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Notice to Residents: February 21, 2024 Update from the Chief of Police

Residents,

A coordinated effort by local police agencies and County law enforcement has brought increased vigilance by the public to the plague of MV Thefts and residential burglaries.  Please see the Public Service Announcement below and remember to play your part in maintaining communal safety by locking all of your vehicles, removing key fobs, keeping you homes well lit and secure at all times.

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Stay safe!

Joseph Orlando
Chief of Police
February 21, 2024

Hiring Announcement: SLEO III

The Florham Park Police Department is currently seeking professional and qualified applicants for the position of Class III Special Police Officer. The Class III Special Police Officer shall perform safety and security duties at the Florham Park Public Schools.

Applicants will be required to submit a resume and complete an application. Applicants must apply on PoliceApp.com.  Applications are due by 11:59 P.M. on March 20, 2024. 

Minimum Qualifications:

The applicant must be:

    • A retired law enforcement officer less than 65 years of age, who:
    • Served as a duly qualified, fully trained, full-time officer in any municipality or county of this State or as a member of the New Jersey State Police, and;
    • Was separated from prior service in good standing, within three years of appointment to this position. The applicant must be able to produce a letter of good standing issued by the agency from which the officer retired that lists the date and type of retirement.
    • Applicant must be physically capable of performing the functions of the position, determined in accordance with the Police Training Commission. 
    • Applicant must possess a New Jersey Police Training Commission Basic Police Officer Certification or New Jersey State Police Academy Certification. 
    • Applicant must be a resident of the State of New Jersey and possess a valid New Jersey Driver’s License. 
    • Applicant must successfully pass a background investigation.

Any applicants offered a conditional offer of employment will be required to pass a medical exam, psychological evaluation, and drug screening.

Starting Salary for the Class III Special Police Officer will be $40.00 per hour and he/she shall work a schedule between 27.5 and 40 hours per week, and only when school is in session. Anticipated hours will be between 7:00am-4:00pm.

Following a resume and application review, qualified individuals will be contacted for interviews.

The Borough of Florham Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants shall be given full consideration.


Notice to Residents: January 31, 2024 Press Release

Notable Arrests for January 2024

Who has food bought with a stolen credit card delivered to themselves?  A 29 year-old male from East Orange, that’s who.  On 1/17/24, Officer Kyle Kepler took a report from a local restaurant where a victim (living in another state) had her stolen credit card used to purchase food and have the same delivered to a hotel in East Hanover, a hotel she stayed at in recent months.  Detective Jeremy Rachel took up the investigation and quickly identified a suspect who works at the hotel and used the victim’s card to have $88.91 worth of food delivered to himself at his job.  Det. Rachel secured enough evidence to arrest and charge the suspect and on 1/19/24, the suspect surrendered himself at our Police Headquarters.  He was charged with the following crimes and released on a complaint summons pending a Morris County Superior Court appearance:

• Credit Card Theft (fourth degree crime)

• Credit Card Fraud (third degree crime)

Turning yourself in for a crime?  Next time leave the drugs at home.  On 1/19/24 at 12:54 PM, Officer Greg Dietz took a report from a commercial property owner who was being harassed and threatened by a party who was denied being a tenant.  Following his investigation, the suspect, a 54 year-old male from Florham Park, later surrendered himself to Off. Dietz and Detective Tom Belli at Police Headquarters to be processed on his charges.  During his processing in our booking room, he was found to be in possession of several folds of suspected Fentanyl.  He was charged with the following crimes, served with a restraining order due to his violent, threatening, and graphic harassing communications, and transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a formal detention hearing before a Morris County Superior Court Judge.

