Police Department

John Hearn, Chief of Police
Phone: (201) 991-6060 x132

Mission Statement

Our mission for the North Arlington Police Department is to protect and serve all the people in an efficient and professional manner and to enhance the quality of life while instilling a sense of security within our community.It is critical that all members understand and support the organization’s mission. Our mission is our legitimate basis for existence and the basis of our professional ethics, goals, objectives, rules, regulations, operating policies, procedures, and practices.Mission is functionally defined by the power established by legislated authority and the demands for service from our public. It is the direct and ultimate responsibility of the administrative head to interpret public demands and, within budgeted resources, provide for the best possible delivery or services.

The nature of public safety and security forces services are varied. Examples include but are not limited to: equal, equitable, and fair enforcement of laws; responding to calls for non-enforcement services; active patrol; security and protection of prisoners; public-relations contacts; and the personal demeanor, conduct and image of our personnel, on-duty as well as off-duty. These services, and the perception we create while engaging in these services, are functionally defined, made real and ultimately judged by the nature of activities we engage in as well as how we appear while engaged in such activities. In summary, our mission is to deliver a service as well as a perception of service, i.e, a feeling of safety and security.

Our mission is a contract with our citizens as well as an affirmation of their trust. A contract that each employee is charged with the responsibility to protect and promote. Failure to do so will lead to the loss of citizen empathy for our needs, result in public alienation, and eventually bring about the loss of the public’s confidence and our authority to exist.

Patch Collector’s Policy

Due to the cost and time involved in answering all of these requests and obvious homeland security concerns, the North Arlington Police Department regrets to inform you that we will not honor any requests for the departmental shoulder patches.We also ask that you refrain from sending any e-mail requesting patches, as it will delay our answering other e-mail inquiries in a prompt manner. Any e-mail received on this subject will not be replied to.Chief Louis M. Ghione thanks you for your cooperation in this matter.

Communications Division

The Communications Division is currently staffed by four (4) Full-Time Dispatchers and 1 Per Diem Dispatcher. The Dispatchers are responsible for answering all incoming phone calls for police, fire and medical assistance. Aside from answering these calls, they also direct units to various calls for service; operate local, county, state and federal computer systems; monitor a CCTV system; monitor all radio broadcasts and maintain a police records management database. The Dispatchers serve a vital role in the day to day operation of the police department.

Computer Division

The Police Department is currently outfitted with a state of the art records management system that records over 9,000 calls each year. This database has been compiling reports since 1984 and currently holds nearly 200,000 police reports.The Computer Division compiles monthly crime stats for dissemination to all officers for better community policing efforts.

Detective Bureau

The Investigation Division is responsible for the following functions:
Follow-up investigations of serious crimes and vice crimes
Preparation of cases for prosecution
Recovery of stolen property
Performance of all identification functions

Internal Affairs Division

Citizen Complaint Information

The members of the North Arlington Police Department are committed to providing law enforcement services that are fair, effective, and impartially applied. It is in the best interests of everyone that your complaint about the performance of an individual officer is resolved fairly and promptly.
Your complaint will be sent to a superior officer or a specially trained internal affairs officer who will conduct a thorough and objective investigation.You might be asked to help in the investigation by giving a detailed statement about what happened or providing other important information.All complaints against police officers are thoroughly investigated. You will be advised in writing of the outcome of the investigation.

If our investigation shows that a crime might have been committed, the county prosecutor will be notified. You might be asked to testify in court.

If our investigation results in an officer being charged with a violation of department rules, you might be asked to testify in a departmental hearing.

If our investigation shows that the complaint is unfounded or that the officer acted properly, the matter will be closed.

It is unlawful to provide information in this matter which you do not believe to be true.

You may call the INTERNAL AFFAIRS INVESTIGATOR at 991-4400, ext.5675 with any additional information or any questions about the case.

Traffic/Licensing Division

Instructions for Handgun Purchase Permit and Firearms Identification Card Applications

First time Firearms Identification Card and Handgun Purchase Permits:
1)     Complete application (S.T.S. 033 (Rev. 09/09)) click link @ NJSP.ORG  (you can fill in form on line and then print it out),  include all information and zip codes for references.
2)     Complete Consent for Mental Health Records Search Consent Form  (S.P. 66 (Rev. 01/15)) click link @ NJSP.ORG   – Part One only (you can fill in form on line and then print it out).   10 year history with 2 original copies.
3)     Call 201-955-5685  to submit your completed forms.
4)     At police headquarters your application will be reviewed for accuracy, completeness, and your supporting documents will also be reviewed with you. You will also receive the required paperwork at police headquarters to get fingerprinted from IdentoGo.
5)    Upon issuance, the cost of the Firearms ID card will be $5.00 check or money order and the cost of each Handgun Purchase Permit will be $2.00 check or money order.

