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Police Department
HISTORY

 


North Plainfield’s Beginning

 

Nestled in the northeast corner of Somerset County lies the small borough of North Plainfield.  It is bordered on the northwest by the first ridge of the Watchung Mountains and, on the south and east, the Green Brook pro­vides a natural boundary between Union and Somerset Counties.  Rock Avenue, on the west, divides the towns of North Plainfield and Green Brook.

 

Flowing through the town are two main waterways, the Green Brook, as mentioned, and the Stony Brook. These two streams now quietly flowing through the Boro were once an important source of power and because of the rich, fertile soil along their banks many early settlers made this area their home.

 

Originally, Somerset County operated as a single township. In 1769, by Royal Charter, Bernards Township was formed out of the northern pre­cinct of the county.  On March 5, 1806, Warren was created as a separate township com­posed of the present day North Plainfield, Warren, Green Brook and Wat­chung.

 

On April 2, 1872, an Act of the New Jersey Legislature was passed, which divided North Plainfield Township from the Township of Warren. This new township included the towns of North Plainfield, Watchung and Green Brook.  The boundaries of this new township were set up in the Act, known as Assembly No. 113.  North Plainfield was set off from the Township in the year 1885, Wat­chung in the year 1926, and Green Brook in 1932.

 


North Plainfield Police Department

 

With the birth of the Borough came the birth of a Police Depart­ment.  In the beginning the depart­ment boasted a force of one. At that time the peace officer was known as Marshall. The first Marshall was Peter B. Weaver.  In addition to enforcing the law, the Marshall lit the gas street lamps every night. Prisoners were kept in a wooden jail located on Lincoln Place.

 

At one time police headquarters, with a court room and jail, were located in the Warren Engine Co. Fire Department at 223 Somerset Street. By 1916 the department moved to a building on the site of the Municipal Rotunda. In 1937 the department moved to its present quarters.

 

 

75 Pontiac Catalina
Lt Boylan on Bike
Kmosko on Trike

 

 

As the Borough grew the department expanded and modernized. By 1929 the force had no patrol cars or police radio. They used four motorcycles for the patrolmen who could drive. Those who could not drive used two bicycles. Early records reveal bicycle patrolmen were able to catch and ticket speeders driving automobiles.

A teletype machine was installed in 1954 allowing the department to receive police alarms. To send alarms, the department had to contact Morristown State Police. The same year the department purchased a radar speed timer. The pur­pose of radar is to eliminate the risks of chasing a speeder in a police car.

 

During the second term of Mayor Newton B. Smalley, Marshall George Weiss was appointed Police Chief.  The residents of the Borough can be proud of the progress made by the Police Department in the past one hundred years.  From a one man force to today’s modern efficient law enforcement agency.  The Force has grown to 48 sworn Officers with the assist­ance of 4 civilian dispatchers and 4 civilian employees.   

 

 

71 Plymouth Gran Fury

1996 Crown Victoria

 

June 21, 2004: North Plainfield Police Chief William Parenti announced the hiring of the Boroughs’ first Female Police Officer.  Sabrina L. Romasz age 24 of Franklin Township was sworn in at the Borough Council Meeting last evening.

2001 Crown Victoria

 
Groundbreaking

 

April 21, 2006: Groundbreaking for the New Municipal Complex.  Pictured in photo from left; Fire Chief William Eaton, Court Clerk Mary Petraglia, Director of DPW Jim Rodino, Prosecutor Wayne Forrest, Police Chief William Parenti, Borough Clerk Gloria Pflueger, Business Administrator Dave Hollod and far right Councilman Michael Giordano Jr.

January 18, 2006: The North Plainfield Police Department now has a new tool to aid in the prosecution of drunk drivers.  The Alcotest 7110 by Drager was put into use in North Plainfield on January 3rd of this year.  This machine will replace the Breathalyzer machine throughout New Jersey and uses state of the art technology.

December 14, 2006 : Chief William G. Parenti announced that on Thursday December 14, 2006 the North Plainfield Police Department became the first accredited police agency in Somerset County.  After the hearing, the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Accreditation Commission voted unanimously to award the North Plainfield Police Department the coveted Accredited Agency status.  Mayor Janice G. Allen said North Plainfield’s motto is “A Proud Community” and today the community has another reason to feel that way.  Chief Parenti thanked many people for making it possible for the Police Department to achieve accredited status.  Especially all the employees of the Police Department for seeing the value and complying with the standards.

 

March 5, 2008: Police occupy the new addition (photo on right).

October 15, 2009: Chief Parenti Announced that the North Plainfield Police will Participate in First Statewide Medicine Disposal Day in the Nation The Police Department will be hosting an Operation Medicine Cabinet New Jersey local collection site as part of the first statewide medicine disposal day in the nation.  The event will take place at Police Headquarters 263 Somerset Street, between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm on Saturday, November 14, 2009. This initiative, open to all residents, was organized to encourage local community residents to properly dispose of their unused, unwanted and expired medicine. The project was such a success that it is now a permanent collection site 24 hours a day 7 days a week. 

NewAddition

 

 

 


POLICE CHIEFS OF THE BOROUGH OF NORTH PLAINFIELD

       

Chief George WeissChief Weiss

Chief Martin KaneChief Kane

Chief Ralph FarmerChief Farmer

1st

2nd

3rd

Chief Paul ZanowicChief Zanowic

Chief Irving BennettChief Bennett

Chief Jack Ralli

Chief Ralli

4th

5th

6th

Chief Thomas DunneChief Dunne

Chief Gorden BaillieChief Baillie

Chief Alan StineChief Stine

7th

8th

9th

Chief Steven Davies  Chief Davies

Chief Laurence Van WinkleChief Van Winkle

Chief William G. Parenti  Chief Parenti

10th

11th

12th

NPPD Accreditation