Chief's Welcome Message
Letter from the Chief
On behalf of the East Hanover Police Department we would like to welcome you to our website and thank you for taking the time to learn about our organization. I invite you to browse the website and familiarize yourself with our agency, our community programs and available department resources. We hope these pages provide useful and interesting information about the police department.
As your Chief of Police, I am honored to serve my hometown community. I deeply appreciate the support and confidence that has been extended to me by the Mayor and Council, the men and women of the East Hanover Police Department and the residents of the Township.
Our mission is to create a safer community by reducing crime, ensuring the safety of our community, and building trust in partnerships with the public. As Chief of Police, I have made it my mission to work in conjunction with the public to provide a safe and community oriented Department. I believe a trusting relationship between the community and the police are the best way to forge a successful partnership.
Christopher F. Cannizzo, Chief of Police
Contact the Police Department
Physical AddressEast Hanover Police Department
2 Deforest Ave.
East Hanover, N. J. 07936
Fax – 973-887-7096
DirectionsOpen on map
|Emergency Dial 9-1-1||911|
|Dispatch / Communications||973-887-0432|
|Office of the Chief||973-888-6040|
|Office of the Captain||973-888-6040|
|Patrol Division Commander - 1 & 2||973-888-6054|
|Patrol Division Commander - 3 & 4||973-888-6057|
|Patrol Shift Supervisor||973-887-0432|
|Support Services Commander||973-888-6041|
|Support Services Supervisor||973-888-6049|
|Detective Bureau Commander||973-888-6046|
|Detective Bureau Supervisor||973-888-6048|
|Emergency Service Section||973-888-6054|
|East Hanover Joint Municipal Court||973-428-2519|
|Report a Crime (Crime Stoppers)||973-COP-CALL|
Bureaus & Division
The Patrol Division is the largest division and most recognizable element of the Police Department. Patrol Officers account for the vast majority of department personnel and are responsible for the day to day operations of the police department. The uniformed Patrol Division is the most visible and is considered the backbone of the department, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Patrol Division is the core component within the department from which all other bureaus, sections and units operate.
The core mission of the patrol division is to provide for the delivery of uniform police services to meet the needs of the community during all hours. The Patrol Division is responsible for the initial response to reports of medical emergencies, accidents, fires, crimes and general calls for service. The patrol officers are generally the first responders for any call for service by the public. Officers in the Patrol Division are expected to provide proactive services such as traffic enforcement, crime detection and suppression, conducting business and property checks, and initiating contacts with community members.
The Communication Center is manned 24 hours per day, 365 days per year by specially trained Communication Specialists. The Communications Center is staffed by civilian personnel certified to receive and relay emergency and non-emergency calls for the Police Department, Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services and the Office of emergency Management. Dispatchers have the difficult task of quickly assessing a call and gathering large amounts of information for responding personnel and allocating appropriate resources. Communication Specialists have access to DMV and Criminal record checks as well as Computer Aided Dispatching System (CAD) and the Records Management System (RMS).
The Detective Bureau is responsible for conducting criminal investigations pertaining to a wide variety of law enforcement initiatives including narcotics and vice investigations, property crimes, financial crimes, identity theft and fraud, domestic violence, sex crimes and all other major investigative areas.
The Bureau is responsible for firearms applications and background packages, ABC liquor license applications and is responsible for the registration and maintenance of Megan's Law offenders who reside within the Township.
The mission of the Department's Juvenile Bureau is to reduce youth delinquency and promote building positive relationships with the young. The juvenile Detective will provide guidance, service, education and support for the youth and families of our community. In addition to this important community outreach, the Juvenile Detective oversees all law enforcement investigations in which a juvenile is a victim or suspected of committing a crime.
Every law enforcement agency in the state is mandated to establish a Juvenile Bureau by the Attorney General due to the special provisions of New Jersey's Code of Juvenile Justice. New Jersey has proven to be a leader in creating a juvenile justice system which emphasizes corrective action and court diversionary programs.
School Recourse Officer
The Juvenile Detective is assigned to the Hanover Park High School as a police liaison and youth specialist that interacts daily with students and faculty. This creates direct contact with students and is designed to address issues and intervene positively at the earliest stages of potential conflict. The officer also creates and promotes a positive image of law enforcement that aspires to attain cooperation with the community’s younger members.
The Support Service Division provides vital services to the Department and consists of the Records Bureau, Municipal Court Services, Information Technology Section / Fleet services and School Safety. The Division is also responsible for oversight of the Departments community outreach programs.
