Bayonne Police Community Programs


Youth Mentorship Program

The mission of the Bayonne Police Department Mentorship Program is to empower at-risk youth in our community to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their personal potential.

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Telephone: 201-858-6900



Community Oriented Policing

Our Community Oriented Policing policies and programs are based on collaboration between police and our citizens in non-threatening and supportive interactions.  These interactions include efforts by police to listen to citizens, take seriously the citizens' definitions of problems, and solve the problems that have been identified.  Program goals include improved citizen esteem toward the police, improved police attitudes toward citizens, more effective police service as defined by the police, and more effective service as defined by citizens.  Focus is on problem identification, analysis, and utilization of systematic problem solving techniques, together with a strong community partnership, as a means to achieve more effective long term solutions to persistent crime problems.

Our objective is to obtain a favorable attitude between the police and citizens with encouraging a willingness to work together cooperatively, with improving neighborhood stability and race relations.  Educating and assisting community business leaders in crime prevention by implementing an action plan to meet community needs.

The department's Community Oriented Policing Unit which was established on September, 1991 is an effective partnership with the community.  This was accomplished by conferring with community leaders in the areas of business, professional groups, social service agencies, religious and civic organizations, and non-law enforcement city agencies.  These organizations in joint cooperation with the Community Oriented Policing Unit have repeatedly demonstrated their willingness to donate time and resources in support of our Community Policing programs. 

The Community Oriented Policing Unit continues to develop programs that will maintain effective partnerships within the community.  The Crime Prevention bureau is currently run through the Community Oriented Policing Unit.

National Night Out

The National Night Out is a Community-Police awareness event designed to increase awareness about police programs in the community, strengthen neighborhood spirit and the police-community partnership, and send a message to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and are fighting back. Residents & businesses are asked to leave their lights on throughout the evening.  The National Night Out is usually held the first Tuesday of August.

For more information, please call 201-858-7888.

Police Explorer's Program Post #227

The Bayonne Police Explorers Program created many years ago by Det. Leo Smith is a community service, career-oriented program designed to educate young men and women, ages 14-20, about Law Enforcement.

Exploring reaches out to Bayonne's young adults to help build up relations between the community and the Bayonne Police Department. Police Explorers are taught the importance of higher education, self discipline, and respect for authority while they actively participate in community service projects and other Police Exploring events.

The positive interaction of Police Explorers and Law Enforcement Officers help young adults see officers as real people, and affords opportunities to build positive relationships between the Bayonne Police Department and the community.

For more information about the Bayonne Police Explorer's program please contact Sgt.Chris Foster 201-858-5855

Project LifeSaver

The Bayonne Police Department in partnership with the Simpson-Baber Foundation implemented the Project Lifesaver Program in an effort to provide enhanced support and assistance to Bayonne residents who are primary caregivers for an individual suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia disorder as well as families of children afflicted with Down syndrome, autism, traumatic brain injuries or cognitive impairments.

These individuals might be prone to wander away from home and become confused or lost. Project Lifesaver allows for a proactive response by the Bayonne Police Department if this happens. This not only saves time and manpower but also, gives caregivers and families peace of mind and reassurance that all possible resources will be utilized in the effort to locate and return their loved one home safely.

Participants in the Project Lifesaver program wear a special wrist bracelet equipped with a small transmitter which emits a signal that we can track when someone goes missing. Search times have been reduced from days and hours, to minutes.

For further information about the Project LIfesaver program you can contact the Bayonne Police Department by clicking here.

COPS in Schools Program

The Cops in School Program was designed to bring police officers from the Bayonne Police Department into the school classrooms. Numerous topics were covered including 911, bike safety, and drug and alcohol education.  New, and more current subjects, have been added to the curriculum. These include bullying, gun safety, and violence awareness.

National Take-Back Initiative

This local collection is part of a nationwide effort called the National Take-Back Initiative, which was known previously as Operation Medicine Cabinet. Over 250 law enforcement agencies in New Jersey are participating in the program. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New Jersey Division, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, the New Jersey National Guard, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, are spearheading this effort.

The purpose of the National Take-Back Initiative is to draw the public’s attention to the potential misuse and abuse of over-the-counter and prescription medicine. The goal of the program is to allow people to deliver all of their unused, unwanted, or expired medications to law enforcement officials who can dispose of these controlled substances in a safe and non-hazardous manner. Law enforcement agencies want to prevent these pills from falling into the hands of juveniles or into the illicit drug market in our area.

Unwanted prescription drugs should not be flushed down the toilet, because doing so is harmful to the environment.

For more information about the National Take-Back Initiative and the drug drop-off on October 29, please call the Bayonne Police Department at 201-858-6900 or visit the DEA’s website at


The Bayonne Police Department has launched an initiative called H.A.R.P.S. (Highlighting Accident Reduction and Pedestrian Safety) aimed at reducing traffic accidents and improving pedestrian safety.

There are many factors behind motor vehicle crashes and related injuries are problems associated with drivers and their vehicles. Those factors are: 1) speed; 2) driver inattention; 3) use of cell phones and texting; 4) dark, tinted windows; 5) improper right turns on red; 6) failure of the driver to yield to pedestrians; and 7) illegal U-turns. Pedestrian inattention and jaywalking also contribute to accidents and injuries.

In order to reduce accidents, the Bayonne Police Department will use radar enforcement, both on Bayonne’s major avenues and side streets. Chief Scianni emphasizes that the safety initiative will be in effect on all tours of duty, during all police shifts. “This will be a sustained initiative,” Scianni said, “especially while schools are in session.”

The Traffic Division has reviewed crash data. As a result of this study, the Traffic Division will place variable message signs in key locations around Bayonne as part of its educational strategy. These electronic signs will issue various public safety messages.







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