Our officers and civilian staff are proud to serve and protect the City of Summit through proactive law enforcement and community outreach. We work in partnership with the people of Summit, NJ to enforce the law, preserve peace, protect all members of the community.
Previous Summit Police Department news releases: 2023 2022
November 13, 2023 - On Sunday evening, November 12, at approximately 7:40PM, there was an attempted entry to a Friar Tuck Circle home. The suspect was seen on video peering through a front window of the home, jiggling the door handle of the locked front door and then running off. The video showed that the suspect was wearing a hoodie and a face covering.
Whether you are at home or away, keeping your doors locked is a fundamental practice in deterring potential criminal activities. Your diligence in securing your property is not only a protection for you but a deterrent against crime in our neighborhoods. Thank you.
November 9, 2023 - At approximately 3:55PM on Sunday, November 5, 2023, Summit Police Department received a report of a dispute in progress at a Canoe Brook Parkway residence. The victim, Summit Common Councilmember Andrew Minegar, stated that he had been canvassing for the November 7 election when he was verbally confronted by Robert Laudati, a 58-year-old male Chatham resident, in the driveway of a home on Canoe Brook Parkway that is owned by Laudati’s parents.
Councilmember Andrew Minegar explained that after walking halfway up the driveway, he encountered Laudati who asked him to leave the property stating that his family did not want to be bothered by Minegar or support his political party. According to Councilmember Minegar, he left the property immediately and walked next door to speak to residents there. Laudati followed Councilmember Minegar onto the neighboring property telling him not to bother them either because it was a Sunday. Laudati became physically aggressive, pushing Minegar and knocking his mobile phone from his hands multiple times while the councilmember was recording the encounter. He also allegedly threw Minegar’s campaign materials into a nearby wooded area.
Councilmember Minegar was not injured during the incident. After a follow up investigation by the Detective Bureau, Laudati was being charged with simple assault; a summons was mailed on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, to his Chatham, NJ address.
Summit police and fire departments, PBA Local 55, FMBA 54, Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad and city officials are joining together to raise awareness about the immediate need for a living donor kidney transplant for Police Officer Karen Stenstrom Sauers. Full news release (pdf)
The primary goal of this new countywide program is to assist drivers with Autism Spectrum Disorder with document organization and to educate them about what to do during interactions with police during a motor vehicle stop. News release
Beginning on August 18, 2023, and continuing through September 4, 2023, the Summit Police Department (SPD) is participating in the annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. The SPD received a grant for $7,000 from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety to initiate the campaign that is focused on removing impaired drivers from the roads and preventing potential tragedies. Click here to learn more.
Summit has a zero tolerance policy for prejudice, racism, bigotry, hatred and violence of any kind
The SPD is committed to ensuring that all citizens regardless of their disability, nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation enjoy the rights guaranteed by NJ law and the US Constitution. Community resources
Arrive Together Partnership
The Summit Police Department is participating in the New Jersey State Arrive Together program, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at improving emergency response to mental health crises by pairing trained mental health professionals provided by Trinitas Regional Medical Center with local law enforcement officers trained in crisis intervention. Full news release
Safe Place Program
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Please take a look at these safety tips to help prevent auto theft in Summit.
Two Streets a Week Campaign
Summit Police Department is working to reduce careless driving through its new "two streets a week" campaign. The purpose of the program is to coordinate enforcement efforts on two streets each week with the goal of reducing speeding and other dangerous traffic violations through an established and ongoing police presence.
Help keep our neighborhoods safe.
Join a voluntary registry of privately-owned video surveillance systems in Summit. The Summit Citizen Eyedirectory is a list of camera locations that will provide detectives with footage in areas where criminal activity has occurred. Program video
Overnight on-street parking rules By municipal ordinance, no vehicle shall be parked on any street during any night of the year between the hours of 2:30AM and 5AM or when snow is forecast. Requests must be received prior to 2AM or subject to a parking citation. Call the police department non-emergency number 908-273-0051 with questions.
Body Camera Program
Uniformed officers assigned to the patrol bureau and traffic unit wear body cameras to capture valuable evidence for investigations and trials. It also documents scenes, interviews, and encounters between the police and citizens, promoting accountability and transparency.
Click here for more info on the grant that is allowing the SPD to equip its officers with body cameras into 2026.
Extreme Risk Protective Order Act of 2018(N.J.S.A. 2C:58-20 to -32) provides procedures for a family or household member to apply for aprotective order against a person who poses a danger of causing bodily injury to self or others by possessing or purchasing a firearm. It prohibits the respondent from possessing or purchasing a firearm or ammunition and from holding a firearms purchaser ID card, permit to purchase a handgun, and permit to carry a handgun. This is a civil court order that is issued by a judge upon consideration of evidence, prompted by a petition by a family or household member, or law enforcement officer. Order on State of NJ website
Protect and prepare your family with Smart911. Citizens can create a safety profile for their household on Smart911 with important information that emergency responders can use in the event of an emergency.
When a citizen makes an emergency call, their safety profile is automatically displayed to the 9-1-1 dispatcher and emergency responders can provide more personalized assistance. Citizens can add important information to their profile such as medical conditions and allergies, property details and layout, information on pets and service animals, family members' phone numbers, emergency contacts, and more. Visit www.smart911.com to get started.
The Summit Police Department has created a series of videos to educate and inform the public. Videos focus on topics relating to safe trick-or-treating, bicycle and automobile theft, identity theft and fraud. Access the videos on YouTube here.
Recorded by HTTV 2020.
Prescription Medication Drop Off
Safely dispose of your unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medications in the drop off box located in the Summit Police Department on the first floor of City Hall. NJ Division of Consumer Affairs has developed Project Medicine Drop in an effort to halt the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs.
**Please do not dispose of syringes in this box. Please remove all personal information from the medicine containers you are depositing into the box. Click here for info on how to dispose of syringes with regular household garbage.
Nixle Alert Options
Sign up for nixle alerts or access the Everbridge app to receive emergency and general notifications from the Summit Police Department.
Please note: If you enter an email address when registering with nixle, you will receive email alerts when the SPD sends advisory, non-emergent messages. To receive only text alert and advisory messages, do not enter an email address. Using the app generates push notifications to your mobile phone and emails. More detailed information and instructions are available here.