• You can contact the Rahway Police Department at any time of the day or night by calling 732-827-2200 for non-emergencies. Please dial 9-1-1 for EMERGENCIES ONLY.
  • Reports for lost wallets, cell phones, license plates, driver’s licenses, and passport must be made in person at the Rahway Police Department, which is located on the corner of East Milton Avenue and Main Street (1 City Hall Plaza). If you are reporting a lost or stolen cell phone, you must provide the serial number and carrier information.
Suspicious activities can refer to incidents, events, individuals or circumstances that seem unusual or out of place. Some common examples of suspicious activities include: A stranger loitering in your neighborhood or a vehicle cruising the streets repeatedly; someone peering into cars or windows; a high volume of traffic going to and coming from a home on a daily basis; someone loitering around schools, parks or secluded areas; strange odors coming from a house or building; open or broken doors and windows at a closed business or unoccupied residence; screaming or fighting; strangers removing license plates or loading valuables into vehicles from a residence even if the moving truck looks legitimate.

When reporting suspicious persons, provide as much detail as possible. Start with the basics and get more specific. One reliable method to consistently make good suspect descriptions is to begin at the head and work your way down. For example: “He was a white male with blonde hair and glasses. He was wearing a brown shirt, blue jeans and sneakers.”

Here is a list of items you can describe when providing a suspect description: Sex, race, approximate age, height, weight, hair color and style (long, short, etc.), glasses, skin tone, general appearance (well groomed, dirty), clothing description (color of pants, shirt, shoes, jewelry, glasses, hats, etc.), scars, tattoos, and if you spoke to the person – their speech (accent, slurred). If the person left the area take note of their direction of travel.

When reporting suspicious vehicles, provide as much information as possible about the vehicle such as the make, model, color, approximate year (older model, newer model), license plate (and state) its occupants, or any identifying characteristics (dents, bumper stickers, lettering, etc.),and direction of travel.

When reporting locations of suspicious activities, provide as much information as possible. An exact location and specific address is always best. If not, is there an identifiable landmark nearby (store, restaurant, cross street, etc.)?

“If you see something, say something”. This is a good rule to follow! Never assume that the information you have is either trivial or insignificant, or that someone else has already reported it to the police. Many crimes are solved when information is gathered from multiple sources, and is evaluated collectively by the police department. They become parts of the puzzle that may lead to the successful conclusion of an investigation. When in doubt—call the police. You are the additional “eyes and ears” of law enforcement.

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.
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.
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.
Copies of police reports can be obtained by completing an OPRA request form.  Completed forms can be emailed to records@rahwaypolice.com, mailed to our Records Bureau, or faxed to 732/382-6113.   Copies of accident reports can be obtained utilizing Crash Docs.  Please note that it can take up to 10 business days for the reports to populate in Crash Docs.  If you have questions about obtaining police reports, please contact our Records Bureau at 732/827-2141, or at records@rahwaypolice.com .  The Records Bureau is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Records is closed on weekends and holidays.
Managing Winter Storms FAQ

This information is being provided to help address some of the inquiries we receive during winter storms.

Do I have to move my car off the street during a snow storm?
If you live on a snow emergency street you are required to move your vehicle during a snow storm to allow our Public Works Department to clear the roadway. Snow emergency streets are generally cleared first to allow for emergency vehicles to be able to provide services to our community.

What are the Snow Emergency Streets?
Snow Emergency Streets are listed under City Ordinance available online at this link. https://www.ecode360.com/9586333?highlight=snow#9586333

Why is my street not on the Snow Emergency List?
It is not practical for every street to be designated a Snow Emergency Street. Streets are designated because they are deemed essential to delivering emergency services or because they would be impossible to plow with vehicles parked upon the street.

Where do I move my car?
That is a great question and one not easily answered, and ideally is something you would plan for in advance. Is there a nearby street that is not designated for Snow Emergencies? Is there a neighbor, friend, or business nearby with a driveway or parking lot that may give you some consideration? We cannot authorize the use of private parking lots as has been suggested by some, and the Parking Authority lots are generally filled during the week and also need to be cleared of snow. We have allowed parking in municipal lots in the past such as Hamilton Stage, but that creates its own issues. Parking lots generally aren’t plowed like a street, but require loaders and dump trucks to haul away snow, which is labor intensive and time consuming. The bottom line is that it is the vehicle owner’s responsibility, but we have never ticketed or towed a vehicle where an owner was actively trying to mitigate the situation.

