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Police & Fire

February 22, 2024

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Police Department is actively recruiting borough residents to take the NJ Civil Service Entry Level Law Enforcement Examination. The SPPD will host an informational Q&A session on March 14, 2024, at 6pm in the courtroom (located inside borough ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ ­– When now retired South Plainfield Police Officer Mark Hollain graduated from high school in 1991, the former resident wasn’t quite sure what he wanted to do ‘with the rest of his life.’  “College wasn’t really for me...[and] I knew I didn’t want to work in an office. I ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Joseph Nappe III, a native of the borough, was recently promoted to supervisor of the  South Plainfield Police Department's (SPPD) Communications Center.  Nappe, son of longtime residents Bella and Joseph, is a 2001 graduate of South Plainfield High School. He went on to ...

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TRENTON, NJ — A new state law is now in effect that requires all of New Jersey’s sworn law enforcement officers – roughly 40,500 cops – to have valid licenses from the state’s Police Training Commission to continue wearing a badge. Gov. Phil Murphy signed the Police Licensure Act (S2742/A4194) ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Police Department is a little bit greener with the recent addition of three new hybrid vehicles.  Last May, the borough council authorized the New Jersey State Contract purchase of two 2023 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrids along with three Chevrolet Tahoe ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A public auction of abandoned vehicles in the South Plainfield Police Department’s possession will be held on Friday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m.  The auction, which will take place at police headquarters, 2480 Plainfield Avenue, will include four abandoned/unclaimed ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department (SPVFD) this month announced its 2024 slate of officers with lifelong resident Jason ‘Jay’ Campbell named the borough agency’s new chief. Campbell, a member of the department for over 30 years, was elected to a two-year term ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Lifelong resident Tom Scalera was just a toddler when he first started hanging around the South Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department (SPVFD) so it only seemed fitting that he would follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, father, and uncles.  “When your grandfather was ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – Four construction workers were injured after a pressurized gas line they were installing at the River Road overpass construction site exploded Friday afternoon. “The construction workers, as part of the DOT project, were air testing a gas line that had no product in it when it ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Two borough residents have officially joined the ranks of the South Plainfield Police Department (SPPD).  At a council meeting held on Dec 18, Tyrone Burton and Michael Molinaro were officially sworn in by Mayor Matt Anesh. They will both begin six months of training at ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A longtime resident with a background in law enforcement has officially joined the ranks of the borough force.  On Dec. 4, Justice Dickerson, with his parents at his side, was officially sworn in as a Class H Officer with the South Plainfield Police Department.  “It ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — A South Plainfield man is in custody, accused of killing three members of his family. South Plainfield Police responded to a call of shots fired around 9 a.m. Monday at a residence on Coppola Drive in the Traditions  Development. When they arrived, they found three ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — A shooting that killed three people on Coppola Drive in South Plainfield on Monday morning is under investigation by police and the Middlesex County Prosecutor. Around 9 a.m. Monday, police were called to the home following a report of shots fired, and found three people, ...

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HELMETTA, NJ - A search is currently underway in the area of Helmetta for a suspect in connection with the January 6 riots in the United States Capitol Building. The FBI was attempting to execute a warrant when the suspect, Gregory Yetman, fled into the woods along Main Street in ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ   – On Saturday, October 28th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the South Plainfield Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will host DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at locations across the country. DEA and its partners will collect tablets, capsules, ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ –  At a council meeting held Monday night, Mayor Matt Anesh proclaimed October 2023 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the borough and encouraged the community to ‘be part of the solution’ to end the violence.  "Violence against women, children, and men continues to ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – For nearly two decades, residents of South Plainfield have been working alongside professional responders as members of the borough’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).  A Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program, CERT is administered locally through the ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A public auction of abandoned vehicles in the South Plainfield Police Department’s possession is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 29.  The auction, which will take place at police headquarters, 2480 Plainfield Avenue, will include seven abandoned/unclaimed ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ –  The South Plainfield Office of Emergency Management (OEM), along with members of the borough’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and officers from the police department’s newly-established Community Outreach Unit are joining forces to provide seniors with tips to keep ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Things were a bit different back in the early 1990s when James Parker first joined the South Plainfield Police Department.  School Resource Officers did not have a daily presence in buildings, body worn cameras were not a part of one’s required uniform, and the borough had ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ ­– Last month, the mayor appointed a new coordinator of the borough’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) with the council also approving three deputy coordinators to serve with the agency.  At a meeting Sept. 5, Captain Wendell C. Born, Jr., a 23-year veteran of the South ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Several longstanding members of the South Plainfield Police Department (SPPD) were officially promoted during a ceremony held Sept. 5. Family and friends, along with colleagues and community members, filled the courtroom and into the hallways of borough hall for the ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A standing room only crowd filled into the halls of borough hall earlier this week with family, friends, colleagues, and residents gathering to celebrate the promotion of several members of the South Plainfield Police Department (SPPD).  Among those administered the oath ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ –  Over 100 local children headed to the South Plainfield Public Library last week for the 3rd annual ‘Ice Pops with the Cops’ program.  Held in collaboration with the South Plainfield Police Department (SPPD), the event serves as an opportunity for kids to meet members of ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Borough Council, at a meeting Aug. 14, approved a resolution authorizing a shared service agreement with the municipality and the board of education for Special Class III Law Enforcement Officers (SLEOs) in district buildings for the 2023-2024 school ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Public Library and South Plainfield Police Department are once again teaming up again for a special end of summer program.  Local youth are invited to stop by the library on Friday, Aug. 25 between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for the 3rd ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Lt. Wendell Born, a native of the borough and longstanding member of the South Plainfield Police Department (SPPD), will be sworn in to two new positions in the coming weeks.  At a council meeting Aug. 14, Born, under an appointment by Mayor Matt Anesh, was officially ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Police Department (SPPD) recently held its annual Junior Police Academy and, on Aug. 11, the 19 cadets who took part were recognized for successfully completing the week-long program. Open to rising fifth and sixth grades, the South Plainfield Junior ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - An off-duty South Brunswick Police Officer and his mother saved a five-year-old boy who had drifted off in the ocean on a float, according to a nixle alert from the department. Sgt. William Merkler and his mother Doreen Merkler saved the boy on Amherst Beach in Berkley, New ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The public auction of abandoned vehicles in the South Plainfield Police Department’s possession initially set to take place in June has been rescheduled.  The auction, which includes seven abandoned/unclaimed vehicles, will now take place on Friday, Aug. 4 at 11 a.m. at ...

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