Additional Handgun Purchase Permit (one per month by law) and Duplicate Firearm Identification Card:

1)     Complete application (S.T.S. 033 (Rev. 09/09)) click link @ NJSP.ORG (you can fill in form on line and then print it out), include all information and zip codes for references.
2)     Complete Consent for Mental Health Records Search Consent Form (S.P. 66 (Rev. 01/15)) clink link @ NJSP.ORG – Part One only from  (you can fill in form on line and then print it out).  10 year history with 2 original copies
3)     Call  201-955-5685 to submit your completed forms.
4)     At police headquarters your application will be reviewed for accuracy, completeness, and your supporting documents will also be reviewed with you. You will be given an instruction sheet on how to complete the (SBI-212A) on line form with the NJ State Police.
5)     Upon issuance, the cost of each handgun permit will be $2.00 check or money order.

ABC Licensing

Initial Borough ABC License needed for all: on premises owners, managers,
bartenders, bouncers, & waiters prior to employment in the establishment.

For an initial ABC License you must:
1.  Make an appointment by calling 201-955-5685 M-F 8 am-330 pm.
2.  Bring to your appointment identification with your name, date of birth, and address on it.
3.  Bring $25.00 in check or money order to your appointment.
4.  Bring a passport style photo to your appointment, and complete the ABC application.
5.  Obtain a Temporary ABC Receipt for employment at the establishment, until the investigation is complete and the ABC Card is issued.
6.  At your appointment you will receive an IdentoGo fingerprinting instruction form. You will need to make an appointment within 5 business days of receiving your Temporary ABC Receipt, and have your fingerprints taken within 30 business days.
7.  Make a copy of the form given to you at your appointment with the stapled receipt from IdentoGo and return it to Sgt. Reilly (by mail or leave at police desk in envelope addressed to Sgt. Reilly.
8.  The initial ABC license is valid for one year and will be issued after:
a) All fingerprints are checked and all paperwork completed. The ABC Card will be delivered to the establishment upon completion (this usually takes 1-2 months).
9.  Renewal of Borough ABC License needed for all: on premises owners, managers, bartenders, bouncers, and waiters one year from initial application of ABC License, and each subsequent year of employment at establishment.

For a renewal ABC License you must:

1.  Make an appointment by calling 201-955-5685 M-F 8 am-330 pm.
2.  Bring identification with your name, date of birth, and address on it.
3.  Bring a $25.00 check or money order.
4.  Bring a passport style photo and complete a new ABC application.
5.  At your appointment you will be given an instruction sheet on how to complete the (SBI-212A) on line form to the NJ State Police.
6.  After all checks and all paperwork are completed, the ABC Card will be delivered to the establishment and valid for one year (this usually takes 1-2 months).
Failure to follow the instructions may result in the temporary suspension or termination of your ability to work at the

Personal Identification

Limousine/Taxi License

  • $30.00 money order made payable to the State Police Division of SBI
  • If you have been issued a limousine license in the past year, an $18.00 money order payable to the NJ Division of S.B.I. in lieu of the $30.00 money order
  • $25.00 cash borough processing feePersonal identification/birth certificate and driver’s license
  • Medical clearance/doctor’s certificate
  • Proof of insurance

CANVASSING  click to view process !

FINGERPRINTING INFO  click to view process !

Miscellaneous Fees

  • Copies: First page to tenth page, $0.75 per page; Eleventh page to twentieth page, $0.50 pre page; All pages over twenty, $0.25 per page
  • $10.00 for record checks


Records is open Monday through Friday 7:30 to 3:30

The Department Records Bureau is comprised of full time personnel responsible for the collection, storage and dissemination of all police records and documents. Under the new Open Public Records Act, all citizens requesting copies of records must complete a request form. The form can be obtained online for easy completion.Some types of reports include: Traffic Accidents, Investigation Reports and Vehicle Releases.


