ELIZABETH, NJ – Mayor Christian Bollwage issued the following statement regarding actions by any outside agency seeking police assistance, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in the city of Elizabeth.

“Any outside agency that requests the help of Elizabeth police needs to present the warrant to the chief or the officer in charge and a decision will be made in reference to the assistance requested,” said the mayor.

His remarks were prompted by an incident that occurred last Friday when ICE agents attempted to arrest a woman from a home on Broad Street. When there was no answer, the agents requested the help of Elizabeth police. Two officers responded and found that the woman in question was not home. Elizabeth police did not see the warrant.

In addition, the mayor corrected a report published by News 12 stating the city’s police would not cooperate without a judicial warrant. “I never said I would not cooperate,” he said. “That is completely wrong.”