During the last quarter of 2020, Mayor Lankey moved forward with the addition of 28 new Edison Police Officers, providing the human resources needed to start the Community Oriented Policing Initiative.

After more than a decade of cuts and downsizing in the police department, necessitating a reduction of specialization and elimination of several units, in 2020 the police department moved forward with a paradigm shift, focusing on problem oriented policing. Under a problem oriented policing strategy, units within the police department will be aligned to support the goal of solving problems.

Centralized within the Chief’s Office, Police Administration Bureau, a new Traffic Unit and Community Oriented Policing Unit (COP) were formed.  Under a community oriented policing umbrella, units such as COMPSTAT, COP, and TRAFFIC will cooperate and coordinate together, and with traditional bureaus and units, to solve problems in the community.

Members of the community are invited to contact the Community Policing Unit to contribute, make recommendations or inquire about community based issues facing our Township.  

COP Unit Chat Session on ZOOM

The Edison Police COP Unit went live on March 24th on Zoom. Joined by Chief of Police Thomas Bryan, Sgt. Ship and Officer Dong answered questions from the public on this interactive platform.

Watch the entire ZOOM meeting on Facebook to learn more about the new COP Unit, and look for future sessions coming soon.

The COP Chat Session can be viewed live on Facebook:



The COP Unit is spearheading the police department’s community oriented problem strategy. If you would like to contact our COP Unit to contribute or report a problem in your neighborhood, please use the form below.

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If you have an emergency, please call 9-1-1