• Terroristic Threats (third degree crime)

• Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance (third degree crime)

• Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (disorderly persons offense)

But that’s not all.  After the suspect was transported to jail, Officer Dietz and Det. Belli observed his vehicle in our police department parking lot and saw additional drug items on the driver seat as well as white powder on the center console and steering wheel.  A search warrant was later obtained through the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and during a thorough search of the vehicle, an additional 96 folds of suspected Fentanyl and 2 bags of suspected cocaine were found.  Subsequently, the suspect (having been released from jail) surrendered himself again at our Headquarters (minus the drugs this time) where he was charged additionally with:

• 2 counts of Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance (third degree crime)

• Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (disorderly persons offense)

Sorry for the cold food!  On 1/21/24 at 8:23 PM, Officer Mike Zvolensky was on routine patrol in the center of town when a random plate inquiry of a passing vehicle showed the registered owner to have an outstanding warrant.  He conducted a motor vehicle stop on Felch Rd and upon confirming the identity of the driver and the validity of the warrant, he arrested the driver, a 60 year-old female from Denville who had a $1,000 bail traffic warrant out of Denville Municipal Court.  After being processed at Headquarters, she was turned over to the Denville Police.  On a side note, the defendant was operating as an Uber Eats driver at the time of her arrest, and so as to not make our residents go hungry, Officer Alex Tredy completed her food delivery to a home on Summit Rd.  However, we think the food got cold and no, he did not get a tip 🙁

Later that same night, on 1/22/24 at 2:30 AM, while on routine patrol within the Borough, Officer Mike Zvolensky observed a vehicle idling on the shoulder of Passaic Ave at an odd angle and with the driver asleep behind the wheel.  After waking and then speaking with the operator of the running vehicle, a 53 year-old male from Florham Park, and after failing field sobriety tests, the male was arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.  After his vehicle was towed and he was transported to Headquarters for processing, the defendant provided a breath sample of 0.14% BAC (the New Jersey maximum legal limit is 0.08%).  The male was charged with the following motor vehicle offenses and one criminal offense before being released to a responsible adult:

• Driving While Suspended for Previous DUI Convictions – a Disorderly Persons Offense

• Driving While Intoxicated

• Driving While Suspended

• Careless Driving

• Reckless Driving

• Driving Without a License

• Failure to Install Interlock Device

• Excessive Idling

On 1/24/24 at 12:21 PM, a fitness facility in town reported two men persistently attempting to enter their facility without a membership and who they know to have been involved in crimes at other similar facilities in New Jersey, with a third known male waiting outside.  Officers Matt Liberato, Kyle Kepler, Anthony Negri, Sgt. Tom Ciasullo, and Lt. Brian Sampson responded both to the lobby and to check the parking lot for the third party.  The Officers located all 3 individuals, including a 23 year-old male from Maspeth, NY.  The vehicle the parties were operating was being operated with a license plate belonging on a “friend’s” vehicle; that vehicle was later impounded.  The male was found to have outstanding criminal and traffic warrants from Branchburg and Montvale and was arrested on scene.  After identifying the other males, a 15 and 21 year-old, they were released at the scene.  The 23 year-old was later released after satisfying his warrants with the 2 municipalities.    He was issued numerous motor vehicle summonses including:

• Improper Display of License Plates

• No Liability Insurance Coverage

• Failure to Produce documents (x2)

• Operating an Unregistered Vehicle

• Using a Counterfeit or Substitute License Plate

• Improper Use of an Out-Of-State Registration

• Failure to Have Inspection

All 3 males were advised by corporate they are banned indefinitely from all locations belonging to this fitness facility.

On 1/24/24 at 3:01 PM, Sgt. Tom Ciasullo, Off. Kyle Kepler, and Lt. Brian Ford responded to a business at 176 Columbia Tpk where a customer reported a highly intoxicated employee.  Upon the Officers’ arrival, the subject, a 22 year-old male from East Orange, was found to be highly intoxicated and under the influence of a then-unknown substance.  While speaking with the individual and attempting to arrange a ride for his consensual departure from his now-former job (employers tend to frown upon this behavior), he became violent and combative and needed to be physically restrained in the business.  He was placed under arrest and later charged with 1 count of Criminal Mischief for causing damage in the business and 1 count of Disorderly Conduct.  He was released at the scene but, due to his increasing erratic behavior and our evolving concern for his mental health, he was transported to a nearby hospital for further evaluation.  Both offenses are disorderly persons offenses and will be heard in Florham Park Municipal Court.

