Helpful Phone Numbers

Police, Fire,
Medical Emergencies Dial 9-1-1

Police Non-Emergency Dial
(732) 827-2200

"TIPS" Line
(732) 388-1553

Detective Bureau
(732) 827-2110

Records Bureau
(732) 827-2143

Complete Phone List


1. How do I report a crime?

If the crime is in progress, call 9-1-1 immediately. Be prepared to provide the exact location of the event and give as many details as possible. Such details would include, if possible, a description of the actors, if any weapons were observed, a description of a motor vehicle and the condition of the victim.

If the information you have pertains to a crime that has already been committed or the whereabouts of a person wanted for a crime, please call our TIPS line at (732) 388-1553. Callers will remain anonymous.

2. How do I check on the status of a case that has been assigned to a detective?

Please call the detective assigned to the case directly. If you are unsure of the detective assigned to your case or have been unable to reach that person, please call the detective bureau at (732) 827-2110 for assistance.

3. What exactly do detectives do?

Detectives investigate crimes or incidents assigned to them by their respective supervisors. They respond to crime scenes, collect evidence, interview witnesses and victims. They conduct interrogations when suspects have been identified with the goal of arresting the actor. Detectives may also investigate suspicious activity that they have uncovered through the use of informants or anonymous information.

4. Are all crimes and incidents assigned to a detective for a follow-up investigation?

No, this would not be possible. There are a number of factors that determine whether or not a case is assigned to a detective. Some of these “solvability” factors include the seriousness of the crime, how recently was it reported, the amount or absence of physical evidence, the amount of information readily available pertaining to a possible suspect and the availability of departmental resources.

5. How can I get a police report?

Copies of police and accident reports can be obtained at the Records Bureau from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Some police reports cannot be released without a letter of discovery. If the police report pertains to an arrest, please call the Records Bureau at (732) 827-2143 during business hours to check if the report in question can be released.

6. The City of Rahway, the Board of Education and the State of New Jersey require an applicant to be fingerprinted for certain permits, licenses or employment opportunities. What is the procedure when fingerprinting is required?

Fingerprinting is only done on Wednesday mornings between the hours of 9:00 AM and 12 Noon. Appropriate paperwork must be completed, and accompanied with the appropriate fee, and brought to the Records Bureau before the fingerprinting will take place.

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