UNION, NJ - Police and Fire Department incidents from the prior two weeks were reported at the February 23, 2021 Township Committee meeting as follows:

Fire Department

Fire Commissioner Clifton People Jr. said the Fire Department responded to 170 incidents over the past two weeks. 

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On Tues., Feb 16 at 6:10 a.m., firefighters responded to the Home Depot on Springfield Ave. for a vehicle fire in the parking lot.  On arrival, an engine compartment fire was found extending into the passenger compartment.  The fire was quickly extinguished.  There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. 

On Wed., Feb 17 at 2:55 a.m., firefighters responded to Route 22 East near Vauxhall Rd. for a motor vehicle accident with a reported rollover.  On arrival, firefighters discovered one vehicle had hit a telephone pole and snow bank before rolling over and ending up upright blocking both lanes.  The other vehicle had minor damage and there were no reported injuries at the scene. 

On Wednesday Feb 17 firefighters responded to Route 78 Eastbound at 9:35 a.m. for a rollover with injury and entrapment.  Upon arrival, a one car accident was found off the roadway near the wall for Springfield Ave.  One victim was removed and transported to University Hospital.

Police Department

According to Police Commissioner and Deputy Mayor Joseph Florio there were 968 calls for service in the past two weeks.  There were 994 directed patrols and there were 38 arrests. 

Florio also said there has been an increase in work truck thefts, burglaries to work vans and thefts of catalytic converters over the past month.  “These types of crimes are not unique to Union,” Florio said, “and northern New Jersey has been experiencing the same type of problems.”  He said the New Jersey State Police Auto Theft task force held a meeting with interested detectives, including those from Union, and formed a task force to investigate the thefts with the State Police as lead agency.  He said in addition to thefts from around town, there were 42 catalytic converter thefts in January from Open Road Chevrolet on Route 22.  

Florio said the State Police obtained arrest warrants for suspects and arrests were made on February 19 in Irvington and East Orange.  State Police also discovered a suspect near Liberty Avenue who appeared to be in the process of stealing a vehicle.  Patrol officers responded and the suspects fled, driving away at high speed, without pursuit, when they went through a red light at Morris and Liberty Avenues and crashed.  “Our police department, cooperating with a lot of other agencies, keep us safe here in Union,” added Florio.