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The mission of the Independence Township Police Department is to protect life and property, maintain public order and to foster an atmosphere of community commitment between the Police and the Residents.

Routine Complaints

Most routine complaints, such as parking violations, minor property damage and noise violations are not emergencies. If you need to speak with the Department about a routine problem, call (908) 852-4440. Officers will assess your situation and handle it in an appropriate and timely manner.  Please call 911 ONLY when you need an immediate response to an emergency situation.

Domestic Violence

Every person has the right to feel safe and secure in their own home. If you are a victim of domestic violence, call 911. Officers will respond immediately. If the situation demands, we can help you obtain a temporary restraining order against your attacker...even in the middle of the night. We also want you to call us if you think you may be in a potentially abusive situation, and are afraid for yourself or your children. If you need to speak to someone about your legal options and local support services, we suggest you contact the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Warren County 24/7 Helpline, 1-866-6BE-SAFE, (908) 453-2553 TTY, Trained counselors are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer questions and provide guidance. All calls are completely confidential.

Operation Identification

Studies indicate that valuables which can be easily identified are least attractive to thieves. We encourage you to take a full inventory of all the valuables in your home. Many people do this once and forget about it. What's the date on your list? Have you bought a new computer, TV, camera or bicycle? If the answer is yes, take some time to update your inventory. The next step is marking your valuables for easy identification. The best ID is your driver's license number. If your belongings are found, any police officer can track them with your DL#.

Bicycle Safety

Helmets are the law in New Jersey for any child under 14 years old (NJSA 39:4-10.).

Dennis Riley, Chief of Police (Dial 911 for All Emergencies)
(908) 852-4440 Non-Emergency
(908) 637-4097 Fax

Independence Township Police Headquarters is NOT staffed 24 hours 7 days a week!  In the event you need to speak to a police officer, please call the Warren County Communications Center at (908) 852-4440 or 911 if it is an emergency.  They will dispatch one of our police officers who is on 24/7 patrol within the township to either your location or police headquarters, whichever maybe more convenient.  Voice mail messages may be left at any time by calling police headquarters at (908) 637-6582.

Township of Independence • 286 Route 46 West • Great Meadows, New Jersey 07838 • Tel 908-637-4133 • Fax 908-637-8844