Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Fairfield Police Department located?

The Police Department is located at 230 Fairfield Road, at the corner of Fairfield Road and Hollywood Avenue. Exit Route 46 at Hollywood Ave and travel South to Fairfield Road. Easy access also available from I-80 West Exit 52 or I-80 East Exit 47B. Travel to Route 46 and then follow as above. For further information call (973) 227-1400.

For specific directions go to Google Maps.

What phone number do I call to reach the Police Department and Muncipal offices?

General Business 973-227-1400
Chief's Office 973-276-3501
Police Administration 973-276-3501
Investigations Division 973-227-9290
Records Bureau
973-276-3511 (NEW Hours are Mon, Wed, Thu - 8am-4pm)
Municipal Court/Violations 973-882-2713
Township Offices
973-882-2700








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How do I obtain copies of police reports?

Police Reports are available at the Records Division, inside the Police Building, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8am-4pm. The Records Division is closed on all Federal and State holidays. Please call (973) 276-3511 to be sure that your report is available prior to making your trip. There is a cost for all reports according to the type of report and its length. Ask the Records Division clerk when you call.
In accordance with the Open Public Records Act (OPRA), persons requesting copies of any records must complete a records request form which is available by downloading the following form: OPRA Form.

Does the Police Department offer fingerprinting services?

The Police Department no longer provides fingerprinting services for employment, background checks, immigration or any other non-criminal justice purpose unless the fingerprints are required for a Federal purpose or an out-of-state background check. This service is now done by Sagem Morpho, a New Jersey State Police vendor.

Fingerprinting services (Fairfield residents or Fairfield based businesses only) for a federal purpose or an out-of-state background check is by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please contact us at 973-227-9290.

All New Jersey related background checks (including residents/businesses) must go through Sagem Morpho after the appropriate form(s) above is selected.

For New Jersey fingerprinting forms click the appropriate category:

  • Good Conduct, Immigration, Naturalization, Personal Record, Visa, Expungement: 
FORM A
  • International Adoption Requiring Notarization, Foreign Business Requiring Notarization: 
FORM B
  • Employment (Response returned to APPLICANT): 
FORM C
  • Employment (Response returned to EMPLOYER): 
FORM D

For general information about this process click: NJ State Police Criminal History Record Checks

For appointment scheduling click: Sagem Morpho

Sagem Morpho, Inc.
601 Jefferson Road
Parsippany, NJ 07054

How do I pay or access my traffic ticket online?

You can visit NJMCdirect to securely access your traffic ticket information online.

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I receive calls from solicitors requesting donations for various police related associations. Are these legitimate ? Should I donate to these solicitors?

The Fairfield Police Department does not solicit over the telephone. The Police Department is a part of the West Essex PBA Local #81. The only solicitation done from the Police Department or PBA Local 81 is through the mail, usually once annually. Calls from all other "law enforcement" organizations are done by telemarketing firms. These solicitations DO NOT benefit the Fairfield Police Department or PBA Local 81 in any way. These telemarketers are not Police Officers and use high pressure tactics to get you to participate. Several of them will say their solicitations benefit Essex County Police Agencies.

We urge you to use extreme caution should you decide to contribute to these agencies. The only organization making money from this solicitations is the telemarketing firm. If you decide to contribute to any of these organizations, always ask for the name, address and telephone number so that you may call back after careful consideration. Most of them will not give out this information. You may also ask for financial statements and/or budget information prior to making your decision. If you have any questions, please direct them to the Police Department at (973) 227-1400.

Can I leave my vehicle parked in the street overnight?

Parking in the roadway is prohibited from 2am-6am, except Sundays. If for some reason you need to leave a vehicle in the roadway overnight, you must call Police Headquarters prior to 2 am and request permission. Permission will only be granted if there is no way to park a vehicle in your driveway or parking lot.

Who do I call to report problems with neighbors regarding property and/or zoning disputes?

Any civil disputes of this nature should be referred to the Zoning or Engineering Departments (973) 882-2700. The Police Department does not get involved in these types of civil matters.

Does the Police Department concentrate on certain roadways where speeding vehicles are a problem?

The Police Department's Traffic Division handles these complaints and problem areas. Police units are assigned to enforcement details in areas where traffic problems have been determined to exist. If you have a specific complaint, please refer it to the Traffic Division, Sergeant Paul Bowden at (973) 227-1400.

Are the use of headlights required when it is raining?

Yes. If you are using your wipers to clear precipitation from your windshield, you must have your headlights on.

False Burglar Alarm Ordinance

(Fairfield's Ord. 96-09). Ordinance 96-09 changes the fine structure for false alarms.

Fines are as follows:

  • Fines for false alarms now begin after the 2nd false alarm during a calendar year.
  • 3rd False Alarm $ 50.00
  • 4th & 5th False Alarm $ 150.00 (minimum) - $250.00 (maximum)
  • 6th & Subsequent Alarms $ 250.00 (minimum) - $1,000.00 (maximum)

Residents and businesses MUST register all burglar alarm systems with the Police Department. Applications are available Mon-Fri from 8am-4pm through the Chief's Office (973-276-3501). If you are planning to utilize a burglar alarm system contact Police Headquarters, after completing registration, for the special bank of alarm telephone notification numbers.

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