BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Police Department is implementing a new reporting process, allowing officers to contact residents by phone after an incident has been reported to Somerset County Communications.

According to a release, this measure is being taken to protect officers and personnel of the Bridgewater Police Department, as well as the community, from coronavirus.

Officers, the release said, will contact callers at the number provided to dispatch for crimes and incidents like harassment, hit-and-run accidents, fraud, financial crimes, identity theft, thefts, lost property, criminal mischief, property damage and threats.

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The release said that telephone reports are intended for offenses that do not require a police response due to violence or the need to collect evidence. The officer calling will confirm with the complainant that:

  • It is not an emergency.
  • The complainant knows that filing a false report is a crime.
  • The incident occurred in Bridgewater.
  • The complainant understands that the police department will review the case and contact them if more information is needed

Once the report is taken, the officer will give the complainant a case number to reference at a later date. If documents are needed like written statements, they can be faxed or emailed, brought to the police department or given to the officer outside in the open.

The process allows the public to report crimes in which the complainant does not have access to a computer to utilize the self-reporting system.

Anyone who is requesting a copy of an incident report can call the records bureau at 908-725-4044 or email records@bridgewaterpd.com.

Crash reports can be found at http://policereports.lexisnexis.com.

"We will do our best to assist the public in any way we can," Acting Chief Paul Payne said in the release. "However, we need the community to follow the recommendations of the CDC and limit their exposure risks."