Police & Fire

Cranford Police Department First in County to Equip Officers with Tasers

Officer Robert Jordan equipped with a taser Credits: Cranford Police Department
Officer Robert Jordan equipped with a taser Credits: Leah Scalzadonna

CRANFORD, NJ-The Cranford Police Department is the first municipal police department in Union County to provide its trained officers with Conductive Energy Devices, commonly known as Tasers, according to a press release sent by the department on April 5.

The officers were equipped with the devices last week, following a two-day training course conducted by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office CED Training Task Force. The CEDs will be carried by the officers during their normal shifts, according to the press release.

“As with other tools carried by our officers, this is one that I hope they never have to use,” police chief James Wozniak said in the press release. “However, the implementation of these devices allows us to prevent potentially violent situations to escalate to a level where deadly force may otherwise be necessary.”

Sign Up for E-News

The CED program aims to provide officers with tools and options to prevent the use of deadly force. Wozniak selected veteran uniform officers to carry CEDs after the officers completed Crisis Intervention Team training, a 40-hour training program focused on mental illness and techniques to pacify a crisis, according to the press release.

“It allows an added level of protection for our officers and our residents,” Wozniak said in the press release. “The Union County Prosecutor’s Office was a great partner in assisting us in getting our CED program off the ground. The training staff was an excellent source of knowledge, and their program administrator, Captain James Russo, was invaluable.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Mountain Biking in Watchung Reservation Revisited at Freeholders Meeting

March 9, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - Mountain biking in Watchung Reservation was revisited in the public comment session at the Union County Freeholders meeting on Thursday.  The board had voted not to approve building bike trails in May 2017 after a months-long debate.

Jamie Meiselman of Westfield, and co-leader of the Union County Chapter of the Jersey Off Road Bicycling Association (JORBA), raised the ...

Oh Brian's on the Green: St Patrick's Day Line-Up

March 13, 2018

Join us for a fun filled St. Paddy's Day weekend starting Thursday March 15 @ Noon with March Mania. 

There will be Irish food and drink specials throughout the weekend! 

Don't forget about our "Hangover" Brunch Sunday from 11a.m.-2 p.m.M featuring Slane Irish Whisky Enraging

Live Music w/ Local Musician 

A wise Irishman said " May ...

Auction Items Sought for Westfield Area YMCA 14th Annual Golf Classic

The Westfield Area Y is hosting the 14th Annual Golf Classic and Dinner with Live and Silent Auction on Monday, May 14, at Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield. All proceeds will benefit the Y’s financial assistance program and help send a kid to camp or child care at the Y this year.

If you have a vacation home or time share, access to a fine dining establishment, ...

Cranford Police Blotter: Two Drug-Related Arrests

March 13, 2018

The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation. All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

1. 03/05/2018 9:45 p.m.

North Avenue East at John Street

Arrested: Tahir Swinton, 26, Linden

Arrested by: Ptl. Timothy Handy Charges: Possession of Marijuana ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, March 18, 8:00 PM

St Michael's Church, Cranford

The William and Mary Choir Spring Tour

Arts & Entertainment

Mon, March 19, 7:00 PM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

Agents of Change: Women in NJ History


Tue, March 20, 3:30 PM

Cranford Public Library, Cranford

Fun with Poetry Workshop at the Cranford Public ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Proud to support Tom Malinowski for Congress

March 8, 2018

Every single day, whether I want to be or not, I am reminded how important it is that Democrats gain control of the House of Representatives in November and check Donald Trump. Fortunately, there is a terrific candidate in New Jersey's 7th Congressional District who can beat incumbent Leonard Lance. That candidate is Tom Malinowski.

I'm a lifelong New Jersey resident -- including ...