The Records Bureau maintains a record of all incident and motor vehicle accident reports for the police department. Records also handles requests for fingerprints, solicitor applications temporary handicap placards, OPRA requests and processes discovery requests.
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday 7:30am – 3:30pm
For Questions and/or Inquiries
East Hanover Police Department
2 Deforest Ave., East Hanover, NJ 07936
Phone - (973) 888-6051
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Information Technology Section
The Information Technology section is responsible the department Records Management system, maintaining the in-house computer system and CAD (computer aided dispatch) system. Information Technology is also responsible for the department’s communications and radio systems. The Department’s vehicle fleet management is also maintained by the Information Technology Section including the on board computer systems (Mobile Data Terminals)
School Safety & Security
The Police Department currently deploys School Safety Officers to the three East Hanover Township Public Schools and the Hanover Park Regional High School. The school safety officer (SLEO III) is in charge of maintaining a safe environment for students, teachers and other school personnel. The School Safety Officer is typically responsible for ensuring the security of the school building, grounds, facilities and the area immediately surrounding the school property. By fostering a safe school environment we hope to enable an optimal learning environment and create a positive interaction between law enforcement and the students.
Our School Safety Officers are Class III Special Law Enforcement Officer or SLEO III. A SLEO III is a retired law enforcement officer who previously served as a fully-trained, full-time police officer in New Jersey. The officer must have served as a full-time officer within three years of appointment as a Class III SLEO. The Class Three SLEO law was signed in November 2016 and established a new type of school security personnel. Class. A Class III SLEO is a specially-trained sworn police officer who is assigned to protect the children, staff.
Emergency Service Unit
The Emergency Service Unit provides specialized support to all members of the East Hanover Police Department and the citizens of the Township. This is accomplished through the assignment of highly trained personnel and the utilization of specialized equipment. Each officer is trained to utilize various types of equipment and weapons to perform a myriad of tasks efficiently and effectively in support of all department objectives.
Members of the Emergency Service Unit are volunteers from within the Department and are selected from a rigorous selection process. They are cross-trained in multiple disciplines including tactical operations, and technical rescue. E.S.U. responds to barricade subjects, active shooter, violent emotionally disturbed persons, high-risk warrant service, crowd control and dignitary protection as well as technical rescues including structural / trench collapse, confined space, vehicle extrication and water rescue.
The Emergency Service Unit has the ability to deploy mission ready personnel and equipment rapidly to any number of situations that Officers will encounter at a moment’s notice. The prime objective of the Emergency Service Unit shall be the preservation of life and the resolution of critical incidents with minimum force, personal injury, and damage to property. Currently the ESU unit consists of 13 highly trained officers.
Rapid Deployment Team
The East Hanover Police Department has several officers assigned to the UASI / Morris County Rapid Deployment Team. New Jersey’s Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Rapid Deployment Force (RDF) is an interagency regional task force serving northeast New Jersey. This team is part of the UASI Rapid Deployment Force which is focused on a seven-county area including Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic and Union counties. The purpose of the RDT is to provide law enforcement support to local law enforcement commanders during a critical incident with a highly trained, flexible, rapid deployment team oriented in an incident command and unified command structure.
The Internal Affairs Bureau monitors the actions and behavior of East Hanover Police Department personnel and ensures compliance with the Department’s Rules and Regulations, Policies, State and Federal Laws. Internal Affairs is responsible for investigating complaints of serious and minor rule infractions, criminal allegations, and policy violations of its personnel.
Citizen Rights for Internal Affairs Investigations
- Every law enforcement agency within the State of New Jersey must accept reports of officer misconduct from any person at any time.
- Every law enforcement agency within the State of New Jersey must have a policy consistent with the Attorney General’s Internal Affairs Policy and
- Procedures, which provides that all citizen complaints involving police misconduct are readily accepted and fully and promptly investigated.
- A member of the public who feels that he/she has witnessed or been the victim of police misconduct has the right to file an internal-affairs complaint against the officer(s)-in-question.
- The police have a duty to fairly, objectively and thoroughly investigate all internal-affairs complaints.
- All persons filing internal-affairs complaints have the right to courteous, professional and fair treatment by the police. A member of the public has the right to lodge a complaint regardless of the hour or day of the week. If the complainant cannot come to police headquarters, the police must meet the complainant at his/her home, work or other mutually convenient location. In the event the complainant is unable for some reason to meet in person with the police, the internal affairs complaint can be made via telephone, U.S. Mail or through e-mail. Reasonable steps must be taken to accommodate a complainant who does not speak English.
