CRANFORD - The Cranford Auxiliary Police Department (CAPD) is conducting an open house/informational session on Tuesday, October 15 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cranford Police Headquarters, located at 8 Springfield Avenue.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the CAPD, its members, how to apply, and attend one of their monthly training sessions. Applications will be available during the open house and CAPD officers will be available for questions. Refreshments will be served. 

The CAPD is a strictly volunteer organization that traces its roots back to 1916. Its members supplement the full-time Cranford Police Department in times of emergencies and participate in various police and civic related activities on a weekly basis. Auxiliary officers play a vital role in community policing and assisting in Cranford’s ability to respond to major storms, floods, traffic emergencies, and large public functions.

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Membership represents an excellent and rewarding way to donate time back to the community of Cranford. Being a Cranford Auxiliary Police Officer is an exciting, fun and productive way to serve your community and help ensure public safety and satisfaction. The CAPD is seeking qualified candidates interested in becoming a Cranford Auxiliary Police Officer.

All Auxiliary police officers receive training at the John H. Stamler Police Academy, with mandatory attendance three times per week during the basic course. Training at the academy is held on Tuesday and Thursday nights and all-day Saturday.

Training provided at the Stamler Police Academy for auxiliary police includes basic police skills consisting of use of force, first-aid, crowd control, and patrol techniques. Thereafter, you will be continually trained locally in basic first-aid and CPR, as well as police procedures and other areas concerning public health, safety, and law and order.

All applicants must be at least 18 years old and must either reside in Cranford or a municipality within 5 miles of Cranford that does not have an auxiliary police unit.

Interested persons can download an “Auxiliary Police Application” from the Cranford Police Department website @

Applications can be submitted throughout the year, but must be submitted prior to 4 p.m. on November 3rd, 2019 to be considered for the 2020 academy class.

Questions may be directed to:

Cranford Police Department @ 908-272-2222.  Ask for Detective Sergeant Russell Luedecker or leave a message on extension # 7479.