
need be, revise the Recruitment Plan to meet its goals and objectives.
 N.J.S.A. 52:17B-4.10 et seq. and the New Jersey Attorney General Guidelines “Promoting Diversity in Law
Enforcement Recruiting and Hiring” requires each law enforcement agency to report certain law enforcement
applicant data annually, by January 31st, for the preceding year.
The reporting form can be found at:

Dunellen Police Department Body Worn Cameras

posted Oct 1, 2021, 10:42 PM by Nicholas Goldman   [ updated Nov 9, 2021, 9:13 AM by D Smith ]

The Dunellen Police Department will begin using Body Worn Cameras in November of 2021.  Officers are governed by Department Policy which outlines the usage and restrictions of the body-worn cameras. The cameras are worn on the officer's outmost garment around the officer’s chest area as seen in the picture below.

Community Listening Session on Use of Force

posted Jul 16, 2020, 9:15 AM by D Smith   [ updated Jul 16, 2020, 11:00 AM ]

A message from the Middlesex County Association of Chiefs of Police:

    As a result of the recent tragic police encounters, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has undertaken the task of revising the Use of Force Policy here in the State of New Jersey. That policy has not been revised since June of 2000. In order to make the necessary and important revisions to that policy, the Attorney General has mandated that each and every county prosecutor host a Community Listening Session. The purpose of this Community Listening Session is to request and receive input from the community in order to effectively guide the proposed revisions. To that end, Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone is complying with the Attorney General’s mandate and has scheduled a Community Listening Session for July 30, 2020 at 6 p.m. That Community Listening Session will be held virtually and more detailed information will be provided shortly.

    In order to make the Community Listening Session as productive as possible, it was thought that the Use of Force Policy which is in the process of being revised should be provided to you for your consideration prior to the July 30, 2020 session. Consequently, we are providing a copy of the June, 2000 Use of Force Policy for the State of New Jersey along with a PowerPoint presentation regarding the use of Force Policy Revisions Process which has been issued by the Attorney General in order to guide the upcoming Community Listening Session. Prosecutor Ciccone trusts that you will find both documents to be helpful.

    In conclusion, it is respectfully requested that both documents be reviewed. Once that review has taken place, it is respectfully requested that you submit questions and/or recommendations that can be utilized in order to facilitate Middlesex County’s Community Listening Session regarding the Use of Force and the revisions to the Policy. It is hoped that these questions and/or recommendations will be submitted to:, shortly after your review of this correspondence.

    On behalf of Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone, we hope you participate in the Community Listening Session scheduled for the 30th of July at 6p.m. and we welcome your commitment and collaboration in an effort to foster systemic and sustainable change in the Use of Force arena in the State of New Jersey.

Procedures for Reporting Bias Incidents

posted Apr 15, 2019, 2:39 PM by D Smith

Dunellen Police Department
Procedures for Reporting Alleged Bias Incidents/Crimes
(revised 4-15-19)

The Dunellen Police Department is committed to the investigation and prosecution of crimes with a component of intimidation based on race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, or ethnicity, which can jeopardize the active and open pursuit of freedom and opportunity.  

We take these incidents seriously.  We are committed to bring the investigative and enforcement elements of our agency into quick action following all suspected or confirmed bias incidents and investigate them in a timely fashion using all appropriate resources to rapidly determine the facts and circumstances surrounding each incident.  We will work diligently to identify the motive and cause of the incident as well as the identity of all suspects.   We will conduct a thorough and complete investigation of all suspected or confirmed bias incidents, and cooperate with prosecutors in the prompt and appropriate prosecution of these matters.  

DEFINITION OF BIAS INCIDENT:  This is any suspected or confirmed violation of the N.J. Criminal Statute, N.J.S.A. 2C:16-1(a)(1) or (2).  

The Dunellen Police Department is committed to the following:
Encouraging the public to contact the police when a bias incident occurs;
Ensuring that all agency personnel are properly trained;
Ensuring that we will respond to all such complaints in a timely manner and conduct a thorough initial as well as follow-up investigation to its logical conclusion;
Taking appropriate actions to provide extra security, as needed and appropriate;
Approaching victims in a sensitive and supportive manner;
Enlisting the assistance of the community and community groups in an effort to moderate the impact of the incident and to reduce the risk of counter-violence;
Maintaining contact with appropriate community leaders concerning the incident as long as the information to be shared will not jeopardize or compromise the                     investigation and/or is confidential in nature;
Issuing timely press releases, as appropriate;
Ensuring that the victims, and as appropriate, other concerned parties, are informed of the final disposition of the investigation;
Applying the N.J. Attorney General’s Revised Bias Incident Investigation Standards (dated 4/5/2019):
        o in a manner which reflects the individual needs of our agency and the community we serve;
        o to confirm whether a suspected bias incident is actually motived by bias; 
        o reporting all such incidents and sharing information with, cooperating with and submitting reports to other State government agencies
Ensuring that all investigative information is shared with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office within a reasonable time;
Ensuring that referrals to victim’s services are made in a timely manner, as appropriate;
Having agency personnel to meet with the victim, as appropriate;
Ensure that victims and other concerned parties are afforded all rights and protections provided for under the N.J. Constitutional Amendment for Victim Rights and the         Crime Victims Bill of Rights.  

Finally, we are committed to take an active role in promoting peace and harmony among the diverse groups living and working in the State and to protect all citizens from bias incidents.

Any citizen who wishes to report an alleged bias incident occurring in the Borough of Dunellen should contact the Dunellen Police Department at 732-968-3000 x0.


posted Feb 20, 2019, 4:46 AM by D Smith

Individuals seeking information related to obtaining a U-Visa or a T-Visa are encouraged to review the "U and T Visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide" issued by the Federal Office of Homeland Security. 

The following are the law enforcement procedures for processing requests for certifications in support U-Visa applicants or declarations in support of T-Visa applicants.

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