- A member of the public has the right to make his/her complaint anonymously. He/she does not have to be an American citizen to do so and cannot be required to produce identification or be accompanied by a citizen before a complaint will be accepted. The police cannot report a person to federal immigration officials in retaliation for the filing of an internal-affairs complaint.
- A juvenile has the right to file an internal-affairs complaint, with or without the presence of a parent or guardian.
- A complainant has the right to be kept informed of the status of their complaint as well as the outcome of his/her complaint at the conclusion of the police investigation.
If you want to lodge an internal-affairs complaint, please call the East Hanover Township Police Department at 973-887-0432 and ask to speak with Internal Affairs or a shift supervisor. If either of these are not available, all members of the East Hanover Township Police Department are qualified to take your complaint. You can also call the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office – Professional Standards Unit at 973-285-6200.
N.J. Attorney General Internal Affairs Policy and Procedures
Internal Affairs Complaint Form
Please visit, https://www.njoag.gov/iapp/ for Information Sheets and Internal Affairs Reports in different languages(Arabic, Chinese, Haitian, Hindi, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, & Vietnamese). The PD will accept these forms.
Contact EH Police Internal Affairs
Car Seat Installation
The East Hanover Township Police Department has several police officers trained as certified car seat technicians. These officers can assist you in the installation of a new car seat and inspecting a previously installed car seat.
Making an Appointment
Car seat inspections are conducted by appointment only and are solely for residents of East Hanover Township.
This service is conducted by appointment only and is free of charge.
If you are in need of an appointment please contact Police Headquarters at 973-887-0432 and request a child car seat installation appointment.
If you are not a resident of East Hanover Township please visit; Prevention Works | Northern NJ Safe Kids / Safe Communities (preventionworks-nj.org) to find the nearest inspection station or SeatCheck.org.
New Jersey Car Seat Laws
Children under age 2 and weighing less than 30 pounds must be secured in a rear-facing child safety seat that is equipped with a five-point harness.
Children ages 2 to 4 and weighing up to 40 pounds must be secured in a child-safety seat equipped with a five-point harness, either rear-facing (up to the height and weight limits of the seat) or forward-facing.
Children ages 4 to 8 and less than 57 inches tall (4-foot-9) must be secured in a forward-facing seat equipped with a five-point harness (up to the height and weight limits of the seat) or in a booster seat.
Children ages 8 to 17 must use the vehicles seat belt. The safest place for children under 13 is the back seat.
Project Medicine Drop
The East Hanover Police Department in partnership with the Morris County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency participates in Project Medicine Drop. Project Medicine Drop is a program designed to allow Township residents to properly and safely dispose of their unwanted or expired household medications. The Project Medicine Drop box is located in Police Departments Lobby at 2 Deforest Ave.
Please see the Project Medicine Drop pamphlet (PDF) for additional information.
How to Dispose of Medication
Residents can bring their unwanted or expired household medications even if removed from the original packaging but must be placed in a zip lock or similar type plastic bag to the Police Department 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to dispose of their unused and expired prescription medications anonymously and free of charge. The medications will then safely and properly be destroyed.
Syringe & Sharps Disposal
You must dispose of used, old, or expired sharps and syringes safely.You can find local safe sharps collection sites and helpful resources at SafeNeedleDisposal.org.
If you have further questions about sharps and syringe disposal contact the New Jersey Public Health Sanitation and Safety Program (Department of Health) at 609-826-4941.
Project Lifesaver is a public safety program that combines public education and technology to help officials quickly locate persons who may present a safety risk if they wander off on their own.
The Project Lifesaver program has been implemented by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to provide enhanced support and assistance to Morris County residents who are primary caregivers for an individual suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia disorder as well as families of children afflicted with Down syndrome, autism, traumatic brain injuries or cognitive impairments. The East Hanover Police Department works in conjunction with the Morris County Sheriff’s office in the case of a missing person and the activation of Project Life saver wandering.
Participants in the Project Lifesaver program wear a special wrist or ankle bracelet equipped with a small transmitter which emits a signal that law enforcement can track when someone goes missing. Search times have been reduced from days and hours, to minutes. Average recovery times are well under 30 minutes.
If you have any questions or interest in this program contact the East Hanover Police Department or the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.
