Frequently Asked Questions
- Where is the Englewood Police Department located?
The Englewood Police Department is located at 75 S. Van Brunt St, Englewood NJ 07631. There is parking across the street from entrance and designated parking spots for “Police Business”.
- How do I obtain a copy of a police report?
Generally, police reports are completed between 3 to 5 business days. For Motor Vehicle Crash Reports, your report can be obtained via LexisNexis by using the link below.
You will need your report number, or the last name and the date of the incident, or last name and street location. For Criminal Reports, please contact the Detective Bureau via email at firstname.lastname@example.org at 201-568-4875. You will need to provide identification and the police report number in order to obtain a criminal report. For other reports, please contact the Records Bureau via email at email@example.com at 201-568-2731.
- Do I have to come to the police station to make a report?
Generally, you do not have to come into the police station in order to make a report, as long as you are in Englewood. However, if you are not in Englewood, most likely we will be unable to assist you with taking a report and you may have to go to the local police station. As always, if you are trying to report an emergency condition, call 911 immediately.
- Can I make a police report over the telephone?
No, all police reports must be made in person and no information can be taken over the telephone. We will take all information in regard to emergencies or reports of criminal activity, but a report will more than likely will not be generated in this manner.
- Can the police help me with a dispute with my landlord?
A dispute between a landlord and a tenant is a civil matter and therefore the police cannot intervene. The police will only keep the peace at the scene and explain to each party their rights in the situation and the proper avenues to resolve the dispute. Landlords are not permitted to “lock-out” a tenant or interfere with utilities. Evictions may only take place with due process of the court.
- What should I do if I'm pulled over by the police?
For many people, being pulled over by a Police can be an extremely stressful event.
If a Police car pulls in behind you while driving and activates its emergency lights and/or siren, you should pull over to the side of the road as soon as it is safe. Once you have pulled over, you should put the car in park and turn on the interior light. This is for your safety as well as the safety of the Officer.
You have to remember that although you know you are a decent, law abiding citizen, the Police Officer behind you has no idea who you are and will be naturally cautious as numerous Officers are hurt and even killed each year during "routine" traffic stops. When approached by the Officer, you will be asked for your driver's license, vehicle registration card and proof of insurance for the car.
If you need to enter the glove compartment to retrieve the documents, just tell the Officer what you are doing and proceed to get your documents when instructed.
In order to make the traffic stop as safe and pleasant as possible for all involved, here are a few tips:
• Do not make any sudden or violent movements.
• Do not suddenly conceal or hide your hands.
• Remain in the vehicle unless instructed to exit by the Officer.
As soon as the Officer has your documents, he/she will explain the reason for the traffic stop. The officer may give a verbal warning, a written warning or issue a traffic summons. If you have any questions, the Officer will attempt to answer them at the scene and will also provide you with the number for the Municipal Court which is located on the summons.
- If I want to report something that is not an emergency, do I call 911 or another number?
911 is for anything related to an emergency such as:
- A crime that is occurring at the present time
- A car crash
- A possible drunk driver
- Life threatening medical emergencies
Please call 201-568-2700 or 201-568-2711 for all non-emergency related calls such as:
- Offenses that occurred in the past
- Non-life threatening traffic concerns
- Non-urgent requests for police service
- Why does it take officers longer to respond to some calls than others?
Police response times are affected by several variables such as:
- The time of day the call is received
- The number of calls for service at any given moment
- The number of officers needed at a given call for service
- The urgency of the call
All requests for law enforcement service are assigned a priority based on the seriousness of the incident and the potential for injury or damage to property. At times, calls of less urgent natures must be delayed so that officers can respond immediately to emergencies. The Englewood Police Department makes every effort to arrive at your request for service as soon as possible. We thank you for your patience and understanding if you happen to call during one of those situations where the responding officer is delayed in responding to your call.
- Why don't I see more officers patrolling my neighborhood?
At any given moment in the day or night, there are more officers in your community that you can plainly see. Police officers in uniform driving our distinctive patrol cars which are only some of the officers working at any given time. The Englewood Police Department also has officers working in plain clothes and un-marked cars as well as administrative staff that supplement patrol officers when needed. In addition, uniformed patrol officers are often in your neighborhood at times when you would not necessarily see them, such as peak times of criminal activity which may be when you are at work or asleep. If any area or neighborhood begins to experience an increase of crime or becomes the victim of a specific crime trend, specialized units and resources will be deployed to deal with the problem.
- Why do the 911 operators ask so many questions when I call?
It is critical that 911 operators get as much information as possible from the caller in an order mandated by state law. Operators are trained to get as much information as possible in order to best determine the nature of the problem and it is seriousness. This is for the safety of the community and all the first responders. On emergency calls, the officer(s) or medical personnel are usually already in route while the call taker is still gathering additional information from the caller. That additional information is being radioed to the responding officer(s) while they are driving to the scene. We thank you for your cooperation in answering the questions necessary for the responding officers to best assist you with your situation.
- Can I call the police department to report a problem and still remain anonymous?
Yes, you can. There is no requirement to give your name or address when making a call to the police department. However, it is extremely helpful if the responding officer(s) has someone to contact either in person or by telephone to get more specific information to effectively address the problem. Many times officers respond to an anonymous service calls and cannot find the origin of the problem with the information provided, or the situation may change prior to police arrival. Officers have no way of knowing that. This can result in both frustrated citizens and officers.
However, the Englewood Police Department realizes that in some circumstances, a person may not want neighbors to know that they have called the police. Yet, something as simple as a telephone number by which to reach the complainant can make a significant difference in whether or not a situation is corrected or goes undiscovered or unidentified. Please inform the operator that you do not wish to be contacted in person, but an officer may call you if needed.
- Is there a waiting period before I can report somebody as missing?
This is a common misconception. The answer is NO! The moment that you are concerned about a person's whereabouts is the time to call. You can make a missing person report anytime you realize that someone is missing. In these cases, time is of the essence and the quicker the police department receives information, the better we can investigate to come to a positive resolution.
- Can I use 911 on my cellphone to report an emergency or an intoxicated driver on the road?
Yes! Calls to 911 from cellphones are free. However, please do not try to pursue an intoxicated driver or place yourself in any danger. Keep a safe distance from the suspected intoxicated driver. When you call 911, you will be asked to provide a description of the car, its location and direction. Police officers will be dispatched to the area and will take care of the rest. In addition, use a hands free device, unless there is an emergency.
- Can the Englewood Police Department help me if I lock my keys in my car?
Yes, we can assist but officers are no longer permitted to try and unlock your doors themselves. Vehicle doors are very complex and we do not want to damage your property. Please contact us at 201-871-2700 or 201-871-2711 and tell the dispatcher that you have locked your keys in your car. We will be able to provide you with the contact information to a local tow service which will be able to help. However, please note that tow service may charge you for the service.
- Does the police department ever contact citizens asking for donations over the phone?
No... Neither the Englewood Police Department nor legitimate police charities will ever contact you by telephone to ask for donations. Furthermore, the police department does not receive funds from any of the organization(s) that contacts you by telephone. NEVER give your credit card information to anyone who calls you on the telephone use caution when donating to charities without doing research.