About the Bayonne Police
According to the Bayonne Police Department,
“The police force was created by ordinance on September 6, 1869. Originally appointments consisted of one patrolman
from each ward. The first three patrolmen were Thomas Connelly, Jack Van Pelt and Hartman Vreeland. One year later, on September
6, 1870, George B. Whitney was named as Chief of Police of the already formed police department.
Over the years the Bayonne Police
Department had developed into a modern law enforcement and service oriented agency. Today’s police officer is better
trained, better educated and better equipped than his predecessor. New recruits
are mandated to complete a seventeen-week Basic Police Training Course. Although a college education is not a requirement
to become a police officer, approximately fifty percent of today’s sworn
officers either have a college degree or have attended college courses.
Since the institution of the Bayonne
Police Department in September of 1869, over nine hundred officers have been appointed to the organization. Presently there
are two hundred and forty-three sworn officers assigned to the police department which include one Chief, three Deputy Chiefs,
nine Captains, fourteen Lieutenants, forty-one Sergeants and one hundred and seventy-four Police Officers.”