History of the Department

The Summit Police Department is proud to provide exceptional law enforcement and public safety services to the Summit Community since its founding in 1896. From Summit's first Police Officer, Jeremiah Britt, to the current roster of 46 sworn Officers, Summit P.D. continues to build upon its reputation as one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the State of New Jersey.

This reputation of excellence has been built upon the Police Department's core mission to create long-lasting and dynamic relationships with the residents, businesses. and visitors who live, work. and travel in the City of Summit.

If you would like to learn more about the history of our Department, please take time to view our special historical sections which showcase the Chiefs of Police of the Department and the history of our our Departmental Patch.