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The Princeton Police Department was formed on January 1, 2013 when the Borough of Princeton and the Township of Princeton consolidated forming one Princeton.  The consolidation of the Princeton’s also included the former Borough and Township Police Department’s merging into one police department, the Princeton Police Department.  The Princeton Police Department has a very diverse compliment of highly qualified officers many of whom have earned bachelors and master’s degrees.

The Princeton Police Department is organized by the separation of three Divisions; Operations, Support Services and Investigative.  Within these divisions are the Patrol Bureau, Detective Bureau, Traffic Bureau, K9 Bureau, Records Bureau and the Safe Neighborhood Bureau.  The Department has identified its self as a service oriented police department and participates in many community functions to include, Community Night Out and the Youth Police Academy. 

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Princeton Police Essential Functions

  • Walk, sometimes for long periods of time, in extreme weather conditions, in physically hazardous locations.
  • Run, sometime sprinting at a high rate of speed for a short distance, in extreme weather conditions, in physically hazardous locations.
  • Ascend or descend stairs and ladders.
  • Climb over, pull up over, and jump over obstacles.
  • Jump down from elevated surfaces or areas.
  • Jump or crawl through openings.
  • Crawl under obstructions or in confined areas.
  • Balance on uneven or narrow surfaces.
  • Use body force to gain entrance or break though barriers.
  • Push objects, vehicles, or persons.
  • Pull objects or persons.
  • Lift and carry objects or persons.
  • Drag objects or persons.
  • Sit or stand for extended periods of time.
  • Employ defensive tactics, using balance, leverage, concentration of power, and opponent=s power.
  • Swim.
  • Operate a motor vehicle, during the day or at night, in emergency situations, at high rates of speed, on the open road or in congested traffic, in unsafe conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, rain, ice, or snow.
  • Detain individuals.
  • Stop suspicious individuals and vehicles.
  • Pursue fleeing suspects, in a vehicle, on foot, or on a bicycle.
  • Disarm persons.
  • Restrain or subdue resisting suspects.
  • Effectuate a full physical custody arrest, forcible if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints.
  • Conduct visual and audio surveillance.
  • Perform law enforcement patrol functions, on foot, in a vehicle, or on bicycle.
  • Detect motor vehicle violations and issue summonses.
  • Direct traffic, sometimes for long periods of time, using hand signals, flares, barricades, etc.
  • Observe, record, recall, and report incidents and information.
  • Operate radar equipment.
  • Administer field sobriety tests.
  • Operate a fire extinguisher.
  • Fingerprint, photograph, and videotape, objects, and scenes.
  • Transport citizens, prisoners, and committed mental patients, using handcuffs and other restraints, when appropriate.
  • Work rotating shifts and adapt to irregular working conditions.
  • Work overtime on non-scheduled work days.
  • Maintain mental alertness and readiness to act, even during periods of calm and inactivity.
  • Identify, collect, label, and preserve evidence.
  • Secure the scene of a crime, emergency, or disaster.
  • Stand guard at the scene of a crime, emergency, or disaster to prevent damage, loss, or injury.
  • Control crowds.
  • Secure and evacuate persons from particular areas, using either verbal commands or the appropriate degree of physical force.
  • Perform rescue and support functions at the scenes of accidents, emergencies, and disasters.
  • Administer emergency first aid.
  • Physically check buildings, including doors and windows, to insure they are secure.
  • Remedy hazardous conditions by direct action or notification of appropriate authority or agency.
  • Perform searches of people, vehicles, buildings, and large outdoor areas, which may involve seeing, feeling , and detecting objects, and walking for long periods of time.
  • Search for missing, wanted, or lost persons and evidence.
  • Load, unload, aim, and fire a handgun and shotgun in day and night conditions from a variety of positions at the proficiency level required by qualification standards.
  • Process arrested person, which includes examining documents, communicating verbally, and eliciting and recording information.
  • Understand and follow orders, policies, and procedures.
  • Accept direction and function cooperatively as one member of a unit.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing, detailing incidents and activities of those involved.
  • Prepare written investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols, and mathematical computations.
  • Read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents, including the preparation and processing of documents such as summonses, affidavits, and warrants.
  • Communicate effectively and coherently over telephone, walkie-talkie, or radio, initiating or responding to verbal communications.
  • Communicate effectively in court and in other formal settings.
  • Communicate effectively with people, including juveniles, by giving information and direction, by eliciting information, and by advising of rights, processes, and procedures.
  • Communicate effectively with individuals in an agitated or distraught condition.
  • Integrate individual activities and goals with the efforts of other members of the law enforcement community for the promotion of common goals and objectives.
  • Mediate disputes and confrontations with hostile and potentially violent individuals.
  • Gather information by observation of behavior, visual inspection and oral communication; determine what information is significant; assess a situation based on that information; and exercise independent judgment to make decisions concerning choice of action and equipment.
  • Perform a variety of tasks involving different and sometimes contrasting skills in rapid succession during a short period of time.
  • Exercise independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and/or arrest, and when force may be used and to what degree.
  • Endure verbal, mental, and physical abuse, including threats, taunt, and insults to self, family, and fellow officers.
  • Withstand exposure to and deal appropriately with stress involved in dealing with hostile views, opinions, and behavior in antagonistic settings; with crime victims, accident victims, disaster victims, and their families; with incidents of suicide and domestic violence.

