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Gloucester Township Police Mission Statement

We the members of the Gloucester Township Police Department, dedicated ourselves to the community in which we serve. We recognize our badge as a symbol of public faith and accept it as public trust, and hold it true to the ethics of service.

As Part of our goal, we will continually strive to….

  • …. Protect the lives and property of the citizens of Gloucester Township
  • …. Preserve the peace and order of the community through the prevention of crime and apprehension of criminals
  • …. Be sensitive, understanding, and responsive to the needs of the community
  • …. Foster and maintain a positive public image of the police department within the community
  • …. Interact with the community by getting organizations, leaders, and citizens involved in the total law enforcement effort
  • …. Be role models to the children of the township, to teach them to resist temptation to do wrong, and to build a relationship based on mutual respect and trust

We will constantly seek to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating ourselves to our chosen profession, Law Enforcement.

The Community of Gloucester Township

Gloucester Township is a township in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. Gloucester Township is made up of a cluster of neighborhoods that make it one of the fastest growing municipalities in Southern New Jersey. As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 66,034 people, and 24,052 households in the township.

The Gloucester Township Police Department responds to nearly 60,000 calls for service each year; this is an average of 5,000 calls per month. Our department consists of over 135 full-time sworn law enforcement officers, 38 special law enforcement officers, 18 telecommunicators, and 13 civilian employees.

The Department is commanded by Chief David J. Harkins, who has been a police officer in Gloucester Township since 1995. Under the oversight of Chief Harkins, the police department is split into three divisions: the Operations Division, Administrative Services Division, and the Community Services Division. Each division is commanded by a Captain of Police.  The Deputy Chief of Police assists Chief Harkins in overall agency operations.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 23.260 square miles. It is well served by the North/South Freeway (Rt. 42), the Black Horse Pike, and numerous well-maintained County and Municipal roads. In fact, as of May 2010, the township had a total of 239.44 miles of roadways.

Gloucester Township has the largest elementary (K-8) school district in the State of New Jersey. The Gloucester Township Public Schools system, serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade at eight elementary schools (grades K-5) and three middle schools (grades 6-8). Students in public school for ninth through twelfth grades attend one of the three high schools that are part of the Black Horse Pike Regional School District. Additionally, Gloucester Township is home to two private schools, the Camden County College Blackwood Main Campus and the Camden County Technical High School Gloucester Township Campus.

The municipal building complex is located at 1261 Chews Landing Road, Gloucester Township, NJ 08012.

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