Police Department

Welcome to the Summit Police Department

Our officers and civilian staff are proud to serve and protect the City of Summit through proactive law enforcement and community outreach. We work in partnership with the people of Summit, NJ to enforce the law, preserve peace, protect all members of the community.

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Breaking News

January 30, 2024 - Summit Police Department received a report of a burglary to an Ashland Road home on the 100 block that occurred sometime between 12PM on Monday, January 29 and 4:45PM on Tuesday, January 30. The suspects gained entry to the kitchen in the back of the house by shattering a glass sliding door. The second-floor bedrooms were rummaged through, and an undetermined amount of jewelry was removed from the home. The residents were not home at the time of the incident. The Union County Sherriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit responded to process the scene. The incident is under investigation by the Summit Police Department Detective Bureau.

January 29, 2024 - Over the weekend, three residential burglaries at homes on Stiles Road, Clark Street and Hartley Road were reported to the Summit Police Department. On Saturday, January 27, 2024, suspects shattered a rear glass door to gain entry to a kitchen at a Stiles Road residence. Nest security cameras captured two unidentified males entering the home at 7:21PM and exiting 13 minutes later. Both suspects wore hoods and masks. The primary bedroom was ransacked, and an undisclosed amount of jewelry and cash was stolen. The residents were not home at the time of the incident. On Saturday, January 27, 2024, between 5:45PM and 8PM, suspects entered a Clark Street residence through an unlocked rear kitchen window. The bedrooms were rummaged through, and an undisclosed amount of jewelry was stolen. The residents were not home at the time of the incident. Between Thursday, January 25, 2024, and 7PM on Sunday January 28, 2024, suspects shattered a rear glass door to gain entry to the kitchen of a Hartley Road residence. The primary bedroom was rummaged through, and four men’s watches were reported as stolen. The resident was not home at the time of the incident. The crime scenes at all three residences were processed by members of the Union County Sherriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit. The incidents are being investigated by the Summit Police Department Detective Bureau. Please contact the Detective Bureau at 908-273-0051 with any information or doorbell camera footage related to these incidents.

January 13, 2024 - On Saturday, January 13, 2024, at approximately 2:10AM patrol officers encountered a stolen 2017 silver Hyundai Elantra in the area of Waldron and Springfield avenues. While attempting to flee from police, the suspect lost control of the vehicle that crashed on Waldron Avenue. Two males exited the vehicle fled into the neighborhood. Responding officers established a perimeter and subsequently located two 16-year-old males, both residents of Newark, hiding in nearby yards. The subjects were immediately placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for processing. Anyone with additional information or video surveillance footage pertinent to the investigation is encouraged to contact the Summit Police Department Detective Bureau at 908-273-0051. The Summit Police Department would like to thank Millburn, Springfield, and New Providence Police Departments for their assistance in the apprehension of the suspects.

  1. 2024 Summit Police Department Summer Youth Academy

    Two, one-week sessions will be held July 15-July 19 & July 22-July 26. The program is open to children 14 years of age or younger (as of July 15), and entering Grades 6, 7, 8, or 9 the following school year. Applications accepted March 1 through April 1. Application information
  1. A Conversation with the Summit Police Department

    On Tuesday, February 6, 2024 the Summit Police Department hosted a "Conversation with the Police Department" via Facebook Live. Watch the Conversation
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2023 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

Beginning on August 18, 2023, and continuing through September 4, 2023, the Summit Police Department (SPD) is participating in the annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. The SPD received a grant for $7,000 from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety to initiate the campaign that is focused on removing impaired drivers from the roads and preventing potential tragedies. Click here to learn more.

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Summit has a zero tolerance policy for prejudice, racism, bigotry, hatred and violence of any kind

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The SPD is committed to ensuring that all citizens regardless of their disability, nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation enjoy the rights guaranteed by NJ law and the US Constitution. Community resources

Arrive Together Partnership

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The Summit Police Department is participating in the New Jersey State Arrive Together program, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at improving emergency response to mental health crises by pairing trained mental health professionals provided by Trinitas Regional Medical Center with local law enforcement officers trained in crisis intervention. Full news release 

Safe Place Program

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Please take a look at these safety tips to help prevent auto theft in Summit.

Two Streets a Week Campaign

Summit Police Department is working to reduce careless driving through its new "two streets a week" campaign. The purpose of the program is to coordinate enforcement efforts on two streets each week with the goal of reducing speeding and other dangerous traffic violations through an established and ongoing police presence.     

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Help keep our neighborhoods safe.

Join a voluntary registry of privately-owned video surveillance systems in Summit. The Summit Citizen Eye directory is a list of camera locations that will provide detectives with footage in areas where criminal activity has occurred. Program video

Frequently Asked Questions

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Overnight on-street parking rules
By municipal ordinance, no vehicle shall be parked on any street during any night of the year between the hours of 2:30AM and 5AM or when snow is forecast. Requests must be received prior to 2AM or subject to a parking citation. Call the police department non-emergency number 908-273-0051 with questions.

Body Camera Program

Uniformed officers assigned to the patrol bureau and traffic unit wear body cameras to capture valuable evidence for investigations and trials. It also documents scenes, interviews, and encounters between the police and citizens, promoting accountability and transparency. 

Click here for more info on the grant that is allowing the SPD to equip its officers with body cameras into 2026.

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Extreme Risk Protective Order Act of 2018 (N.J.S.A. 2C:58-20 to -32) provides procedures for a family or household member to apply for a protective order against a person who poses a danger of causing bodily injury to self or others by possessing or purchasing a firearm. It prohibits the respondent from possessing or purchasing a firearm or ammunition and from holding a firearms purchaser ID card, permit to purchase a handgun, and permit to carry a handgun. This is a civil court order that is issued by a judge upon consideration of evidence, prompted by a petition by a family or household member, or law enforcement officer. Order on State of NJ website

Protect and prepare your family with Smart911. Citizens can create a safety profile for their household on Smart911 with important information that emergency responders can use in the event of an emergency.

When a citizen makes an emergency call, their safety profile is automatically displayed to the 9-1-1 dispatcher and emergency responders can provide more personalized assistance. Citizens can add important information to their profile such as medical conditions and allergies, property details and layout, information on pets and service animals, family members' phone numbers, emergency contacts, and more. Visit www.smart911.com to get started.

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Video Gallery

The Summit Police Department has created a series of videos to educate and inform the public. Videos focus on topics relating to safe trick-or-treating, bicycle and automobile theft, identity theft and fraud. Access the videos on YouTube here.

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Prescription Medication Drop Off

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Safely dispose of your unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medications in the drop off box located in the Summit Police Department on the first floor of City Hall. NJ Division of Consumer Affairs has developed Project Medicine Drop in an effort to halt the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs.

**Please do not dispose of syringes in this box. Please remove all personal information from the medicine containers you are depositing into the box. Click here for info on how to dispose of syringes with regular household garbage.

Nixle Alert Options

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Sign up for nixle alerts or access the Everbridge app to receive emergency and general notifications from the Summit Police Department. 

Please note: If you enter an email address when registering with nixle, you will receive email alerts when the SPD sends advisory, non-emergent messages. To receive only text alert and advisory messages, do not enter an email address. Using the app generates push notifications to your mobile phone and emails. More detailed information and instructions are available here.

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