Andrew R. McGurr
Chief of Police
The Teaneck Police Department was established on June 1, 1914. In May of 1914, Jesson Witham and William Jahnes were appointed as police officers. They were instructed to report for duty at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, June 1, 1914. Thus, on June 1, 1914, the residents of Teaneck had their first full-time paid police department which was to grow from this two-man department into an authorized strength of ninety-five officers in 2019. They were further instructed to “preserve public peace, prevent crime, detect and arrest offenders, protect rights of persons and property, suppress disorder in public places, enforce ordinances, serve notices, papers, etc.” In our current mission statement, the prose is somewhat different – it takes into consideration the value of working with our diverse community, but our core mission remains unchanged. The mission of the department today is “to safeguard the lives and property of the people they serve, to reduce the incidence and fear of crime, and to enhance public safety, while working with diverse communities to improve their quality of life. Members of the department are committed to the highest ethical standards and to providing services with honor, integrity and respect.”
The department is further charged with the prevention and solving of crimes. Their objective is to work in partnership with the community to achieve a high sense of security. The department strives to promote community partnerships and to elevate the level of public safety through public education, continuous training, technology, and law enforcement.
The Teaneck Police Department is accredited by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. The department is divided into three divisions; Operations, Investigations and Service. The Operations Division consists of the Motor Patrol Bureau, Community Policing Bureau and Traffic Bureau. The Investigations Division consists of the Detective Bureau and Juvenile Bureau. The Service Division consists of the Records Bureau and Identification Bureau.
The department has an authorized strength of 95 sworn officers, including the Chief, 9 Public Safety Telecommunicators, 6 civilian support staff members, 2 full-time Parking Enforcement Officers, 2 Special Law Enforcement Officers, 25 School Crossing Guards and 15 Auxiliary Police volunteers.
In 2018, the Teaneck Police Department received 47,950 calls for service. Those calls resulted in the filing of 8,796 reports. The Detective Bureau conducted 775 criminal investigations. The Juvenile Bureau investigated 274 cases (criminal and non-criminal).
Police made 594 arrests, including 27 arrests for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).
In 2018, members of the department drove 415,078 miles patrolling Township streets, issued 17,015 motor vehicle summonses, including 5,849 for moving violations and 11,166 parking violations. Of the 11,166 parking summonses, 2,003 were for violation of the Township’s Ordinance prohibiting parking during a declared snow emergency. Officers conducted 10,743 checks on houses of worship, buildings and businesses.
Additionally, 1,996 accident investigations were conducted including 46 pedestrians being struck. Luckily, there were no fatalities.
Emergency: Any request for an emergency response from police, fire or ambulance can be made by dialing 9-1-1. This number should be used for EMERGENCIES ONLY.
Non-emergency: Any request for non-emergency calls to the Teaneck Police Department may be made to (201) 837-2600.
List of Bureaus: To speak with a member or a specific bureau, please dial (201) 837-2600 and listen for the appropriate prompt. Or you may dial any of the direct numbers listed on the bottom of this page.
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