Important Tips

Animal Cruelty

Remember that the Elizabeth Police Department has established 908-558-2015 as the designated number to call and report instances of Animal Cruelty. Leaving a dog unattended in a vehicle falls under that category, along with several other conditions. Violating these laws will constitute a disorderly person offense, depending on the severity. For more information, view the Number ElizabethNJPolice hashtag on Facebook.

Fireworks Law

The permissible fireworks are limited to handheld or ground-based sparklers, snakes, and glow worms; smoke devices; and trick noisemakers, including party poppers, snappers, and drop pops...

It is a (felony) - punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a $10,000 fine - to illegally sell, offer or expose for sale, or possess with intent to sell, any fireworks other than sparkling devices and novelties.

It is a (misdemeanor) - punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine - to purchase, use, discharge, cause to be discharged, ignite, fire or otherwise set in action, or possess, prohibited fireworks without having the required permit...

View more about the fireworks law on the New Jersey website.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Scam

It is the season for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scam. The IRS does not call you on the phone. They don't send you emails. They are not going to send the police to arrest you. They definitely do not take gift cards, bitcoins, or any other type of nonsense payments. Do not fall for a phone call with a number that comes back on caller ID as an IRS phone number. There are apps that can be downloaded that can spoof any number you want to put in the app. Do not fall for this scam.

Problem Reporting

Reminder: Please call 908-558-2111 to report problems. Let it ring, dispatch may be busy but it will get answered and a cop will get dispatched. If you don't report something, we have no way of knowing about it. Also, calling creates a record of the problem which can be used to show that the problem you are reporting is part of a pattern or a nuisance to the neighborhood. Thanks and have a wonderful day!