Bridgeton Police Department
As the communities' chief law enforcement agency, the City of Bridgeton Police Department is dedicated to the equitable and impartial enforcement of the laws, statutes, and ordinances, enacted to protect life and property, while also preserving and maintaining the public peace. In carrying out their mission to protect and serve, the Bridgeton Police do so by respecting constitutional rights, human dignity, and community values.
The Bridgeton Police Department is committed to the enhancement of community-police partnerships; focused on assisting members of the community in identifying and resolving problems in an effort to improve quality of life community-wide. Collectively and individually, the department is committed to providing the highest quality law enforcement service possible, while continuously striving to maintain the highest standards of their profession.
At peak manpower, the department operates with sixty-five (67) full-time officers, and up to four Class II officers, one animal control officer, seven telecommunications officers, and a civilian staff of five. The department is comprised of various bureaus including Patrol, Criminal Investigation, Internal Affairs, and Administrative. The backbone of the department is the Patrol Bureau consists of four squads supervised by a Lieutenant and Sergeant per squad. The department's Criminal Investigations Bureau is commanded by a Lieutenant and Sergeant along with the Juvenile Unit supervised by a Sergeant that incorporates the department's Police Athletic League (PAL). The Administrative Bureau/Special Service Unit is commanded by a Lieutenant and Sergeant and the Internal Affairs Bureau comprised of a Sergeant and Detective falls under the command of the Chief of Police.
Capt. James Battavio serves as the department's Executive Officer in command of all bureaus and second-in-command under Chief of Police Michael A. Gaimari Sr. Both were promoted to their respective positions in May 2015.
The department's headquarters and base of operations are located at 330 Fayette Street
The Bridgeton Police Department welcomes the opportunity to interact with the community as part of its "Building Community Partnerships" initiative. Whether it is a question, tip, concern, compliment, or complaint, the department wants to give our residents the opportunity to be heard.
In 2020 the department embarked on a community-friendly partnership initiating an information system through Online Policing Solution (OPS), one of the first along with the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office, to go online in the country. The venture not only provides for law enforcement interaction and information exchange throughout the county and state but features a thorough community interactive platform for the public, including:
- Press Releases
- Camera Registration
- Community Links
- Recruitment Information
- Internal Affairs Complaint Portal
- Commendation Portal
- Special Needs Registry
- Real-time Blotter (Pending)
The platform also has a self-contained anonymous TIP portal (BPD.TIPS) Community Interface Website where information can be received from the public 24 hours a day completely anonymously and allowing officers can respond accordingly maintaining the person's anonymity!
The site remains a constant work in progress but can be accessed by any member of the public at the Community Interface Website.
The department also maintains its Facebook page.
The Bridgeton Police Department welcomes the opportunity to share information with the community they serve. While police work centers on interacting with the community. In this section, monthly, quarterly, and year-end reports will be posted for public viewing as they become available. Please go to "Government" and "More" to find the reports as they are made available. Thank you.