On 1/27/24 at 12:02 AM, Officer Dan Hedden was on routine patrol within the Borough when he observed a vehicle in front of him on Columbia Tpk that was unable to maintain its lane of travel and moving about 25 MPH below the posted speed limit.  He stopped the vehicle just prior to it entering the center of town and after speaking with the driver, a 29 year-old female from Roselle, he believed she was operating the vehicle while intoxicated.  Off. Michael Magliacano and Sgt. Jared Orgel supported as backup.  After unsatisfactorily performing field sobriety tests, the female was arrested and transported to Florham Park Police Headquarters for processing and her vehicle was impounded.  While at Headquarters, the suspect provided breath samples of 0.21% BAC – more than double the New Jersey maximum legal limit of 0.08%!  She was charged with the following motor vehicle offenses before being released to a responsible adult:

• Driving While Intoxicated

• Delaying Traffic

• Fail to Surrender a Suspended License

• Driving While Suspended

• No Liability Insurance Coverage

• Failure to Maintain Lanes

• Reckless Driving

• Failure to Possess Documents

And finally, Mommy knows best!  On 1/30/24 at 11:22 AM, a concerned citizen reported a male slumped over in a vehicle in the parking lot at 176 Columbia Tpk.  Officers Dan Braico, Nick Cotterell, and Anthony Negri responded and found the party, a 46 year-old male from Rockaway asleep in his vehicle with white powder residue visible directly in front of him in the vehicle.  After they woke him and determined he did not need medical attention, the male provided false information to the Officers about who he was.  This was made very clear when the suspect’s mother arrived and decided to tell us who her son really was.  He surely attempted to hide his identity because it was soon learned he had several outstanding warrants, including a no-bail warrant from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office for multiple Weapons offenses, a no-bail warrant from Denville for Resisting Arrest, and a $2,500 bail municipal court warrant out of Totowa for drug offenses.

The male was arrested at the scene and found to be in possession of suspected cocaine.  He was charged with the following crimes and offenses in Florham Park and upon processing completion, was transported to and lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a formal detention hearing before a Morris County Superior Court Judge.

• Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance

• Hindering Apprehension / Giving False Information

• Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

• Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Motor Vehicle

ALL PARTIES ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE IN COURT.

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Smart911 is FREE, and your information is secure, accessible only to a 9-1-1 call taker. This service can provide key information to responders that can make your family safer. For example:

  • Address Details: How to access your home, number of bedrooms, location of utility shut-offs, and if you live in a multi-family building;
  • Family Details: Number of residents, ages, photos of children, and your landline and mobile phone numbers;
  • Medical Information: Medical conditions of certain residents, medications taken/required, allergies, mobility of residents, and if special equipment is needed in an emergency;
  • Animals: A list of your pets, service animals and livestock, and their names so responders are aware of them as they enter your home. Also, include the name of your veterinarian;
  • Emergency Contacts: Family members, friends or neighbors to be contacted in case of an emergency;
  • Vehicles: Make, model and license plate number in case of a motor vehicle accident.

Residents can offer as much or as little information to first responders through Smart911 as they wish.

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Message from the Chief:

 

Community Members, another school year is upon us and as such, school and traffic safety are of paramount concern to the Police Department.  In an effort to maximize the safety of the Borough’s schools, we have hired and will be placing SLEO III Officers at each of the three public schools.  Those officers will work in accordance with statutorily mandated hours requirements, therefore their scheduling and presence in the schools will fluctuate.  

Our two full time School Resource Officers (SRO’s) will remain within the schools to maintain a presence, teach DARE/Anti-Bullying related curriculum and to continue to nurture relationships with the community’s youth.  Our patrol officers will continue to randomly visit all of the Borough’s schools on a daily basis for an additional layer of security.  The Police Department’s administration will continue to maintain a close working relationship with the Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools and all of the Principals in an effort to provide the safest environment for our school system.

Parking and speeding are always issues in and around the schools.  We will have several officers patrolling and enforcing speed, parking and other traffic related violations within the school zones and residential areas that surround the same.  We ask that all residents, especially those who will be driving to the schools, to obey the posted speed limits and to park in designated spots only.

Have a safe school year!!

Joseph J. Orlando
Chief of Police
Florham Park Police Department