Welcome to the Borough of Sayreville Police Department web site. Each member of our agency prides themselves on providing the highest possible level of service to our community. Beginning in 1923 our department has built a solid foundation of dependable and professional police services. In appreciation of the efforts of our predecessors and with our eyes fixed on the future we strive to continue our progress in fulfilling our mission of service, professionalism, and dependability. Visit the Office of the Chief to gain a better perspective on the inner workings of the Sayreville Police Department.
Verizon, JCP&L, and Cablevision are getting closer to the completion of their utility work. Green Construction reports that the new bridge is being waterproofed today and after an inspection by Conrail the new track will be installed on the bridge next week and rail traffic will start using the new bridge on October 22nd. Tentatively, demolition of the old trestle and the final widening of the roadway will commence on October 27th so we anticipate that you will see substantial progress. Thank you for your continued patience.
This year the Sayreville Police Department was given the honor of acting as the host agency for the event. Marching behind our Honor Guard, Chief Zebrowski led the long lines of Officers from local, county, state, and federal agencies in to the Cathedral for the Mass. The celebrant was Bishop Paul Bootkoski who was joined by many concelebrating Priests including Father Thomas Ryan of Our Lady of Victories and Father Kenneth Murphy of Saint Stanislaus Kostka Church.
We are very grateful to the members of our community who attended to show their support. In addition to several elected Officials and many family members we are especially grateful to the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students from both OLV and Saint Stan’s who joined in the celebration.
As the 9/11 anniversary approaches several of our members are again participating in the annual Tour De Force cycling event to raise money for families of Police Officers killed in the line of duty. This year the ride started on September 8 in Boston and will conclude at the World Trade Center site on September 11. Good luck to Chief Zebrowski, Sergeants O’Donnell and Skarzynski, Officer Keith Grausam, and Dr. Vip Nanavati. And special thanks to Sergeant Gottstine, Captain Marcinczyk (retired), and Mr. Ruben Salgado for keeping the wheels turning and the cyclists fed.
We are grateful that our members give generously of their personal time to support this event.
Chief John Zebrowski would like to invite residents to join the members of our Department at the annual Diocese of Metuchen Blue Mass. The Mass which honors members of the Law Enforcement Community, will be held on Wednesday, October 10th at 10am at the Cathedral of Saint Francis, 32 Elm Avenue, Metuchen.
The Sayreville Police Department is proud to be the host agency for 2012. All are welcome.
…and things are ramping up here at the Public Safety Complex. While like all of you we are still waiting for the Bordentown Avenue/Ernston Road intersection to re-open we have been very busy getting things ready for the end of vacation season and the beginning of the school year.
The Traffic Safety Bureau will be spearheading a drunk driving enforcement program through Labor Day weekend and is planning high visibility patrols for the opening week of school.
Our Explorer Post is gearing up for another busy year of Community Events and classes designed to help them understand the important role that all Public Safety Agencies play in the community.
We’d like you join us on September 24th at 6:30pm in the Council Chambers for the swearing in of our two newest Officers, Matthew Atlak and Walter Arway.
We hope that you continue to enjoy the great Summer weather.
Officers from Sayreville will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the summer 2012 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Beginning August 17 and running through September 3, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
A concentrated national effort, the campaign helps to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools, including posters, banners and mobile video display signs. Launched nationally in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during some of the busiest travel times of the year, including the Labor Day holiday period.
In 2010 alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for 20 percent of New Jersey’s motor vehicle fatalities. As part of the initiative, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety provides grants to local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to run the two-week campaign.
On May 19th members of the Sayreville Police Department, families of our deceased Officers, and members of the community gathered in front of the public safety complex for our annual memorial ceremony.
Emcee for the occasion was Detective Rob Bruce of the Sayreville PBA Honor Guard.
This annual event allows us to take some time in our busy lives to remember those who served the community before us and provided a strong foundation for us to continue in that role.
During his remarks, Chief John Zebrowski recognized the donation of the original Chief of Police badges to the department archives by Mrs. Nancy Quaves. Mrs. Quaves is the niece of our first Chief George Gross.
The members of the Sayreville Police Department are grateful to all who helped make our annual event a success.
Sayreville Police Department will utilize a new communications service, effective
April 20, 2012, that allows us to send important, valuable community information directly to residents using the latest technology.
The Nixle Community Information Service allows us to create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle’s web site at www.nixle.com.
Messages may include alerts to local criminal activity, missing persons, and road closures as well as other relevant safety and community event information.