SOU – Special Operations Unit

The Special Operations Unit (S.O.U.) is a unit of police officers who train and qualify with selected specialized weapons (in addition to the duty handgun and shotgun) and employ tactics directed to deal with special law enforcement situations that may present enhanced risks. Officers are trained to deal with these enhanced risk situations and to assume all of the various roles within the S.O.U. team concept. Additionally, these S.O.U. police officers in dealing with special law enforcement situations. The S.O.U. uses elements of High-Risk Police Concept skills and other Firearms Training Unit skills as outlined in FBI training in dealing with special law enforcement situations.Typical use situations of the S.O.U. are directed to any situation wherein prior training with duty and special weapons and the related tactics to their use enhances police officer safety, civilian safety and offender safety n an environment of higher risk or unusual circumstances. They include but are not limited to:

  • Enhanced risk warrant service or arrest situations
  • Search warrant execution or enhanced risk restraining order service and follow-up
  • Containment and crime scene security at Barricaded Subject incidents
  • Crime-in-progress interdiction and perimeter security
  • Team arrest (multiple offender, etc.) situations
  • Large scale public event utilization as arrest teams, crowd control, etc.
  • Strike or civil disturbance crowd control
  • Executive or dignitary protection
  • Cooperative investigations with outside agencies where S.O.U. capabilities are consistent with intended goals (i.e.) Bergen County Prosecutors Office, Narcotics Task Force, Bergen County SWAT

These situations can be dealt with solely by the S.O.U. or in concert with on-scene patrol officers, etectives and/or outside agencies.

Traffic Division

The North Arlington Police Department’s Traffic Division is committed to ensuring that traffic conditions throughout the borough are as safe and efficient as possible for motorists and pedestrians utilizing our streets and roadways on a daily basis. This is accomplished through continued inspection and maintenance of traffic control devices, warning and enforcement activities, public services such as child safety seat inspections and installations, and by providing educational information to community groups and students in our schools. For information call (201) 955-5685.

Pay Traffic Tickets Online

NJMCdirect – the fast, secure, convenient way to access your traffic ticket information online. Please have the following information ready:

  • your parking or traffic ticket
  • your license plate number
  • VISA or MasterCard (if you want to pay online). Any card that contains the VISA or MasterCard logo may be used on the NJMC site.


Common Questions About Handicapped Permit Parking


Q: Is a person with a wheelchair symbol license plate/placard required to deposit money when parking at a metered space?

A: Yes. When parking at a metered space, a driver with a disability placard/license plate must put the appropriate amount of money in the meter. If the vehicle will occupy the space for more than the maximum amount of time allotted on the meter, the driver must fill the meter to the maximum amount allowed. This will permit the vehicle to occupy the space for up to 24 hours without having to come back and refill the meter. A municipality may require the vehicle to vacate the space after 24 hours. (Note: metered parking is delegated to local municipalities by N.J.S.A. 39:4-197; The 24 hour limit is set forth in N.J.S.A. 394-207)


Q: I am borrowing my friend/spouse/relative’s car. Their vehicle has a wheelchair symbol license plate/placard, but the person they were issued to is not in the car with me. Am I allowed to park in a Handicapped Parking space?

A: No. The person who was issued the Disability Identification Card must be in the vehicle and the identification must be with the qualified person at all times as proof of disability.

This ID card, along with the corresponding wheelchair symbol plates/placard is for the sole use of the individual with a disability, and is non-transferrable. Abuse or misuse of this privilege will be cause for immediate revocation of the ID card. placard and plates and fines of at least $250.00. (C.39:4-205)


Q: Are there certain areas I am NT allowed to park, even though I have a wheelchair symbol license plate/placard?

A: A wheelchair symbol license plate/placard holder CAN NOT park in the following areas:

  • Striped access aisles next to accessible parking spaces
  • Parking meters without depositing a coin
  • Parking meters beyond a 24 hour period
  • Other areas prohibited by Law as outlined in C.39:4-138 (i.e. within an intersection, on a crosswalk, in any area appropriately marked “no parking,” within 50 feet of a “stop” sign, within 10 feet of a fire hydrant, etc)

If you have any additional questions or concerns in regard to Handicapped Permit parking, please feel free to contact the North Arlington Police Department (201-991-440).


Additional information also available on the State of New Jersey – Division of Disability Services website


(Click on the link “Guide to Accessible Parking” located on the right side of the page, listed in the Related Links box)