By October, WO police will be hooked up to body cameras

Body cameras add ‘accountability’ to police departments

By October, WO police will be hooked up to body cameras

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Police Department will require its officers and detectives to wear body cameras while on duty starting Oct. 1. Deputy Chief John Buoye said the department has purchased 65 WatchGuard Video body cameras, which line officers, detectives and other units will wear in the center of their uniforms. According […]

Open house for Operation Hope Angel volunteers

WEST ORANGE, NJ — An open house for Operation HOPE Angel volunteers will be held Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. at the West Orange Public Library meeting room, 46 Mt. Pleasant Ave. Operation HOPE — Heroin Opiate Prevention Effort — gives an addict who voluntarily asks for help the opportunity to be placed into […]

Residents gather, say ‘Enough is Enough’

Hundreds come out for peace and unity march to decry violence between police, black community

Residents gather, say ‘Enough is Enough’

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Some held hand-crafted signs emblazoned with messages such as “Black Lives Matter” and “Enough is Enough.” Many raised their voices in an emotional chorus of defiant chants, breaking up the stillness of late afternoon Main Street with refrains of “No Justice, No Peace” and “The People United Will Never Be Defeated.” […]

Three men indicted for WO murder of Orange man

Three men indicted for WO murder of Orange man

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today, July 14, that an Essex County Grand Jury has indicted Rasuan Foster, 29, of East Orange; Zaki Jones, 33, of Newark; and Jarret Mceachin, 29, of Orange for the murder of  Naji Everett, 26, of Orange. In addition to murder, the four count […]

Orange man arrested in WO car break-ins

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange police arrested a 22-year-old Orange man in connection to several car break-ins on the western end of town, according to a recent press release. Police apprehended the suspect when a Rutgers Street resident called police just before 7 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13, to report a man going through […]

Council gives green light to Operation HOPE

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing a new program at its June 14 meeting to allow heroin and opioid addicts to request help from the West Orange Police Department without fear of arrest. Operation HOPE — Heroin Opiate Prevention Effort — gives an addict who voluntarily asks […]

Former WOPD officer heads to the UK on Fulbright

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Jim Drylie, a retired West Orange police officer, has been selected for a prestigious scholarship award, the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright, and he will be in the United Kingdom for the fall of 2016 studying the use of deadly force involving police in the United Kingdom. Drylie retired from the West Orange Police […]

West Orange police debut Operation Hope, seek volunteers

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Police Department hopes to roll out a program this fall that places heroin and opiate users into drug treatment instead of jail. Members of the Township Council will vote Tuesday, June 14, on whether to approve Operation HOPE — Heroin – Opiate Prevention Effort — an affiliation between […]

WOPD mourns fallen N.J. officers

OCEAN GROVE, NJ — The 32nd annual New Jersey law enforcement memorial service was held in Ocean Grove on May 24. This year’s service commemorated the lives of three on-duty officers who died in 2015: Cpl. Scott R. Thompson of the Manchester Township Police Department and State Police Troopers Anthony A. Raspa and Eli M. […]

Pedestrian killed in West Orange accident with bus

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and West Orange Police Chief James Abbott announced May 26 that the West Orange Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigating a fatal pedestrian incident. At approximately 9:31 a.m. on May 26, Dilma Khan, 82, of West […]