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Police Department

Darren Dachisen, Chief of Police
(973) 593-3000
(973) 593-3024
62 Kings Road
Madison, NJ 07940 (map)

Patrol Division

Patrol Division

The Patrol Division of the Madison Police Department is the largest of all the divisions within the Department.  The Patrol Division is responsible for responding to all calls for service within the community.  The Division accomplishes this task by being the centralized location answering point for all 911 calls as well as all non-emergent police department calls.  

The Division is comprised of four squads of six officers at full strength and each squad is lead by a Sergeant.  The Division's comprises of  marked patrol units assigned for use on a daily basis.  The Division uses   Ford Crown Victorias,  and each has a unique Black and White paint design with reflective gold striping. 

Each marked patrol vehicle is equipped with a Data911 computer system.  Each system utilizes Info-Cop technology in conjunction with the Enforsys report writing and dispatch programs.  Patrol officers take a Philips Heartstart  defibrillator with them on patrol and are trained in the use of this advanced life saving technology, as well as, being trained in CPR and basic first aid.  Each patrol unit is also equipped with light extrication equipment. 

The Patrol Division is responsible for responding to all 911 calls, motor vehicle crashes, first aid calls, man-made and natural disasters, fires, reports of crimes and disorderly persons offenses, as well as incorporating a spirit of cooperation with both the business community and citizens alike.  Officers receive special training in community policing philosophy, interview and interrogation, drug and gang identification and intervention methods.  Officers bi-annually get trained in the use of firearms, domestic violence, pursuit policy, and use of force policy.

Patrol Officers are responsible for initial investigation of all crimes that occur within the Borough.  Investigations that are too intensive or complex are turned over to the Division of Investigation and will be continued by a Detective.  In 2004 the Patrol Division responded to 25,597 calls for service.  During the 10-month period of March 2003 until December 31, 2003 the patrol division responded to 22,015 calls for service.

The Patrol Division also utilizes bicycles, motorcycles and plain clothes patrols to complete specific initiatives or to address specific concerns of the community.

As the "hub" for the surrounding five communities and for three local universities, the Madison Police Department Patrol Division aggressively enforces alcohol and drug laws within the community.  Alcohol and Drug initiatives range from DWI random patrols, fixed surveillance of liquor stores - to deter and arrest underage purchasing of alcohol, plain clothes foot patrol, directed motorized patrol and coordinated undercover drug operations in conjunction with the Division of Investigations. 

Lieutenant Joseph Cirella is the Patrol Division Commander and may be reached at 973-593-3023.