The service is secure, reliable and easy to use for our group.
The messages can be sent specifically to residents registered within a ¼ mile radius, giving them the opportunity to receive trustworthy information relevant only to their neighborhood. Residents decide from which local agencies they want to receive information. Subscribers can also choose the way in which alerts are received, whether it is by email, text message, or over the web.
Nixle builds on the foundations of other public-to-public communication services, such as Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace, but adds a key component: security. When citizens receive information from our agency via Nixle, they know it can be trusted.
Residents of Sayreville and those in neighboring communities can immediately begin receiving pertinent information via text message, email, and web by registering at www.nixle.com.
On April 23rd the intersection of Bordentown Avenue (County 615) and Ernston Road will be completely closed for a period of 45 days. This closure is necessary to complete the long awaited improvement to that intersection. Detour signs will be posted to guide motorists around the effected area. Please adjust your travels accordingly.
All businesses on Bordentown Avenue and Ernston Road will be open and accessible during this road closure. However, under no circumstances will motorists be able to travel through the intersection for the 45 day period. The intersection will also be closed to all pedestrian traffic.
We appreciate your patience during this temporary inconvenience while we make permanent improvements to this intersection.
Prescription and over the counter medications are great to have around the house when you are sick but should be disposed of when they are no longer needed. Unwanted medications in a home are an accident waiting to happen and if they are not disposed of properly can be damaging to the environment.
The Sayreville Police Department will be participating in Operation Take Back 2012. This DEA sponsored program establishes a collection point for unwanted or expired medications.
Bring your unwanted or expired medications to the Public Safety Complex on Saturday, April 28th between 10AM and 2PM and we will arrange for their proper disposal. There is no charge for this service. Help us keep Sayreville safe.
Community Traffic Advisory – On Saturday March 10th residents should expect heavy traffic conditions during the morning hours on Bordentown Avenue due to the annual South Amboy Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.
During afternoon and evening hours residents may experience substantial delays on Washington Road in the area of the Dwarkadish Temple due to a large event. Please plan to use alternate routes to avoid the effected areas.
It is always a very exciting time when we welcome a new member to our Department. On February 13th Sayreville’s newest Police Officer took his oath in a Council Chamber packed with family, friends, members of the community he will serve, and his new colleagues.
Thomas Pizzillo, a life long Sayreville resident, is no stranger to the idea of community service. A US Marine combat veteran, Thomas is a third generation Police Officer. His Grandfather was a Port Authority Lieutenant and his Father is retired Chief Jerry Pizzillo of the South Amboy Police Department.
In his remarks Chief John Zebrowski explained the exacting process involved in selecting people who meet the high standards expected of a Sayreville Police Officer. Having been chosen by the governing body for appointment, Thomas certainly meets those standards.
Speaking about the virtues of heroism Arthur Ashe once said “It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”
On January 26th at approximately 4pm Sayreville residents Anthony and Liz Mele were travelling west on Bordentown Avenue near the Washington Riding Stables when without warning the car in front of them was involved in a head on collision.
Narrowly avoiding the accident himself, Mr. Mele pulled over and he and his wife ran to the scene to render aid. The driver of one of the cars was trapped and the vehicle was on fire. Without regard for their personal safety the Mele’s, acting as a team, miraculously extricated the driver from the burning car and dragged him to safety. Defying all expectations, the driver the Mele’s saved was released from the hospital only hours later.
Chief John Zebrowski and the Mayor and Borough Council recognized the heroism of the the Mele’s at the Borough Council meeting on February 13th where they were presented with a certificate and honored by a standing ovation. The members of the Sayreville Police Department as well as the community at large are very grateful for the actions of Mr. and Mrs. Mele.
While the men and women of the police department are often seen doing very public acts of service there are many other contributions our officers make to their community when they are off duty. Many of our number coach teams, are active in their places of worship, or simply roll up there sleeves to help a neighbor all without seeking recognition. Occasionally while performing a good deed, they get caught in the act. In his 2012 State of the Borough address Mayor Kennedy O’Brien had this to say:
Sayreville has the finest workforce in the state of New Jersey. Dedicated residents working for the borough, they are career employees. Each has a story of his or her own, but today I would like to single out Sayreville Police Detective Rob Bruce. He has attained the top NCO rank of Command Sergeant Major in the Army reserve, serving three tours of combat duty in the last twelve years, one in Bosnia and two in Iraq. In the aftermath of hurricane Irene, Detective Bruce became aware of a Sayreville resident, a police widow, whose basement had been flooded. On his own initiative and with his own hands his own tools, and on his own time, he gathered fellow police officers, and cleaned out all the ruined carpet, furniture, wallboard and appliances. He asked neither acknowledgement nor reward for this wonderful act of human kindness.
