Bowers looks forward to many good things planned for 2019

IRVINGTON, NJ — Public Safety Director Tracy Bowers wants residents to know there is plenty to look forward to in the New Year. Bowers cited the decision to assign Detective Marcus Smith to serve as the Police Division’s official “senior cop,” assigning Sgt. Sheyla Marquez-Zepeda to serve as the official “kids cop” and the creation […]

Alleged incident of Irvington police car striking two children still unclear

IRVINGTON, NJ — An automobile accident in which an Irvington Police Division cruiser struck two children reportedly occurred Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 5:30 p.m. on Springfield Avenue in Newark, near the ShopRite shopping center. When a copy of the official Newark Police Department incident report was requested, however, the department referred all questions to the […]

ECPO investigates police-involved shooting in Irvington

IRVINGTON, NJ — Members of the Irvington Police Division were engaged in a police-involved shooting on Friday, Sept. 7, and now the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Professional Standards Bureau is investigating the incident, according to acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens. “The incident occurred shortly before 10 p.m., when Irvington police officers were dispatched […]

IPD still reaping benefits from 3 recent EOPD transfers

IRVINGTON, NJ — The Irvington Police Division has gained three new members, formerly of the East Orange Police Department, who transferred to the IPD prior to former East Orange Public Safety Director Sheilah Coley’s resignation, effective Friday, June 8. One of those officers, Keishon Jonas, participated in the third annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day […]

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 […]

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 […]

Police captain cleared of all criminal charges, back to work

IRVINGTON, NJ — Wednesday, Sept. 6, was the first day back on the job for Irvington Police Division Capt. Monique Smith, after she was cleared of all criminal charges related to an off-duty incident involving Newark Councilman John Sharpe James in 2014, son of the former Newark mayor. According to Smith’s attorney, Steven Altman, on […]