Press Releases from the Bayonne Police Department

T & U Visas
September 25, 2019
For immediate release:
It is the policy of the Bayonne Police Department to deal with the immigrant community in compliance with New Jersey Attorney General Directive 2018-6.  Victims of qualifying crimes of criminal activity or human trafficking may be able eligible for a U Visa or T Visa

Aliens or their representatives seeking certification for a U visa or T Visa will be referred to the Detective Division Commander.  The Detective Division Commander will cause an inquiry into the matter to determine if the alien has been:

  1. A victim of a qualifying crime under the jurisdiction of this department;
  2. Has specific knowledge and details of crime; and
  3. Has been, is being, or is likely to be helpful to law enforcement in the detection, investigation, or prosecution of the qualifying crime

Aliens or their representatives seeking certification for crimes occurring outside the jurisdiction of Bayonne will be referred to the local jurisdiction or the county prosecutor’s office in which the crime occurred.

Upon determining that the alien has satisfied the above requirements, an assigned detective will execute Form I-918, Supplement B, U Nonimmigrant Status Certification or Form I-914, Supplement B, Declaration of Law Enforcement Officer for Victim of Trafficking in Persons

The Chief of Police or his/her designee may withdraw or disavow a Form I-918B or Form I-914B at any time if a victim stops cooperating. 

Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO)
September 25, 2019
For immediate release:
In January 2018, Governor Phil Murphy signed a package of gun safety bills. )

One of those bills was the Extreme Risk Protective Order Act of 2018 (N.J.S.A. 2C:58-20 to -32. The Act's goal is to save lives in New Jersey, including the lives of the respondents and those around them.

The Act provides procedures through which a family or household member (the petitioner) can apply for an Extreme Risk Protective Order against a person (the respondent) who poses a danger of causing bodily injury to self or others by possessing or purchasing a firearm.

An Extreme Risk Protective Order prohibits the respondent from possessing or purchasing a firearm or ammunition and from holding a firearms purchaser identification card, permit to purchase a handgun, and permit to carry a handgun. An Extreme Risk Protective Order is a civil court order that is issued by a judge upon consideration of the evidence related to a number of factors, prompted by a petition by a family or household member or law enforcement officer.

Under the Extreme Risk Protective Order Act of 2018, a court would consider evidence presented whether the respondent has a history of threats or acts of violence; has a history of use (including attempted and threatened use) of physical force; is subject to or violated any protective orders; has been arrested, charged, or convicted of any violent indictable crime or disorderly-persons offense, stalking offense, or domestic violence offense; has been charged with crimes of animal cruelty; has a history of substance abuse; or has recently acquired a firearm or ammunition.

A family or household member may file a petition for a Temporary Extreme Risk Protective Order at the superior court, or at a state, county, or municipal law enforcement agency. The Temporary Extreme Risk Protective Order petition must be filed in the same county where the respondent resides.

For any questions relating to an Extreme Risk Protective Order contact the Bayonne Police Department at (201) 858-6900. If it is an emergency, contact 9-1-1.

Heroin & Opiate Information and Resource Pamphlet
Sept. 9th, 2019

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The Bayonne Police Department has completed the installation of a “Project Medicine Drop Box” to assist residents in the disposal of dispose of unused, expired, or unwanted prescription pills and tablets medication. Project Medicine Drop Box is an important component of the Bayonne Police Department’s effort to stop the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs, including highly addictive opiate painkillers. Bayonne residents can take an active role in the fight against the nationwide epidemic of opiate and heroin abuse, which is often fueled by the abuse of prescription painkillers.

Bayonne Police Department Brings Back Bicycle Patrols
July 19, 2019
For immediate release:

Mayor Jimmy Davis and Police Chief Robert Geisler announced that the Bayonne Police Department is bringing back bicycle patrols after an absence of several years.  Bicycle patrols will supplement the work of officers in patrol cars.

Mayor Davis said, "Bicycle patrols enable officers to move quickly.  Bicycles can fit in some places where police cars are unable to go.  They will provide the Police Department with visibility in a variety of different situations in the community."  Mayor Davis added, "Bicycle patrols will be especially useful during the summer months when many of our residents are outdoors."

Chief Geisler said, "Bicycle Patrols take the Police Officers out of the cars and insert them in our neighborhoods, allowing our Police Officers to interact with the community members.   Bicycle patrols help to bring Police Officers and community members together to prevent crime and solve neighborhood problems."  Chief Geisler continued, "This type of patrol has been successful in the past and I am confident that this re-launch of our bicycle patrols will have a positive impact on the Bayonne Police Department's ability to help keep our community safe."

In the late 1800's and early 1900's, bicycle patrols were common in American police departments.  They made a comeback in the 1980's and 1990's in many urban police departments.  In the 1990's and the early 2000's, the Bayonne Police Department utilized bicycle patrols in municipal parks, at street fairs and around public housing complexes.

Body Worn Camera Press Release:
June 14, 2019
For immediate release:
The Bayonne Police Department has implemented a new body worn camera program starting this summer. Chief Robert Geisler will be selecting officers within the department to wear the cameras with the anticipation of additional cameras being rolled out by the end of the year.

Police Officers will begin recording audio/visual interactions between police and citizens. Body cameras are viewed as a valuable asset intended to assist department officers in the prosecution of certain offenders by augmenting an officer’s testimony with a video/audio record of the incident. Additionally, this equipment will enable department administrators to conduct periodic reviews of officer-citizen contacts for quality control purposes and aid in the investigation of citizen complaints. In addition, the cameras provide another level of transparency to the public.

The Bayonne Police Department was able to obtain a grant that covered a majority of the cost of the cameras. After much evaluation the Bayonne Police Department has selected the Mobile-Vision BWX-100 body worn camera. Selected uniformed officers will wear the camera on their chest, on the outer most layer of clothing. The camera is black and is about 3 inches in length by 2 inches in width. The camera is activated when the center button is pushed revealing a red-light indicator that recording is occurring. The BWX-100 Body Worn Camera will be worn on the front outer most garment of an officer’s uniform.

Accredited by the New Jersey State Associations of Chiefs of Police

The Accreditation standards in law enforcement assure the citizens that the police department meets specific criteria of public safety services which have been set forth by national and state commissions. The Bayonne Police Department is a professional organization and has engaged in the task of Accreditation through the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) to ensure our communities that this agency is held to the highest standards.

Accreditation is a progressive way of assisting law enforcement agencies to improve their overall performance. Accreditation is formulated through standards, which contain clear statements of professional law enforcement objectives. Agencies who participate in the Accreditation process execute a self-assessment to determine how policies and procedures can be improved to meet these objectives. Once these policies and procedures are employed, a team of assessors validates the standards are being followed by the agency. Assessors will review written materials, interview agency members, and visit offices and other places where compliance with the standards can be observed.


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