Police Department

Raritan Police Department is now offering
The Operation Blue Angel Program
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In 1891 the town fathers established the first organized police force to oversee the growing population of immigrants who were settling in the area. This force lasted only two years and was disbanded in 1893.

Years went by and a new force was established. In 1937 Patrolman Lorenzo Rossi became the first police chief to enforce laws in Raritan. The Raritan Police force was located at the Raritan Fire House on Anderson Street with the police department consisting of three officers who patrolled the graveled streets on bicycles and on foot.

As time went on the police department moved to motorcycles and eventually cars were used for police response. The police department expanded over the years and numerous dedicated officers have patrolled the streets of Raritan Borough professionally and with honor.

Currently the department is an 18 member police force consisting of a Chief of Police, 2 Police Lieutenants, 2 Detectives, 4 Police Sergeants and 9 Patrol Officers. Our department is also staffed by a civilian Administrative Assistant. Dispatching of our officers and answering of all police calls are handled through Somerset County Communications who provide professional services to our Borough.

Police Headquarters moved in 1979 to its current location at 20 First Street. In late 2011 into early 2012, changes were made to the interior of police headquarters to assists with its operations.


  • Good Morning Caller Program
  • Vacation Property Checks
  • 4th and 5th Grade D.A.R.E
  • Kids Care Identification Program

Forms, such as Alarm Forms, Accident/Incident Forms, OPRA, Firearms Forms, and all information regarding the Borough's Police Department can be located at the
Police Department website.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Q

    When can police reports be picked up?


    Monday through Friday between 7am and 2pm.

  • Q

    Are there any parking restrictions on the roadways around the train station?


    There are time limit parking restrictions on the roadways that surround the Raritan Train Station. Resident parking decals allow for Raritan Borough Residents to park on specified roadways during the daytime and all others have a restricted amount of time they are allowed to park in these areas.

  • Q

    During the times of snowy weather, if I don't have a driveway where shall I move my car to adhere to the snow parking ordinance?


    The police department advises motorist who do not have a driveway to move their vehicles to the public lots and to the train station lots within the town. The police department asks that this be a temporary move and for the motorist to move their vehicles from these lots as soon as the roadways are cleaned adequately.