Kevin M. Craig
Chief of Police


1033 Weldon Rd
Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849

973 697 1300 Police HQ
973 697 7230 Main Fax

FAQs  

Detective Bureau
   Firearms
      - Can I apply for a NJ Firearms ID Card or permit to purchase a handgun if I am not a US citizen?
      - Can I apply for a NJ Firearms ID Card or Permit to purchase a handgun if I live out of state?
      - Can I borrow a gun?
      - Can I get a permit to carry a weapon?
      - Can I purchase a weapon outside of NJ?
      - What are the laws regarding assault weapons?
      - What are the laws regarding high capacity magazines?
      - What are the requirements to apply for all applicants?
      - What are the requirements to purchase a handgun?
      - What are the requirements to purchase a rifle?
      - What do I need to do if I purchase or am given/willed a long-arm from a private citizen?
      - Where can I purchase a weapon?
 
Office of the Chief
   Letters of Good Conduct
      - I need a letter of good conduct, how can I get that?
 
   Disabled Parking Placards
      - Where can I get an application for a Permanent Disabled Parking Placard?
      - Where can I get an application for a Temporary disabled parking placard?
      - How do I obtain a Temporary disabled parking placard?
      - How do I obtain a Permanent disabled parking placard?
      - Why are some disabled parking placards blue and some red?
 
Police Records Bureau
   Records
      - Are accident reports considered public information?
      - Is a victim of identity theft entitled to a copy of the investigation report?
      - Is arrest or crime information considered public information?
      - Can I do a check on my friend, neighbor or relative?
      - Can I do a record check on a perspective employee (babysitter, gardener)?
      - My previous employer did a record check; is it necessary to have another done for a new job?
      - Can an attorney or private detective do a background check?
 


Detective Bureau To Top
    Firearms
          Can I apply for a NJ Firearms ID Card or permit to purchase a handgun if I am not a US citizen?
If you are not a citizen of the United States, you may still apply for an ID card or permit to purchase a handgun.



          Can I apply for a NJ Firearms ID Card or Permit to purchase a handgun if I live out of state?
If you live outside of New Jersey and want a Firearms ID card, you may apply at your closest NJ State Police barracks. You may NOT apply for a permit to purchase a handgun in New Jersey.

If you have dual-residence, refer to where you pay income tax and/or vote for home state.




          Can I borrow a gun?
In NJ, you may borrow a gun for hunting from the owner of that weapon for a period of no more than 8 consecutive hours in a 24 hour period; however, you must not be restricted by any of the requirements that would prohibit you from purchasing a weapon yourself, and the weapons owner must remain in close proximity to you and the weapon at all times.
 




          Can I get a permit to carry a weapon?

Anyone wishing to apply for a Permit to Carry needs to call or email the firearms investigator for details regarding the same.
 



          Can I purchase a weapon outside of NJ?
You may not purchase any weapons from any person or shop outside of New Jersey. If you desire a weapon for sale out of state, that weapon would have to be transferred or sold to a federally licensed dealer in NJ for you to then purchase from them.
 




          What are the laws regarding assault weapons?
Assault weapons, as defined in N.J.S.A. 2C:39-1w, are prohibited in New Jersey at all times. You must apply to your County Prosecutor’s Office for a permit to obtain assault weapons. For more information on what an assault weapon is, you may call or email the firearms investigator, check the N.J.S.P. website, or review the aforementioned statute available online.
 




          What are the laws regarding high capacity magazines?
High-capacity magazines are illegal unless there is a permanent block welded or similar to comply with the law. High-capacity is a magazine that holds 16 or more rounds.



          What are the requirements to apply for all applicants?

Can never have been convicted of any degree crime in NJ or the equivalent of such crimes in any other state that has not been expunged or sealed

  1. Must not be a habitual drunkard,
  2. Cannot be an alcoholic
  3. Must not be drug dependent,
  4. Must not currently - or have ever been - confined for a mental disorder.
  5. Must not falsify any information on application
  6. Must not be prohibited from possessing weapons or ID card from a court order
  7. Must not have any physical defect that would make it unsafe to handle a firearm

 



          What are the requirements to purchase a handgun?

Persons wanting to purchase a handgun (including bb gun) or handgun frame must apply for a Permit to Purchase a Handgun and must be 21 years old.

 



          What are the requirements to purchase a rifle?
Persons wanting to purchase rifles (including black powder, BB and pellet) and shotguns need to apply for a Firearms Identification card must be 18 years old.
 




          What do I need to do if I purchase or am given/willed a long-arm from a private citizen?
If you purchase a long-arm from a private citizen, you will need to complete a Certificate of Eligibility, which can be found on the State Police website or at your local PD.



          Where can I purchase a weapon?
You may purchase weapons at any federally or state licensed gun shop within New Jersey or any private citizen.



 
Office of the Chief To Top
    Letters of Good Conduct
          I need a letter of good conduct, how can I get that?
Letters of good conduct are requested for a variety of reasons, the most frequent of which is going to school abroad or traveling abroad.  To obtain one, you must submit your request in writing to "Kevin M. Craig, Chief of Police, Jefferson Township Police Department, 1033 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong, NJ  07849," and your request must contain your full name and any aliases, your current address and any past Jefferson Township addresses, your date of birth, social security number, and the date by which you need the letter.  Your request may either be mailed to the address given, emailed to squenault@jeffersonpolice.com, faxed to 973-697-8702, or hand delivered.  It is important that you check with the organization requiring the letter of good conduct, as in some cases, the letter must be dated no more than a certain amount of time from the date of travel.


