County to participate in Drug Take Back Day

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On Monday, April 16, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. and the Essex County Division of Community Health joined with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team, the Essex County Police Chiefs Association and the Essex County Crime Prevention Officers Association to announce plans for Drug […]

East Orange’s loss of 3 veteran officers is Irvington’s gain

IRVINGTON, NJ — According to East Orange Police Division Officer Craig Epps, who is also the president of the Fraternal Order of Police Local 111 union that represents the rank-and-file members of his department, a couple of his fellow officers recently transferred to the Irvington Police Division in search of better pay, health benefits and […]

Newark man sentenced to life in prison for murdering store clerk

NEWARK, NJ — Rick King, 34, of Newark, was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for killing Amit Patel, a Newark store clerk. Superior Court Judge Mark Ali sentenced King to life for the first-degree murder. He was also sentenced to a consecutive 40-year sentence for the robbery. In December 2017, an […]

Police arrest man for assaulting woman outside day care center

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Police Department received calls of a female being assault by a male in front of a day care center at 495 Valley St. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at approximately 8:45 a.m. Upon officers’ arrival, the female victim was located and reported to police that the father of her two children, […]

County police to crack down on impaired driving

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County Sheriff’s Office will join with the county’s 22 municipal police departments and participate in a statewide crackdown on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end of year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. From now through Jan. 1, law enforcement officials will […]

Mayor encourages police rapper at annual Mayor’s Ball

IRVINGTON, NJ — Although Maurice Gattison is now a sergeant in the Irvington Police Division and president of Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 29 union, he was once signed to a major hip-hop record label as rapper “Gat the Great.” It was Gattison’s rapping skills that were put on display by Mayor Tony Vauss when he […]

Chiefs’ retirements raises questions about administration policy, practices

IRVINGTON, N J — The recent retirement of deputy chiefs Michael Tomich, Steve Yannotti and Dwayne Mitchell, and Capt. Kim Williams from the Irvington Police Division have raised questions about their retirement pay packages. All agreed to defer the accompanying salary increases for as long as 18 months when they were promoted. However, the township […]

Freeholders honor public safety professionals

NEWARK, NJ — The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders held its 2017 Public Safety Professionals Celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Hall of Records in Newark to commemorate fire officials, police officers and first responders in Essex County for their selfless service. Freeholder President Britnee Timberlake began the program with welcoming remarks, celebrating […]