The members of the Sayreville Police Department are very proud of Detective Bruce and grateful to Mayor O’Brien for recognizing his kindness.
As 2011 draws to a close the members of the Sayreville Police Department would like to wish every member of our community a joyous and safe Holiday Season and a Joyous New Year.
Recently Chief Zebrowski, Captain Fitzsimmons and Lieutenant Brennan met with the members of the Sayreville Tavern Owners Association to discuss bringing the HERO campaign to the Borough of Sayreville.
The HERO Campaign promotes the use of sober designated drivers through local chapters in communities and at schools and colleges across the country. The HERO Campaign is not an anti-drinking campaign, but does promote common sense and responsibility. It’s slogan, “Be a HERO. Be a Designated Driver,” appeals to the hero in all of us.
The Sayreville Tavern Owners Association has a long history of working with the Sayreville Police Department to ensure that responsible adults can enjoy recreational use of alcoholic beverages in a safe and responsible way. Chief Zebrowski has appointed Detective Sergeant David Lasko to coordinate this program with the tavern owners. This partnership will work to encourage people to use a designated driver as automatically as they would use a seatbelt. Bars, taverns and restaurants, licensed beverage associations and restaurant associations have adopted the HERO Campaign and serve free soft drinks to sober designated drivers.
We look forward to the development of this campaign in the Borough and will keep you updated on our progress. For more information about the HERO Campaign go to Herocampaign.org.
We’re always trying to find more ways to keep connected to the community. In addition to our Twitter and RSS feeds we have added our new Facebook page. Make sure you check us out.
As the Fall season sets in, temperatures drop and the Sun sets earlier each day. While we are all busy enjoying the weather it is important to remember that this time of year is perfect cover for petty criminals. Here are a few simple tips that will help to keep you from being a victim of theft.
Put on those lights! Criminals don’t like bright lights. A carefully placed floodlight on a motion sensor is an economical way to prevent people from lurking in the shadows.
Lock those doors! Most vehicle thefts are spontaneous events. If a thief is confronted with a locked door it is likely that he will move on to the next car.
Keep your valuables in the house! You would not believe how many people will leave valuable electronics like laptops and GPS units in an unlocked car. Lock your ca
Where are your serial numbers? When we solve a burglary one of our priorities is returning property to the rightful owner. That is why it is important to keep those serial numbers listed somewhere.
Don’t be afraid to call! You know what is normal for your neighborhood and what is out of the ordinary. If you see any suspicious activities don’t hesitate to call us at 732-727-4444.
Anyone want to take a bike ride…….to Washington D.C.? As incredible as it sounds members of our department did just that last week when they joined several hundred other Officers from around the country and rode from Ground Zero to the Pentagon. The 340 mile trip was completed in four days and raised over four hundred thousand dollars for families of Law Enforcement Officers killed in the line of duty.
Established in 2001 by a core group of NYPD Officers this event continues to grow. In addition to it’s fundraising success the event raises awareness of the sacrifice members of the thin blue line make every day. This year our team included riders Sergeants Sean O’Donnell and Peter Skarzynski, Officer Keith Grausam, and Chief John Zebrowski. Equally important was the participation of our support crew of Sergeant William Gottstine, Ruben Salgado and Rich Jurkiewicz who provided repair and logistical support for the ride.
Our Department is very proud of our members who gave freely of their time to make this annual event a success. If you would like more information about the ride you can visit TourDeForce.com.
In our ongoing effort to reach more of the community the Department really made it’s presence known at Sayreville Day 2011. This annual event is widely attended and gave our Officers to show off some of the services that we provide and more importantly, to have some nice one on one conversations with Borough residents.
Our Identification Bureau was on scene displaying their evidence collection equipment while Sergeant O’Donnell spent time explaining the special training and tactics involved in our Bike Patrol. Our Auxiliary Officers handled the additional traffic from the event capably assisted by our Police Explorers who were supervised by Officer George Lestuck. Of course Officer Chip Blazas was on hand with our award winning DARE car while Chief Zebrowski spent the day greeting everyone who stopped by for a visit.
On Monday, September 12th, Michael Pascone pinned on badge number 156 and with his wife Eniko holding the bible he took the oath as Sayreville’s newest Police Officer. “I think that it is important for police to understand the community in which they work”, said Chief John Zebrowski. “Along with valuable experience, Mike brings with him the benefit of knowing the people he will be called to serve during his career”.