 
    Disabled Parking Placards
          Where can I get an application for a Permanent Disabled Parking Placard?
The application is available on the NJ MVC website, or you may click the "Office of the Chief" link to the left of this webpage and scroll down until you reach the section about permanent disabled parking placards.  There is a link to the permanent application for the convenience of our residents.  There is no fee to obtain a permanent disabled parking placard and ID card and they are issued while you wait, however, if your application is not completed properly, issuance of your placard may be delayed until you supply whatever information is needed to make your application complete.


          Where can I get an application for a Temporary disabled parking placard?
Applications for TEMPORARY disabled parking placards are ONLY available from the Chief of Police.  You can obatin such application from any police chief's office in the state of NJ; however, when applying for the placard, the completed application and a check or money order for $4.00 must be brought to the police chief's office in the town where you reside.  In addition, despite what you might be told, even by a NJ MVC employee, local Motor Vehicle Offices do NOT have the applications necessary to obtain a temporary disabled parking permit.  They WILL give you one, but if you bring it in to the police department to obtain a temporary disabled parking placard, your request will be denied and you will have to complete the proper application as described above (which includes going back to your doctor to have him complete his section of the application).   Applications are available 24/7 at our Police Communications window, or you may call 973-208-6151 or email squenault@jeffersonpolice.com and ask to have one mailed to you.


          How do I obtain a Temporary disabled parking placard?
You need to complete the application and also have it completed by your doctor.  Bring the completed application, along with your check or money order for $4.00 (payable to "NJ Motor Vehicle Commission," or "NJ MVC") to police headquarters.  If you want to wait for your temporary disabled permit to be issued, you must call first to be sure the Chief's Administrative Assistant will be there when you arrive.  Otherwise, you may drop off your application and check (write your phone number on top of the application) and you will be contacted when your placard is ready.  You can get further information by clicking on the "Office of the Chief" link at the left side of the webpage.


          How do I obtain a Permanent disabled parking placard?
Permanent disabled parking placards ARE NOT issued by the Chief's Office.  They are issued solely through the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission. You must bring your completed application into any NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Office, and your Permanent Disabled Parking Placard and Disabled Person ID Card will be issued while you wait, provided your application is completed properly.


          Why are some disabled parking placards blue and some red?
The red placards are temporary and have a placard number beginning with "T."  The blue placards are permaent and have a placard number beginning with "P."  When displaying the blue placard, you must also be in possession of the Disabled Person Identification Card if asked by a police officer seeking to verify you are the legal owner of the placard.


 
Police Records Bureau To Top
    Records
          Are accident reports considered public information?
Yes.  Because you are required by law to make a report of a motor vehicle accident, a New Jersey Crash report is considered public information.  Some fatal accident reports can be considered criminal investigatory reports.


          Is a victim of identity theft entitled to a copy of the investigation report?
Yes.  Under N.J.S.A. 2C:21-17.6, law enforcement agencies are required to provide a copy of the report to identity theft victims.


          Is arrest or crime information considered public information?
Yes.  Where a crime has been reported but no arrest yet made, information as to the type of crime, time, location and type of weapon, if any.
  1. If an arrest has been made for any crime information as to the name, address and age of any victims, unless there has not been sufficient opportunity for notification of next of kin of any victims of injury and/or death to any such victim or where the release of the names of any victim would be contrary to existing law or court rule. In deciding on the release of information as to the identity of a victim, the safety of the victim and the victim's family, and the integrity of any ongoing investigation, shall be considered;
  2. Information as to the defendant's name, age, residence, occupation, marital status and similar background information and the identity of the complaining party, unless the release of such information is contrary to existing law or court rule;
  3. Information as to the identity of the investigating and arresting personnel and agency and the length of the investigation;
  4. Information of the circumstances immediately surrounding the arrest, including but not limited to the time and place of the arrest, resistance, if any, pursuit, possession and nature and use of weapons and ammunition by the suspect and by the police; and
  5. Information as to circumstances surrounding bail, whether it was posted and amount thereof.
  6. When it shall appear that the information requested or to be examined will jeopardize the safety of any person or jeopardize any investigation in progress or may be otherwise inappropriate to release, such information may be withheld. This section is intended to be narrowly construed to prevent disclosure of information which would be truly harmful to a bona fide law enforcement purpose or public safety if released.


          Can I do a check on my friend, neighbor or relative?
No.  State law governs the dissemination of criminal history record information compiled and maintained by the Division of State Police.

New Jersey's Open Public Records Act (OPRA), N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1, et seq. exempts criminal history record information from the category of records automatically available to the public. Only a federal or state statute, rule, regulation, administration code or executive order could mandate release of criminal history record information to you. Criminal history record information may only be accessed by an authorized individual or agency for an authorized purpose



          Can I do a record check on a perspective employee (babysitter, gardener)?
Yes.  N.J.A.C. 13:59-1.2(a)2 authorizes the dissemination of criminal history record information to a person or non-governmental entity of this State for the purpose of employment.


          My previous employer did a record check; is it necessary to have another done for a new job?
Yes.  Since the results of a record check are dated and may have changed since your last background check, your new employer may require a new check be conducted.  This, of course, is at the discretion of your new employer.


          Can an attorney or private detective do a background check?
Yes.  N.J.A.C. 13:59-1.2(a)3 authorizes attorneys licensed by the state of New Jersey to obtain criminal history record information for any contested matters docketed in any State or Federal courts or administrative agencies of this State.
Requests must be by Subpoena.

Yes.  N.J.A.C. 13:59-1.2(a)4 authorizes private detectives licensed by the Division of State Police pursuant to N.J.S.A. 45:19-8, et seq. for purposes of obtaining information in furtherance of the performance of their statutorily authorized functions, as specifically enumerated by N.J.S.A. 45:19-9(a)1 to 9.
Requests may be submitted utilizing the SBI 212B Form.





 


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