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The Hawthorne Police Department Mission Statement

We the employees of the Hawthorne Police Department are here to serve all people within our jurisdiction with respect, fairness and sensitivity.  Our commitment is to the prevention of crime and to the protection of life and property; the preservation of peace, order and safety; the enforcement of laws and ordinances; and to the safeguarding of constitutional guarantees.  With community policing as our foundation, we are driven by goals to enhance the quality of life, conduct thorough investigations, seek solutions and foster security for citizens in our community.  We nurture public trust by holding ourselves to the highest standards of performance and ethics. 

To fulfill our mission, the Hawthorne Police Department is dedicated to providing its employees with quality training and leadership.

Applications for Firearms Identification Cards and Pistol Purchase Permits are handled through the Detective Bureau.  Completed applications can be returned to Police Headquarters Monday-Friday,

All Applicants Applying for Firearms ID Card/Pistol Purchase Permit - fillable form

* Identigo - Identification fillable form (New Applicants Only)

* Mental Health - fillable form  (All Applicants must complete)

* New Applicants - Guidelines

* Applicants Who Currently Possess Firearms ID Card - Directions & Information 

Residents may register their bicycles at no cost by bringing them to Police Headquarters on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Fingerprinting services are offered to Borough Residents free of charge on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Residents must bring identification.


The HAWTHORNE POLICE DEPARTMENT has received ACCREDITATION from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. This accreditation acknowledges the Department's implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective, meeting 112 standards for professional law enforcement operations.

Police Chief Richard McAuliffe
(973) 427-1800 

Records Desk: 8:30am - 4:30pm
445 Lafayette Avenue
Hawthorne, NJ 07506

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Hawthorne Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT)

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Hawthorne Police Department Core Values Statement