“I fulfilled a life long dream when I became a police officer” Pascone said in the moments before the ceremony. “To be able to serve in the community where I grew up just makes the accomplishment more special”. Pascone was an Officer with Matawan PD for over three years and after a brief period of familiarization has joined the Uniform Division of the Sayreville Police Department. His addition to the roster brings the department strength to 84 sworn Officers. “Like any other municipality we too have learned to do more with less”, said Zebrowski citing last year’s reorganization of his department that lost positions due to retirements. “We hope to continue to replace Officers as they retire and explore expanding our roster to meet the challenges of our growing municipality”.
Looking for a graceful exit Officer Henry Wortley asked us to forgo our traditional retirement ceremony for something a bit more low key. Little did he know that thanks to our recent visit from Hurricane Irene he would be ending his career as a Sayreville Police Officer with a bang.
A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Wortley began his service with the Sayreville Police Department on August 25, 1986. He was a graduate of the 46th Basic Class at the Middlesex County Police academy where he was a standout in the boxing ring. After graduation he was assigned to the Patrol Division where he spent his entire career. Hank’s two plus decades were punctuated with several high profile arrests and we are sure he will have a few tales to share with his new neighbors in Myrtle Beach. Chief Zebrowski and all the Officer of the Sayreville Police Department wish Hank the best of luck. Semper Fi.
Building on the firm foundation built by preceding generations of Sayreville Police the department has been busy instituting operation changes to provide even higher qualities of police service to the community. Those types of change aren’t always easy to see. Looking for a way to communicate the fact that good things are happening here at 1000 Main Street, Chief Zebrowski asked Patrick Kennedy of Grafix Solutions to develop a new logo for our department. Mr. Kennedy provided the services of his entire Hartle Street staff and developed an eye catching design.
Blending the old with the new the design incorporates our new patch along with an original artist’s rendering of our building when it was proposed in the 1970′s. Featured prominently is our new motto “Serving the Community with Honor, Integrity, and Professionalism”.
We are proud of the new logo and hope it serves as an outward sign of our ongoing commitment to the community.
There are only a few short weeks before the school year begins in Sayreville. Drivers are asked to be very aware of the return of children walking to and from school. Thanks to the ongoing efforts of AAA, local cooperating local store owners will be able to display the 2011 School’s Open Drive Safely posters.
The Traffic Safety Bureau will be stepping up their pedestrian safety efforts in the next few weeks. As the old saying goes, we have many children in our community but none to spare. Be aware and ALWAYS yield to pedestrians.
In early September our department will be increasing patrols to detect intoxicated drivers. Funded by a grant from the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety the Over the Limit Under Arrest campaign will allow us to staff targeted patrols to detect and arrest intoxicated drivers. Remember, if you have been drinking, don’t get behind the wheel.
On or about September 6th work will begin on the rehabilitation of the Morgan Bridge. Work will be conducted from 7am-4:30pm weekdays. Some night work is also scheduled during weekdays and weekends between September 14-May 16 from 9pm-6am. While we will try to minimize inconvenience, motorists are encouraged to allow extra time for their commute.
Thanks to another retiree we have more great pictures from the past. We appreciate when anyone forwards vintage photos of our officers. Many thanks.
We were happy to hear from Ted Sieminski today who forwarded a few pictures of his Dad for us to post on the site.
Cas Mahle-White joined the Sayreville Police Department after serving in the US Marine Corps and enjoyed a long career. He was a fixture “downtown” and lived just doors away from the original Police Headquarters in the basement of the Borough Hall. He was recognized in gardening circles for his ability to grow enormous tomatoes. In the later years of his career Cas earned both his Bachelors and Masters degrees and after his retirement continued to serve our community for many years as a permanent substitute teacher in the Sayreville Schools.
Can you identify anyone in this photo. We know from our contributor that this Cub Scout Den was given a tour of our headquarters in 1971. If you can identify anyone in the photo please let us know.
While our site has only been available for a few short months we have heard from many of our retirees and friends offering photos or just updating us on their retirement. If you would like to see any particular content on the site, or simply want to say hello, just post a comment. We will get back to you right away.
From time to time people find vintage pictures that they are kind enough to share with us. This rare find is from a swearing in ceremony for the Sayreville Police Explorers on March 11, 1975. Flanking the group are [l] retired Lieutenant Robert Dunworth and [r] retired Lieutenant Ed Boyler. While the gracious donor wishes to remain anonymous we can share the fact that three of the people in the photo went on to careers in law enforcement.
