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Union County Sheriff Pledges to Build on Progress

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Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan Credits: James Lowney/County of Union
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Last year was a year of change for the Union County Sheriff’s Office, as I was sworn in to my first full three year term. We had a year of progress, with arrests up almost forty percent, the automation of our time and attendance systems, a full scale training exercise for Response to an Active Shooter at the Courthouse Complex, the addition of report management automation and GPS positioning in our cars and the start of implementation of body worn cameras.

We also welcomed over 1.2 million unique visitors to the Courthouse Complex without incident or complaint, transported over fifteen thousand prisoners with no incidents, and initiated a new commitment to training for our officers and clerical personnel.

In addition to training our officers, we have significantly advanced the physical security of the Courthouse Complex through improved security screening processes and a new camera and monitoring system. Our ability to see and monitor all areas within the courthouse complex has been dramatically upgraded, providing additional security for all concerned. Also, in this past year we developed a new website (ucnj.org/sheriff), developed the “Union County Sheriff’s Office” mobile app that is available for free download in both the Apple Store and the Play Store for Android devices, and established a Facebook presence (Sheriff Joe Cryan). We welcome you to follow us, and we certainly solicit your input. 

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A source of pride for our office is our employees’ commitment to excellence and professionalism in their employment here at the Sheriff’s Office, and their commitment as private citizens to the communities they live in and serve. Our Sheriff’s personnel are your neighbors, and share the same values all folks do. They are coaches of Little League baseball, softball, soccer, basketball and football for our youth, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters here in Union County; they are troop leaders of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies, and Girl Scouts. Our personnel are members of numerous First Aid Squads, Volunteer Fire Departments and Junior ROTC. They are school Class Mothers, PTA members, they volunteer for beach clean ups, volunteer with the Community Food Bank in Hillside, rescue dogs, volunteer at animal shelters, and participate with The Center for Hope and Hospice.

More than half of our employees contribute regularly to a variety of charities. Last year alone, they donated more than 100 pints of blood. The people I’m proud to lead are members of civic organizations such as the Elks, the Knights of Columbus, VFW, American Legion, and many more. They come to work as professionals each day, perform random acts of kindness more often than I can list, and every day make Union County and their communities a better place to live.

2016 will provide more challenges for us, as each work day does. Building on our foundation of success, I’m confident we are ready to meet what may lie ahead.

For more information about the Union County Sheriff and all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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Lifelong Elizabeth and Elizabeth Police to Hold  “Walking Safety ” Event

April 18, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Lifelong Elizabeth Program, under Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, will be holding another “Walking Safety Presentation” for Elizabeth residents on Thursday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to Noon, at the Elizabeth Public Library at 11 South Broad Street.

Elizabeth Police Department Sergeant Brian Clancy will provide participants with tips on walking safely and the ...

Countywide Free Scrap Metal Recycling Event to be Held in Rahway and Cranford

UNION COUNTY, NJ - A free Countywide scrap metal recycling event is scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 21 in Rahway and Cranford.  

A wide variety of metal goods, from household appliances to gutters and sheds, are included in the program.

“This countywide program helps to fill a service gap in some Union County municipalities that currently have no pickup for scrap ...

Westfield Firefighters Extinguish Small Blaze at Rock 'n' Joe's

April 15, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ - A small electrical fire started around noon at Rock 'n' Joe's on Prospect Street on Saturday.

According to Deputy Chief Anthony Tiller, the fire was caused by an electrical shortage in wires in the ceiling, sending smoke into the neighboring businesses on both sides.

“It created a smoke condition," Tiller said. "Once we located the fire, we ...

Nightmare Commute for Raritan Valley Line Commuters Monday

April 17, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Raritan Valley Line commuters spent more than three hours trying to make their way home from New York City on Monday following the breakdown of a train near Union Station during rush hour.

At 9:47 p.m., NJT tweeted:

Raritan Valley Line westbound train service is operating on or close to schedule following an earlier disabled NJ Transit train near Union ...

Politics IS Government in Union County

April 22, 2018

After Bruce Paterson of Garwood was stopped from speaking at the Union County freeholder meeting of March 22 regarding the politics behind refusing to give the party line to a sitting freeholder I thought this brazen suppression of free speech could not go unanswered. The April 19 meeting I answered with these comments.

After ten years of following government in Union County I conclude that ...

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

Sharing Strength, Giving Back: Become a Volunteer Advocate for Victims of Sexual Violence

April 23, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that openings are still available in the upcoming training series for Volunteer Advocates for victims of sexual violence. The sessions are scheduled twice weekly beginning on Tuesday, May 1 and continuing until Thursday, June 14.

The training is free. No previous experience in counseling is required. Volunteer Advocates work ...