Garwood Police Alerts and Updates
The Garwood Police Department
Phone: 908-789-1500

Current updates and alerts for the Borough of Garwood


403 South Avenue 
Garwood, NJ 07027
Chief James Wright
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Garwood Police Alerts and Updates

Fall Is In The Air

by Garwood Police Department on 10/27/16

Autumn has arrived and the temperatures are dropping.  So as you set your clocks back on Sunday November 6th please remember the following safety tips:

  • Change the batteries in your smoke / CO2 detectors.
  • Be careful walking & driving on wet leaves 
  • The sun is lower in the sky - be prepared for sun glare when driving.
  • Keep a close eye on your fire pits and always use the spark screen.
  • Detach and drain garden hoses. 

The annual Lions Club Halloween Parade will be held on Monday the 31st at 7:00pm.  Center Street will be closed to traffic from Willow to South at 6:00pm.  Participants will gather on Center in the area of Houghton Plaza (Municipal Lot #1) at 6:30 and the parade will begin at 7pm sharp heading toward Lincoln School for the costume judging contest.  Center street will be reopened immediately after the parade clears the area.

There are no set hours for trick or treating - common sense prevails.  Please be respectful of your neighbors and their property.  Cross at corners where cars expect you to be and wear brighter costumes with large eye holes.  Masks should be removed when entering any business and please refrain from wearing any "creepy clown" costumes.  The Garwood Police will be out and visibly, looking after your kids and for those ghouls who might be out doing mischief.  Be aware and "Quote the Raven - Nevermore"!

OPERATION TAKE-BACK 10-22-2016 10:00-4:00

by Garwood Police Department on 10/19/16

The Garwood Police Department will again be a drop off location for this initiative. All unused prescription medications can be dropped off for safe disposal on Saturday, October 22nd 2016 at Garwood Police HQ.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Mosquito Spraying

by Garwood Police Department on 09/01/16

Please be advised: Union County will be spraying for mosquito's tonight 9-1-16 between 7pm and 12:00 am in the area of Hickory Avenue.  This is part of on going efforts throughout Union County.

County To Make Improvements at South Ave. & Center St.

by Garwood Police Department on 09/01/16

In March of 2014, Union County advised Garwood that they intended to make improvements to the intersection of South Avenue and Center Street. 

The project will include new arced traffic poles painted black to match our decorative street lights located in our business districts.   The traffic lights will have non reflective backing plates so that the lights can be seen better from all directions and at all times of the day.  The stop lines in the left turn lanes NB & EB will set back further to allow better navigation by larger trucks.  Each light will have battery back-up to allow for power outages and all the wiring will be upgraded. 

Planning and meetings continued through 2014, 2015 and into 2016.  On Monday August 22nd this work finally began.  The project is expected to take approximately 30-45 days.   At least one officer will be on site daily while work takes place, for the duration of the project.  The Garwood Police will also assist our School Guards to ensure the safety of our kids while walking to and from school.  We apologize for the short notice and appreciate your patience and added caution while this work takes place. 

Summers Here & So Is the Heat

by Garwood Police Department on 07/06/16

The hazy hot and humid days of summer of 2016 have arrived.  The Garwood Police Department would like to remind residents to take pro active measures to protect yourself from heat related health issues.  Resident s who do not have access to air conditioning, may come to Borough Hall and cool off.  Bathrooms and water are available and this is a great time to visit with members of the Police Department or take a tour of your Police Headquarters. 

The following are some tips and reminders  for residents to "breeze" through these warmer days: 

  1. Heat Stroke in Vehicle:  Every 10 days, vehiclular heat stroke kills a child in the United States.  Animals are unfortunately victims too.  Please remember not to leave children or animals in your vehicles for any amount of time, unattended or while parked.  It only takes a few minutes.
  2. Dress in loose, lightly colored clothing.  Limit outdoor activity
  3. Set AC units on 72 to maintain a comfortable and economical temperature.
  4. Pull shades and curtains shut to keep daily sun out and interior temperatures cooler.
  5. Drink plenty of water.
  6. Cool body temperature down with cool showers.
  7. Use ceiling and floor fans to move the air in your home and be sure to keep cords out of travel paths. Don't overload sockets.
  8. Cook outdoors on the grill during the evening hours when the sun is not as strong if possible.  Compliment your BBQ's with salads & non cooked items.
  9. Less electrical use will lower the community draw and lower bills.
  10. Check on neighbors and the elderly

Call 911 for any emergency and enjoy a safe and happy summer!

