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Rahway Police Explorers learn life-saving skills



Rahway Police Explorers Post #31 in training for CPR on 1/28/2015. Left to right: Explorer Anthony Service, Explorer Phillip Schroeder and Explorer Markeytah Johnson. For more information on the Rahway Police Explorer Program contact Detective William Eicholz at (732) 827-2079

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


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Collection program addresses growing problem of prescription drug abuse & concerns about improperly discarded medicines harming the environment

Rahway – The Rahway Police Department is implementing a free medicine-collection program for Rahway residents to safely dispose of unwanted, expired or unused medicines.
The collection site box provided by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs allows the drop off of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as pet medicines.

Medicines from households are accepted 24 hours per day, 365 days a year at the Rahway Police Department lobby located at 1 City Hall Plaza Rahway ,NJ 07065.

“The drop-off program is a free, anonymous, no-questions-asked initiative that prevents drug
abuse and theft by ridding our homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs and medicines.” said Rahway Police Chief John M. Rodger.

“Unused medicine left in the home poses health and safety threats, and improperly disposed of medicines can end up in our water system and streams, and harm wildlife”, said Rahway Mayor Samson Steinman. “This year-round collection program helps prevent crime and protects the environment”, the Mayor added.

“Most teens who abuse prescription drugs get them from family and friends, straight from their home medicine cabinet.” according to Rahway Municipal Alliance Coordinator President Andrea Zapcic. “Painkillers, depressants, stimulants, and over-the-counter cough medicines are the medicines most often abused. These are the most important drugs to remove from your home if they are unwanted, expired or unused.” Ms. Zapcic added.

According to a 2011 National survey on drug use and health, more than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs. Nationally, every day approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time, according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.

Please keep medicines in their original container when utilizing the drop-box. If possible, please cross out any personal information on the prescription bottle, and place the bottle in a clear plastic baggie. Please note that the drop-off site is for individuals only. No medicines will be accepted from businesses, healthcare facilities, pharmacies, medical offices, or veterinary clinics. The drop box cannot accept syringes.

If you need additional information, please visit the Project Medicine Drop website at The website is loaded with information on the best ways to dispose of unused medications, and ideas on how to safely store medications within the home.

For more information on the City of Rahway Medicine Project Program please contact Detective William Eicholz at (732) 827-2079 or

Photo Caption: Rahway Police Department personnel receive their Project Medicine Box from the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs. left to right : Rahway Municipal Alliance Coordinator Andrea Zapcic, Detective William Eicholz, Chief John. M. Rodger, and Douglas S. Collier- Drug Initiative Coordinator & Law Enforcement Officer- NJ Office of the Attorney General/ Division of Consumer Affairs.

RSI Bank Supports Rahway Police Department

RAHWAY, NJ – The Rahway Police Department has once again joined forces with RSI Bank in an effort to increase community safety. RSI Bank has generously donated $10,000 to the Rahway Police Department as part of their on-going effort to support the police department and the citizens of Rahway. The donation will be utilized to fund and enhance the department’s disaster preparedness capabilities. The Rahway Police Department is committed to providing top quality services to the citizens of Rahway. During the past year, the police department has increased communication abilities by utilizing various social media sites, adding a state of the art digital messaging board, and a new AM Radio station that will help expand communications during times of emergency. These resources will supplement the Nixle and Union County First Alert systems, which uses cell phone and email notifications to keep residents informed. Additionally, we are working diligently to enhance the police department’s website, so that citizens can easily access information from the comfort of their own homes. It is with the constant support and generosity of local businesses such as RSI Bank that we are able to continuously meet the needs of our community. The Rahway Police Department would like to thank RSI Bank for their unending generosity and support.


Pictured (from left to right): Det. William Eicholz, RSI Senior Bank Branch Administrator Brian Dwelle, RSI Bank Vice President of Corporate Communications Sonya Solenske, and Det. Captain Joseph Simonetti.

Rahway Police Department Unveils New Digital Community Notification Sign

Rahway, NJ - Mayor Samson Steinman is happy to announce the installation of a new digital messaging system located on East Milton Avenue in front of the Rahway Police Department’s main entrance. This new digital messaging system will be used on a daily basis for routine community messages, but will also be used to update the public with critical information during times of emergency.

In the near future, additional messaging systems will be installed in other areas of town in an effort to expand the reach of this system. Mayor Steinman states, “I’m excited to announce this new system, which will work in tandem with our new AM Radio station to expand our reach to the citizens of Rahway in times of emergency. These additional resources will supplement Nixle and Union County First Alert, which are our existing cell phone and email notification systems, and allow us to maximize our ability to keep Rahway residents informed.”

This message system was made possible by a generous donation received by RSI Bank, and local businessman, Bernard Burkhoff, who continue to be in the forefront of supporting the needs of our community. “It is comforting to know that RSI Bank and Mr. Burkhoff are always there to help us when there is a project that needs to be completed. They are true community partners”, said Mayor Steinman. Rahway Police Chief John M. Rodger stated, “We are happy to have a new sign to replace the old one that was damaged beyond repair. It’s an added benefit that the purchase of this sign did not impact the tax payers at all. The digital sign will be used daily for routine community messages, but in emergencies it will be used to provide important information to our residents.”

The Rahway Police Department would like to thank RSI Bank and Bernard Burkhoff for their continual support. We would also like to acknowledge and thank Rahway Public Works Director Michael Smalling and his staff for their assistance in installing the new sign.


Photo Caption: Chief John M. Rodger unveils the Rahway Police Department’s new digital community notification sign.

Pictured above (from left to right): Bernard Burkhoff, Rahway Police Chief John M. Rodger, RSI Bank Corporate Communications Administrator Stephanie Allman, RSI Bank Corporate Communications Administrator Brenda Montalvan, Rahway Police Captain James Connolly.

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 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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