|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
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
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
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
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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