WOPD seeks to join collaborative initiative to minimize incidents of force

WOPD seeks to join collaborative initiative to minimize incidents of force

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In light of the current social climate in regard to police practices in the country, the West Orange Police Department is looking to expand its access to resources, including knowledge, guidance and training, in an effort to better serve its community in the cases of non-criminal crises, according to an Aug. […]

WOTC passes three police-related ordinances

WOTC passes three police-related ordinances

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council passed three police-related ordinances at its meeting on July 14, all unanimously, putting into effect the demands that the West Orange Youth Caucus asked for in a petition at the Black Lives Matter protest on June 6. One ordinance, which was approved on second reading, bans […]

WOPD holds its first-ever virtual promotion ceremony

WOPD holds its first-ever virtual promotion ceremony

WEST ORANGE, NJ — As society continues to delay, reschedule and cancel events big and small due to the ongoing coronavirus health crisis, the West Orange Police Department made history by hosting its first-ever virtual promotion ceremony on July 2. Former officers Robert O’Toole, Edwin Diaz, Paul Parada and Jeffrey Carosia were promoted to the […]

Mayor supports legislation affirming WO’s commitment to justice

Mayor supports legislation affirming WO’s commitment to justice

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In a letter to West Orange Township Council President Michelle Casalino, according to a June 18 press release from the township, Mayor Robert Parisi urged all council colleagues to support his efforts toward enacting legislation on the following points: an ordinance banning tear gas, rubber bullets and requiring use of body […]

Mother and child found dead with gunshot wounds in WO apartment

Mother and child found dead with gunshot wounds in WO apartment

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Law enforcement is investigating two deaths that occurred in West Orange on May 31. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II announced June 2 that the West Orange Police Department and the prosecutor’s Homicide and Major Crimes Task Force are investigating the fatalities. Sushmita Bardhan, 36, and her 6-year-old daughter were […]

West Orange releases statement regarding George Floyd

West Orange releases statement regarding George Floyd

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Township officials released the following statement regarding the death of George Floyd and the response it has sparked in the nation: “The death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis has sparked deep rooted outrage across the country. The videos which have emerged depict a gross negligence […]

WOPD reminds residents to lock vehicles, remove valuables from view

WOPD reminds residents to lock vehicles, remove valuables from view

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Overall crime continues to trend downward during the pandemic but auto burglaries continue to plague West Orange, according to a May 20 press release from the West Orange Police Department. Although the vast majority of vehicles entered are through unlocked doors, the WOPD has recently experienced a few forced entries where […]

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