History: Initially Belleville had no provision for police protection beyond that noted in the Township Law of 1798, providing for the appointment of constables to insure peaceful procedure at the annual township meeting. The functions of these constables were gradually expanded to include serving warrants and collecting delinquent taxes. The Township Committee authorized a courtroom and a jail with three cells in 1894. A police department was finally established in 1907.
Today: the Belleville Police Department employs over 110 full-time officers and civilian personnel and responds to over 40,000 calls for service every year. The Department consists of a large Patrol Division, which serves as the backbone of our force and protects the citizens of Belleville around the clock. A number of specialized divisions, bureaus and units including Investigations, Community Relations, Administration, Juvenile, Traffic, Training, Professional Standards, Property and Evidence, and the Emergency Services Unit further improve public service. Belleville officers partner with the community daily through various initiatives to enhance trust and cooperation in a joint effort to prevent crime and improve the quality of life in town.
New > Non-Emergency Online Incident Reporting
In an effort to better protect and serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Belleville Police Department will now accept some police reports online. Minor incidents can be reported through the Township website at http://www.bellevillenj.org/OnlineReporting. If further information is required or the incident does not qualify for online reporting, an officer will contact the complainant to follow up. We continue to accept reports over the phone at (973) 450-3333 and in person as required. Everyone is reminded to dial 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency and not to use online reporting if you require immediate assistance.
POLICE CRIME TIPS
The Belleville Police Department encourages residents to immediately report any suspicious activity for investigation.
You call the BPD at 973-450-3333.
Working together, we can keep our community as safe as possible.
NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK WATCH PROGRAM
The Neighborhood Watch program, which is coordinated by Lt. Frank Pignataro of the Belleville Police Department, is currently in the process of reorganizing.
REPORT A DAMAGED STOP SIGN OR PARKING SIGN
The Belleville Police Department asks residents to assist them in locating the following:
- Damaged or Missing Stop Signs
- Damaged or Missing Street Signs
- Any Crooked or Damaged Street Poles
You can use this 3-panel form to the right to report any damaged signs within the Township to the Belleville Police Department. If you wish to directly contact the BPD about a damaged sign, you may call 973-450-3348.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESPONSE TEAM
Learn more about Belleville’s Domestic Violence Response Team here.
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