Sean D. Conrad
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?
      - If I inherit a firearm, what must I do?
      - 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?
      - 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 prospective 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?

Yes. 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 as your home state.



          Can I borrow a gun?

In New Jersey, you may borrow a gun for hunting from the owner of that weapon for a period of no more than eight (8) consecutive hours in a twenty-four (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 weapon's owner must remain in close proximity to you and the weapon at all times.



          Can I get a permit to carry a weapon?

If you reside in New Jersey, you must apply to the municipal police department where you reside. 

If the municipality where you reside is serviced by the New Jersey State Police, you must apply at the barracks which covers your municipality. 

Out of state residents must apply to the New Jersey Police barracks nearest to their geographic location. 

Armored car employees must apply to the New Jersey State Police, regardless of where they reside.

New Jersey does not have laws which allow individuals with valid carry permits from other states to carry a handgun in New Jersey.



          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.



          If I inherit a firearm, what must I do?

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:58-3j, a firearm purchaser identification card and/or handgun purchase permit shall not be required for the passing of a firearm upon the death of another thereof to his/her heir or legatee, whether the same be by testamentary bequest or by the laws of intestacy. The person who shall so receive, or acquire said firearm shall, however, be subject to all other provisions of this chapter. If the heir or legatee of such firearm does not qualify to possess or carry it, he may retain ownership of the firearm for the purpose of sale for a period not exceeding 180 days, or for such further limited period as may be approved by the chief law enforcement officer of the municipality in which the heir or legatee resides or the superintendent, provided that such firearm is in the custody of the chief law enforcement officer of the municipality or the superintendent during such period.



          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 New Jersey State Police 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?

N.J.S.A. 2C:58-3:  Purchase of Firearms

     (a)      A Permit to Purchase a Handgun:  No person shall sell, give, transfer, assign or otherwise dispose of, nor receive, purchase or otherwise acquire a handgun unless the purchaser, assignee, donee, receiver or holder is licensed as a dealer under this chapter or has first secured a permit to purchase a handgun as provided by this section.

     (b)     Firearms purchaser identification card. No person shall sell, give, transfer, assign or otherwise dispose of nor receive, purchase or otherwise acquire an antique cannon or a rifle or shotgun, other than an antique rifle or shotgun, unless the purchaser, assignee, donee, receiver or holder is licensed as a dealer under this chapter or possesses a valid firearms purchaser identification card, and first exhibits said card to the seller, donor, transferor or assignor, and unless the purchaser, assignee, donee, receiver or holder signs a written certification, on a form prescribed by the superintendent, which shall indicate that he presently complies with the requirements of subsection c. of this section and shall contain his name, address and firearms purchaser identification card number or dealer's registration number. The said certification shall be retained by the seller, as provided in paragraph (4) of subsection a. of N.J.S.A. 2C:58-2, or, in the case of a person who is not a dealer, it may be filed with the chief of police of the municipality in which he resides or with the superintendent. 

     (c)     Who may obtain. No person of good character and good repute in the community in which he lives, and who is not subject to any of the disabilities set forth in this section or other sections of this chapter, shall be denied a permit to purchase a handgun or a firearms purchaser identification card, except as hereinafter set forth. No handgun purchase permit or firearms purchaser identification card shall be issued:

               (1)     To any person who has been convicted of any crime, or a disorderly persons offense involving an act of domestic violence as defined in section 3 of P.L.1991, c.261 (C. 2C:25-19), whether or not armed with or possessing a weapon at the time of such offense;

              (2)    To any drug dependent person as defined in section 2 of P.L.1970, c.226 (C. 24:21-2), to any person who is confined for a mental disorder to a hospital, mental institution or sanitarium, or to any person who is presently an habitual drunkard;

              (3)  To any person who suffers from a physical defect or disease which would make it unsafe for him to handle firearms, to any person who has ever been confined for a mental disorder, or to any alcoholic unless any of the foregoing persons produces a certificate of a medical doctor or psychiatrist licensed in New Jersey, or other satisfactory proof, that he is no longer suffering from that particular disability in such a manner that would interfere with or handicap him in the handling of firearms; to any person who knowingly falsifies any information on the application form for a handgun purchase permit or firearms purchaser identification card;

              (4)  To any person under the age of 18 years for a firearms purchaser identification card and to any person under the age of 21 years for a permit to purchase a handgun;

              (5)  To any person where the issuance would not be in the interest of the public health, safety or welfare;

              (6)  To any person who is subject to a restraining order issued pursuant to the "Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991," P.L.1991, c.261 (C. 2C:25-17, et seq.) prohibiting the person from possessing any firearm;

              (7)  To any person who as a juvenile was adjudicated delinquent for an offense which, if committed by an adult, would constitute a crime and the offense involved the unlawful use or possession of a weapon, explosive or destructive device or is enumerated in subsection d. of section 2 of P.L.1997, c.117 (C. 2C:43-7.2); or

              (8)  To any person whose firearm is seized pursuant to the "Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991," P.L.1991, c.261 (C. 2C:25-17, et seq.) and whose firearm has not been returned.

 



          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 must show a valid Firearms Purchaser Identification card plus one additional form of photo identification and complete a Certificate of Eligibility.  The information contained on the Firearms Purchaser Identification card must match the identification of the transferor.  A Certificate of Eligibility can be obtained at any licensed firearms dealer, or the NJSP website.
 



          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 are going to school abroad, traveling abroad, or a new job.  To obtain one, you must submit your request in writing and must contain the following:

  1. Your full name and any aliases; 
  2. Your current address and how long you have lived there;
  3. Any past Jefferson Township addresses and how long you lived there;
  4. Your date of birth;
  5. Social security number; and
  6. The date you need the letter by.

 

Your request may either be:

  • Mailed to "Office of the Chief of Police, Jefferson Twp. Police Department, 1033 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong, NJ,
  • Emailed to squenault@jeffersonpolice.com,
  • Faxed to 973-697-8702, or
  • Hand delivered to police headquarters. 

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?

Permanent Disabled Parking Placards are issued by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.  

To obtain one, you need to bring a completed application (2 pages) into any local Motor Vehicle Office. The application is available on the NJ MVC website, or, for the convenience of our residents, we have placed a link to the permanent disabled parking placard application on the "Office of the Chief" page of our website, which you can access by clicking the "Office of the Chief" link to the left of this page and then scroll down until you reach the section about permanent disabled parking placards. There is no fee to obtain a permanent disabled parking placard and ID card, and they are issued by motor vehicle while you wait; however, if your application is not completed properly, issuance of your placard may be delayed until you supply whatever information NJ MVC tells you 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 available ONLY from the Chief of Police. You can obtain 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 (no cash, no exceptions) 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. While they WILL give you an application, it will always be for a permanent placard, and 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 or emailed to you.



          How do I obtain a Temporary disabled parking placard?

You need to complete the proper 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") (no cash, no exceptions) to police headquarters. If you want to wait for your temporary disabled permit to be issued, you must call first (973-208-6151) to be sure the Chief's Administrative Assistant will be present 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 this page.



          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, a prescription from your doctor, and your driver's license 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 permanent 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.  

It is illegal to use another person's placard, and a police officer can verify who the placard belongs to by looking up the number at the bottom of the placard.  If you use a placard that does not belong to you, not only will you receive a summons for parking in a disabled parking space without authorization, but the actual placard owner may lose their privilege to possess and use 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, administrative 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 prospective 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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