Witherspoon-Jackson Historic District

Web: http://nj.gov/counties/mercer/departments/hcd/program.html

 

Mercer County Affordable Housing Veterans Residence provides rental units for low-income veterans. The rental property is located at 2280 Hamilton Ave., Hamilton, NJ 08619. For more information, visit:

For eligibility and requirements, download the PDF handbook at:

http://nj.gov/counties/mercer/departments/pdfs/housing_veterans_residence_manual.pdf

To view the application, download a PDF copy at: http://nj.gov/counties/mercer/departments/pdfs/housing_veterans_residence_application.pdf

For more information, contact the Mercer County Affordable Housing Program at:

640 South Broad Street, Trenton, NJ 08611

Phone: (609) 989-6858, Fax (609) 989-0306

Web: http://nj.gov/counties/mercer/departments/hcd/program.html

 

3.4.2      Municipality-Specific Housing Programs

In Alphabetical Order by Municipality

Ewing: The Township of Ewing coordinates its affordable housing program in collaboration with

Piazza & Associates. They provide both home sales and rental units for low and moderate-income households.

Princeton Forrestal Village

216 Rockingham Row, Princeton, NJ 08540

Phone: (609) 786-1100, Fax: (609) 786-1105

Email: Ewing@HousingQuest.com

Web: www.piazza-and-associates.com/afhousing.php?pa=jefferson

 

Hamilton: Hamilton Townshipcoordinates its affordable housing program in collaboration with Piazza & Associates. They provide both home sales and rental units for low and moderate-income households.

Princeton Forrestal Village

216 Rockingham Row, Princeton, NJ 08540

Phone: (609) 786-1100, Fax: (609) 786-1105

Email: Hamilton@HousingQuest.com

Web: www.piazza-and-associates.com/afhousing.php?pa=hamiltonwelcome

 

Hamilton: Hamilton Township Housing and Urban Development Office provides information regarding Community Development Block Grant Program (i.e. housing rehabilitation), rental assistance (Housing Choice Voucher Program), and affordable housing.

2090 Greenwood Avenue, P.O. Box 00150 Hamilton, NJ 08650

Phone: (609) 890-3675, Fax: (609) 890-3525

Email: JBlakely@hamiltonnj.com

Web: www.hamiltonnj.com/HUD

 

Hopewell Township: TheTownship of Hopewell affordable housing program provides both for sale homes and rental units. Hopewell’s Affordable Sales are managed by Princeton Community Housing Development Corporation.

One Monument Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540

Phone: (609) 924-3822, ext. 5

Email: necall@princetoncommunityhousing.org

Web: https://www.princetoncommunityhousing.org/communities/hopewell-township-affordable-sales-program

 

Hopewell Borough: Hopewell Borough provides affordable housing in accordance with COAH. Contact the affordable housing liaison for more information.

88 East Broad Street, Hopewell, NJ 08525

Phone: (609) 466-2636, Fax: (609) 466-8511

Email: Michele.hovan@hopewellboro-nj.us

Web: www.hopewellboro-nj.us/departments/administration/affordable-housing/          

 

Hightstown Housing Authority serves low income residents of the Borough of Hightstown and the surrounding areas.

131 Rogers Avenue, Hightstown, NJ 08520

Phone: (609) 448-2268, Fax: (609) 426-9440

Email: kleprevost@Hightstownhousing.org

Web: www.hightstownhousing.org/default.aspx

 

Lawrence Township: Lawrence Township provides affordable housing for both purchasers and renters.

2207 Lawrence Road, P.O. Box 6006, Lawrence Township, NJ 08648

Phone: (609) 844-7087, Fax: (609) 896-0412

Email: Alink@lawrencetwp.com

Web: www.lawrencetwp.com/affhousing.html

 

Pennington Borough has limited affordable housing properties, which are advertised through the New Jersey Housing Resource Center at www.nj.gov/njhrc/find.

For more information, contact the Affordable Housing Liaison:

30 North Main Street, Pennington, NJ 08534-0095

Phone: (609) 737-0276

Email: eheinzel@penningtonboro.org (Eileen Heinzel, current affordable housing liaison)

Web: www.nj.gov/njhrc/find or www.penningtonboro.org

           

Princeton Housing Authority (PHA) is a government corporation that provides housing for low income families in Princeton while promoting self-sufficiency. PHA owns and manages 236 apartments for families, seniors, and disabled residents in addition to five developments in Princeton. Units may have income requirements.

1 Redding Circle, Princeton, NJ 08540

Phone: (609) 924-3448

Web: www.princetonhousing.org/

 

Robbinsville Township: Robbinsville Township provides affordable housing for both sale and rent. For more information, contact the Municipal Housing Liaison/Administrative Agent, Gail Pfister.

2298 Route 33, Robbinsville, NJ 08691

Phone: (609) 259-3600 ext. 110

Email: gailp@robbinsville.net

Web: www.robbinsville-twp.org/departments/affordable_housing/index.php

 

Trenton Housing Authority (THA) provides affordable housing for Trenton residents. For a listing of affordable rental properties in the City of Trenton, visit www.trentonnj.org/ documents/rental_housing_list.doc (Word document). For Trenton Housing Authority eligibility requirements, visit www.tha-nj.org/apply-for-public-housing.

875 New Willow Street, Trenton, NJ 08638

Phone: (609) 278-5000

Web: www.tha-nj.org/apply-for-public-housing

 

West Windsor: TheTownship of West Windsor affordable housing programs are coordinated in collaboration with Piazza & Associates. Sales and rentals are available for low and moderate income households.

Princeton Forrestal Village

216 Rockingham Row, Princeton, NJ 08540

Phone: (609) 786-1100, Fax: (609) 786-1105

Email: Info@HousingQuest.com

Web: www.piazza-and-associates.com/afhousing.php?pa=wwtwp

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