Current News and Press Releases



Current News and Press Releases

Operation Take Back

The Rahway Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New Jersey Division, will be hosting Operation Take Back New Jersey April 26, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Rahway Police Department lobby located at 1 City Hall Plaza is where citizens can properly dispose of their unused, unwanted or expired medications.

The goal of this program is to provide citizens with the opportunity to rid their homes of those medications by turning them into law enforcement officials. Those officials will in turn dispose of the medications in a safe, non-hazardous manner, preventing these pills from falling into the hands of our children or drug traffickers.

This program is anonymous; therefore, all efforts will be made to protect the anonymity of individuals disposing of medications. No questions or requests for identifications will be made.

Medications being disposed of in its original container should have the prescription label removed if it contains any personal identifying information. Liquid products, such as cough medicine, should remain sealed in their original container, ensuring that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage. Syringes or any other sharp instruments will not be accepted.

Last year the Rahway Police Department turned in over 100 pounds of Prescription medications. For more information of the program please contact Detective William Eicholz at (732)827-2079 or

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Rahway Police Auxiliary now accepting applications


Want to make a difference?


Have you been thinking about doing something for your community?  Are you interested in learning about law enforcement?


Become an auxiliary police officer! 


What is the auxiliary police?  Auxiliary police officers are 100% volunteer men and women who want to serve their community.


Auxiliary police officers have full police powers when working, are considered peace officers and have the opportunity to do many different things.   They can direct traffic, perform crowd control, respond to emergencies, such as flooding, perform regular patrol functions, ride along with regular police officers on patrol and many other things, once they complete the Auxiliary Police Academy.


Training is done at John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains.  The training runs for approximately three months and covers everything from traffic control to self-defense, CPR, basic first aid, use of force and physical conditioning.  It is also a great introduction for those thinking of law enforcement as a career.


So what do I need to do?


An applicant needs to be a United States Citizen, at least 18 years old, have a clean driving license and no prior arrest history.


Also, you should reside in town, unless the town you live in does not have a police auxiliary program (under 5 miles from the City of Rahway).


An Auxiliary Police Officer is expected to work a minimum of eight hours per month.  There are many opportunities to work more hours with various details.


Training will continue once you complete the academy. It varies, but has included such things as ICS (incident command system) HazMat (hazardous materials) familiarization and training as part of Rahway's CERT (Community Emergency Response Team.)


There is a rank structure as in the regular police department from corporal to chief.  Promotions may be earned by those who work hard, participate, gain experience over time and exhibit leadership.


There is fellowship, friendship, a chance to learn new skills, become a for multiplier for our police department and a way to give back to your community.  If this sounds interesting to you-gives us a call!


Remember this thought-

Volunteers are unpaid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.




For further information call
Detective William Eicholz at:

Phone:  732.827.2079



Rahway Police open new 9-1-1 Emergency Dispatch Center


RAHWAY, NJ - Mayor Samson Steinman is pleased to announce the opening of the Rahway Police Department’s new 9-1-1 Emergency Dispatch Center. Replacing an antiquated system, this new equipment includes state of the art mapping technology that will help to improve emergency services to the citizens of Rahway. The mapping system will enable 9-1-1 dispatchers to pin-point a caller’s precise location, including calls made while using a cell phone. This is an invaluable tool that will help police to quickly locate a person in need of emergency assistance.

The mapping technology utilizes a “real time” plotting system that is highly visible on a mapping screen located in the dispatch center. The new software also has language translation capabilities that will allow the police to better serve Rahway’s diverse community. Additional features include a redundant back up system, and an emergency power supply that will allow the center to function during power outages. Other renovations include a completely redesigned call center that boasts of ergonomic furnishings to better accommodate new technologies, and an enhanced encrypted radio system that complies with Federal standards. Mayor Steinman states, “I am fully committed to providing the best possible resources for our citizens in all facets of our municipal government. This includes upgrading our parks, a new and much needed fire engine, and this state-of-the-art dispatch center. These improvements will help us provide better emergency services to our citizens when they need assistance form the Police Department, Fire Department, or Emergency Medical Services.”


Rahway Mayor Samson Steinman looks on as Sgt. Walter Wronski demonstrates state of the art mapping technology in the new Rahway Police Department 9-1-1 dispatch center.

The Rahway Police Department will conduct the 13th annual Youth Police Academy on June 23, 2014 to June 27, 2014

The Youth Police Academy is designed to provide young adults with a better understanding of police in today’s society. This academy will expose cadets to some of the training, procedures and technology utilized by police officers in order to provide the tools necessary to form objective opinions regarding police action. Any City resident between 11 and 15 years of age can apply. Click here to download an application. Space is limited so please submit applications before June 2, 2014.

For more information please visit our Youth Police Academy page or contact Sgt. Rodger at 732/ 669-3612.

RSI supports Rahway’s First Responders

Members of The Rahway First Aid Squad and Rahway Police Department received a donation in the amount of $10,000 from RSI Bank. Presenting the check from RSI Bank was Donald Godfrey Senior Vice President of Lending and RSI Vice President of Branch Administration Sonya Solenske. These donations will assist in the funding of disaster preparedness capabilities in The City of Rahway.


Photo Caption: R/L Mike Ratai- Rahway First Aid Squad, Sonya Solenske -RSI Bank, Captain Joseph Simonetti -Rahway Police Department, Donald Godfrey -RSI Bank, Steve Weber -Rahway First Aid Squad.



The Rahway Police Department has joined the popular social networking sites Facebook and Twitter to more effectively provide timely information to the community.

The Facebook and Twitter pages will have information on recent news releases, department events, road closures, emergency information, severe weather alerts, along with other programs and services offered by our department. Twitter users can follow us at, and Facebook users can “like” us at to receive updates as soon as they are posted.

“The Rahway Police Department understands the public’s desire to stay informed on events in their community, especially when emergency conditions exist. Utilizing social networking is just another way for the Rahway Police Department to help keep residents informed on what’s going on in their neighborhoods.” said Rahway Police Chief John Rodger.

We will also continue to use the Nixle notification system, which provides real time notifications through email and text messaging to the public free of charge. In order to receive Nixle alerts, users must register at

Rahway Mayor Samson Steinman whole-heartedly supports these efforts. “During the power outage resulting from Superstorm Sandy, communication with citizens proved difficult. These steps being undertaken by the Rahway Police Department are a continuing effort to be able to inform our citizens of events occurring in their community.

Additionally, the Rahway Police Department will be utilizing “door hanger” tags to notify residents of important incidents. The door hangers alert residents that the police are investigating an incident or suspicious activity in their neighborhood. Residents can call the police department “TIPS” Line at 732/ 388-1553 (confidential) with information about crimes and suspicious activities. They can also email us at



The Rahway Office of Emergency Management have partnered with The Disaster Resistant Communities Group to provide information and training for disaster planning and preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation video training. This training is free to the Rahway Community. This information can be viewed at link listed below.






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