How are we notified when to move our cars?
The ordinance provides that if the road is snow covered and the street is posted for Snow Emergencies that vehicles must be moved, and no other notification is mandatory. However, we do utilize Nixle, Facebook, and Twitter to make advanced notifications and reminders. Nixle is the ideal notification system and you can sign up at WWW.NIXLE.COM. In addition, officers often broadcast over the police vehicle public address system that vehicles must be moved, and give adequate time for vehicles to be moved.

Are vehicles towed if they are not moved during a Snow Emergency?
The ordinance provides that vehicles can be towed from Snow Emergency Routes, but as a practical matter it just isn’t possible in most circumstances. Impounding of a vehicle requires the direct actions of a police officer to facilitate the towing procedures. Essentially, we are taking custody of that vehicle and the condition of the vehicle needs to be inventoried as part of the process, which is time consuming. This would need to occur in the middle of the snow emergency while other emergencies are pending, and emergencies must take priority. During the last storm on January 4, 2018, the Rahway Police Department handled 250 calls for service in 24 hours including 10 Medical emergencies and numerous accidents.

I don’t see a ticket on a car parked on a Snow Emergency Route?
There are several answers to this question, first and foremost being that it may be on the vehicle but covered with snow. The officer may have also hand delivered the summons or placed it in the mailbox of the registered owner. Officers can also issue the violation and have it mailed to the registered owner. During the last Snow Emergency over 140 violations were issued, and vehicles that still remain are being addressed. Vehicles that are on streets not designated as Snow Emergency but remain snow bound are addressed after 48 hours.

What should I do if there is a car on my street that hasn’t moved?
If a car hasn’t moved please call and make a report. The matter will be addressed as soon as we can possibly get to it, but remember that emergency situations take precedence. Social Media is a great tool for getting information out and we rely on it for public notifications, but we DO NOT MONITOR social media for complaints of any nature. All non-emergency requests or complaints should be made to our business line at (732)827-2200 and EMERGENCIES ONLY should call 9-1-1.

I shoveled out a spot for my car and someone else parked in it?
Any spot on a public street is free to be parked upon by any vehicle as long as it is within posted restrictions. We frequently get calls for such occurrences, and while we may agree that it is inconsiderate for someone to park in a spot you may have cleared, it is completely legal. Frequently people put chairs, cones, or other items in a spot they have cleared, which is not permitted. We urge the public not to engage in arguments over such matters and to please call us if an issue occurs. Please understand that we cannot require someone to move their vehicle from a public street as long as it is legally parked regardless of who may have cleared the parking spot.

We hope this helps you better understand how the Rahway Police Department handles snow emergency response and recovery. If you have any questions regarding parking situations please call our Traffic Division at (732)827-2073.

The City of Rahway is a Civil Service Department of Personnel municipality. As such, police recruits are selected from a Department of Personnel list that is issued following a written exam. Additional information can be found using this link to the NJ Civil Service Commission (https://www.nj.gov/csc/seekers/jobs/safety/).

Occasionally, we also hire certified police officers from other police agencies through the Intergovernmental Transfer Program. This program allows police officers from other Department of Personnel communities to transfer into the Rahway Police Department provided that both Chiefs of Police are in agreement. Any current police officer that is desirous of transferring into the Rahway Police Department should send a letter of interest along with a resume to the Rahway Police Chief.

Citizens who feel an officer has performed his or her duties in a particularly courteous, helpful or competent manner may express their appreciation in a number of ways.

  • Send an email to neighborhoodwatch@rahwaypolice.com
  • Write a letter to the officer or to the Chief of Police:
    Chief John Rodger
    Rahway Police Department
    1 City Hall Plaza
    Rahway, NJ, 07065

Please include the officer’s name and badge number, if possible, and some details about the experience.