If you are going to away from home, you can request that an officer make periodic checks on your residence while you are gone. If you are interested in this service, please complete a House Check Request form and turn it in at Police Headquarters.
The East Hanover Police Department along with the East Hanover Township Public Schools has teamed up to provide students an Anti-Drug program called L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Against Drugs). The L.E.A.D. program encompasses a 10-week program that collaborates with law enforcement and educators that provide leadership, guidance, and direction to students. L.E.A.D. officers deliver a comprehensive drug and violence prevention curriculum to the Townships 5th grade students.
The aim of L.E.A.D. is to educate the county’s youth about substance abuse. Its curriculum covers alcohol and drug resistance, violence prevention and anti-bullying. It goes beyond traditional programs, however, as the critical thinking, decision making and interpersonal skills it instills can be used in everyday life.
East Hanover Police Officers have completed 40 hours of L.E.A.D. instructor training in order to effectively administer the curriculum to the students. Each individual block of instruction provided to the students lasts approximately 45 minutes.
The core lessons that the L.E.A.D officers teach include the following topics:
Provide the children with accurate information about the dangers of Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco.
Teach children ways to resist drugs and violence while providing positive alternative to drug use.
Teach children the decision-making skills and the consequences of their behavior.
Build the students self esteem while teaching them how to resist the different types of peer pressure and to make responsible choices.
The L.E.A.D. program goal is to build solid emotional foundations, which will, in turn, lead to better decision-making later in the student's life. Additionally, there is an emphasis on recognizing the many subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with alcohol and drugs.
Firearms Application and Registration System (FARS) effective immediately
New and repeat firearm applications are being directed to logon to the following website: https://www.njportal.com/NJSP/fars to apply for an initial Firearms Identification Card (FID), amend their current FID Card or to apply for a Permit to Purchase a Handgun. Applicants must utilize the East Hanover Township Police Department’s ORI Code NJ0141000 when logging onto the FARS system.
Inquiries may be directed to East Hanover Police Department Firearms Unit at (973) 887-0432.
Firearms Application and Registration
Permit to Carry Application:
Voluntary gun registration
The Records Bureau maintains a record of all incident and motor vehicle accident reports for the police department. In addition, the Records Bureau assists the township prosecutor in preparing discovery for court each week. Records also updates the UCR statistic, handles requests for fingerprints, temporary handicap placards, solicitor applications, expungements and OPRA request. All requests for reports should be made through the records phone number or by going to the records window during normal hours.
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday 7:30am – 3:30pm
For Questions and/or Inquiries-
East Hanover Police Department
2 Deforest Ave., East Hanover, NJ 07936
Phone - (973) 888-6051
Email – email@example.com
Open Public Records Act request form
To obtain a Motor Vehicle Crash report / NJTR-1
Complete a Citizen Motor Vehicle Crash report
Permits & Forms
Temporary Handicapped parking permitSP-68.pdf (state.nj.us)
Application for No Knock registryThe Official Website of The Township of East Hanover, NJ - Index (easthanovertownship.com)
Peddlers or Solicitors license applicationTownship of East Hanover (easthanovertownship.com)
Vacant House Checkhttps://www.easthanovertownship.com/_Content/pdf/Vacant-house-check.pdf
Voluntary Surveillance Camera Registration FormVoluntary Surveillance Camera Registration Form
To report an anonymous tip, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973-887-0432. If you are reporting a crime in progress, or require emergency service, please dial 9-1-1 from a phone now.
Body Worn Camera
The Governor and the New Jersey Legislature has mandated the statewide use of Body Worn Cameras (BWC) for Law Enforcement Officers with the passage of P.L. 2020, c. 128 and 129. These two new laws now require the use of BWC by all “uniformed patrol officers” in the course of their duties, and provide the basic framework for the operation of BWCs and the handling of BWC footage.
In accordance with this legislation the East Hanover Police Department has added the Watch Guard body worn camera to the department’s current vehicle mounted Mobile Vehicle Recorder (MVR) system. These recording systems will work in conjunction with each other electronically recording audio and video while officers act in the performance of their duties. With the addition of the BWC it has enabled the department to meet the states mandate.
At the current time we are not accepting applications for the position of Crossing Guard.
At the current time we are not accepting applications for the position of Communications Specialist.
Street Light Outage
Call JCP&L's automated outage reporting line at1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877).
For faster service,use the phone number associated with your account and say “streetlight problem” after the greeting.
You can also report the incident on their website.