On July 11th family and friends gathered in the Borough Council chambers to witness Captain John “Jack” Fitzsimmons take the oath for his new position. Fitzsimmons, who until his promotion served as a Lieutenant in the Uniform Division, will command the Detective Division and oversee all aspects of investigative services. He joined the Sayreville Police Department in 1993 after serving with the New Jersey Transit Police. Congratulations Captain Fitzsimmons!
Our Explorer Post is active year round and thanks to Chief David Volk and the members of the Perth Amboy Fire Department our Explorers recently participated in an exciting field adventure. The day started with a tour of the Perth Amboy Fire Department boat, Marine 5, which is moored at their Municipal Boat Basin. The Explorers learned about the many special skills involved in fighting ship board fires and performing water rescues under many different conditions. During the instructional period they were treated to some of the most incredible water front views as Marine 5 traveled through the Arthur Kill and in to New York Harbor.
We are grateful to the Perth Amboy Fire Department for their hospitality and providing a realistic overview of their profession.
We have many partners in our effort to prevent children from using drugs and alcohol. Among them are the dedicated teachers of our community who give their time to the Willabees program. Teachers from Eisenhower, Wilson, Truman, Arleth, Our Lady of Victories, and the Sayreville Upper Elementary School volunteer each summer to run a camp at the Public Safety Complex. This year 108 elementary school kids had a chance to enjoy many fun and educational programs and positively interact with Sayreville Officers Scott Poetsch and Keith Grausam [who probably had as much fun as the kids]. We are very thankful to these wonderful teachers who give so freely of their time during their much needed summer vacation.
While school is on Summer recess it is often hard to find activities to keep kids busy. Not so at the Public Safety Complex where our active Law Enforcement Explorer Post recently held a parents night. Parents were treated to demonstrations of some of the skills the Explorers have learned over the past year.
Our Explorers demonstrated simulated motor vehicle stops, processed a simulated crime scene, and even got a few of the Moms and Dads to put on Drunk Driving goggles and try our road course with our pedal powered drunkbusters car.
Supervised by Officer Keith Grausam and assisted by Sergeant Robert Lasko and Officer George Lestuck, this group of teens meets monthly at our facility to learn about careers in Law Enforcement and often help us out at parades and community events. Membership is open to boys and girls aged 15-18.
One June 15th students from the New Road School were treated to a guided tour of the Public Safety Complex conducted by DARE Officer Robert “Officer Bob” Horsch. The students enjoyed a behind the scenes glimpse of many areas including Communications, Municipal Court and the Jail.
On June 8th the New Jersey Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving honored Police Officers from throughout the State for their efforts in combating drunk and impaired drivers. Police Officer Jason Mader was among the honorees in recognition of leading our department in DWI arrests in 2010. Officer Mader is assigned to our Uniform Division and is a certified DRE (Drug Recognition Expert). Congratulations to Officer Mader and all of the honorees.
New Jersey’s laws on fireworks, N.J.S.A. 21:2-1 et seq. and N.J.S.A. 21:3-1 et seq., are very restrictive. In some states, fireworks are permitted to be sold to, and used by, the public. However, in New Jersey, only paper or plastic caps for use in toy guns are legal. Sparkler and novelty items, such as cigarette loads, trick matches, trick noise makers, smoke grenades, toy propellants, snaps & pops, poppetts and champagne poppers, as well as firecrackers, roman candles, rockets, etc., are all illegal in this state.
Well, today is the rollout of our new uniforms and patches. You may have noticed that there are two versions of our department patch, the older scalloped patch and the new shield shaped patch. This year the Sayreville Police Department transitioned to a new look. The daily wear for unformed personnel is now the Class “B” uniform consisting of BDU pants and shirt, a baseball style hat, and the new department patch. Research has shown that this type of uniform is more suitable to the demands of patrol activity.
Another new addition to the uniform is the return of the Police Blouse. These outer garments are worn as part of the Class “A” or dress uniform when we are called upon to participate in ceremonial occasions. The traditional police uniform hat is still worn with this uniform.
The other specialty uniform you may see from time to time is worn by our department bagpipers. As modern policing developed in the United States many urban police departments had large numbers of Irish Americans on their roster. One old Irish tradition that became part of police culture was the presence of bagpipers at ceremonies. Two of our sworn officers and one of our communication operators provide this service as needed. When they dress in the Class “A” uniform they wear traditional kilts made from the fallen officers memorial tartan design.