Departmental Fax: 908-709-7342
Q. What is the procedure for fingerprinting?
A. Non-criminal fingerprinting is performed by the Detective Bureau for Township residents only. There is a $5 fee per fingerprint cardÂ and the applicant is required to furnish the appropriate fingerprint cards. The majority of fingerprinting for State application purposes is now done through MorphTrak. This includes firearms, liquor licenses, school or Township employment, etc. Please see your employer for details.
Fingerprinting is done on Tuesdays from 9 am to noon and 1 to 4 pm. Remember to bring your fingerprint cards, a legal form of identification and the appropriate fee for service (exact change is appreciated).
Q. How do I obtain a copy of a police report?
A. Police reports are available (in most cases) beginning at noon of the second business day following the initial report to police. All reports must be obtained through the Records Bureau during normal business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30am-3:30pm. Closed holidays. Crash reports are now available online at http://www.crashdocs.org/nj-cranford.
Q. Do I have to register my burglar/fire alarm?
A. Yes. Local Ordinance requires that all alarms (burglar/fire) that will initiate a response from an emergency service (police/fire/ambulance) must be registered with the Cranford Police Department. This registration is for a period of one year, renewable every January. The current permit fees for alarms monitored directly at the police department are: $95 for residential units and $200 for commercial units. If your alarm is monitored by a third party vendor such as ADT the fee is $40 for the first year and $25 every year thereafter. Permit application can be obtained from the Records Bureau during normal business hours or you can download a copy from our site. Failure to register your alarm may result in fines being issued. In addition, fines are issued for each unsubstantiated alarm responded to starting with the fourth response. Fines range from $15 to $100 per violation. A copy of the alarm ordinance can also be found on our site.
Q. Can I obtain a Cranford Police Department uniform shoulder patch?
A. Regretfully, the Cranford Police Department cannot respond to the overwhelming number of Internet requests from civilian collectors for patches and memorabilia Although it is the policy of the Cranford Police Department not to release any patches for non-official purposes (such as collecting), only special requests made in writing to Chief Eric Mason, 8 Springfield Ave, Cranford, NJ will be considered.