SCHOOLS OUT - RECREATION BEGINS

by Garwood Police Department on 06/27/16

Garwood's school year finished up June 17th.  Many schools in our surrounding Communities finish up June 24th.  With this, our kids will be more active during the day and the Garwood Police Department urge drivers to be alert for their presence and activities.

The Garwood Recreation program begins June 27 and continues through August, with hour of operation from 9am to 12 noon at the Sports and Athletic Field Complex.  Please be advised that officers will be stopping by the SAF from time to time, during the hours of operation to say hello to the kids and touch bases with the councilors.

Enjoy and have a safe summer!

Be Smart for Kids - Thirsday June 9th

by Garwood Police Department on 06/08/16

 

June 2nd is “National Gun Violence Day”.  This however, is not a day of celebration.  Sadly, the Garwood Police understand that every year, at least 100 children aged 17 and under die in unintentional shootings, and over 400 die by suicide with a gun.  Many of these deaths are entirely preventable with responsible gun storage and by taking some pro-active safety precautions.

 

Recognizing this, the Garwood Police Department is happy to host a “Be Smart For Kids” seminar on Thursday June 9th, at the Garwood Firehouse at 7pm.  Be Smart For Kids is a non-political program put on by group of parents, that hold an open and honest conversation about kids, guns and safety.   The Be Smart campaign promotes responsible gun storage and asks adults to take simple steps to reduce the harm that can occur when unsupervised children get ahold of an unsecured firearm.  Chief Underhill has attended many of Be Smart’s seminars and wants residents to know, that the seminar is strictly about being safe around the home & not a pro or con second amendment presentation.  It is also beneficial to those who do not own guns as well as those who do.

 

There is no fee for this seminar. Please come out and join us,  we look forward to meeting with our residents on Thursday the 9th at 7pm

 

Garwood Rocks 3 Scheduled for Sunday 6-5-16

by Garwood Police Department on 06/03/16

Our 2016 Garwood Rocks Street Fair has arrived.  Please be reminded that this is a rain or shine event.  Center Street will be closed from 7:30 to approximately 6pm with no parking permitted on Center Street from South Avenue to Unami Park.  Pine Street will be open for access across the south side of the Borough. 

Residents should plan ahead and park their vehicles on a side street.  Residents can call Police Headquarters and arrange for transportation to their vehicles if needed. motor vehicle access to the side streets can be gained via East & West Streets.

Again, this is a rain or shine event.  Any determination to cancel due to safety issues related to severe weather conditions will be made on site during the event and notification will be made via this site and social media including the UCfirstalert and Nixle systems.

2 Hour Parking Restriction - Commuter Parking Ordinance

by Garwood Police Department on 05/18/16

Local Ordinance 15-18  enacted in 2015 restricts parking in certain areas around the Borough to 2 hours between the hours of 10am to 2pm.  This is to prohibit commuters from parking on our side streets all day taking up valuable parking fronting your homes.  Some streets were already regulated as 1 hour or 2 hour parking from 7am to 7pm M-S.  This restriction remains in effect so look for the signs regulating your area.  

Residents can obtain "Preferred Parking Stickers" for their cars and placards for their daytime guests, which provide exemption from the 10am - 2pm restriction.  Residents can come to the Borough offices to obtain these items. 

All the signs are now in place.  The Police Department will begin to enforce on with summons beginning June 1st 2016.  Warnings will be issued starting immediately.  Please make every effort to obtain your residential ID stickers.

 

Be Smart for Kids - It's Up To All Of To Protect Our Kids

by Garwood Police Department on 05/13/16

June 2nd is “National Gun Violence Day”.  This however, is not a day of celebration.  Sadly, the Garwood Police understand that every year, at least 100 children aged 17 and under die in unintentional shootings, and over 400 die by suicide with a gun.  Many of these deaths are entirely preventable with responsible gun storage and by taking some pro-active safety precautions.

 

Recognizing this, the Garwood Police Department is happy to host a “Be Smart For Kids” seminar on Thursday June 9th, at the Garwood Firehouse at 7pm.  Be Smart For Kids is a non-political program put on by group of parents, that hold an open and honest conversation about kids, guns and safety.   The Be Smart campaign promotes responsible gun storage and asks adults to take simple steps to reduce the harm that can occur when unsupervised children get ahold of an unsecured firearm.  Chief Underhill has attended many of Be Smart’s seminars and wants residents to know, that seminar is strictly about being safe around the home & not a pro or con second amendment presentation.

 

Be Smart For Kids will also have a booth at the Garwood Rocks

street fair on June 5th and the Chief encourages you to stop by and

visit with them before their seminar on the 9th.  You can also learn

more about Be Smart For Kids at Besmartforkids.org and the Police

Departments web site at garwoodpd.org.