Police & Fire

West Orange Police Department Community Services Unit Hosts Coffee with a Cop Event

WO Officer Brad Squires, Detective Fitzgerald Figliuolo, Essex County Sheriff’s Department, Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, WO Lt. Kevin Bolen and WO Sgt. Pat Matullo Credits: Jessica Marrone Parkes

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In an effort to continue building strong relationships between West Orange residents and the local law enforcement, the West Orange Police Department (WOPD) Community Services Unit hosted its third annual Coffee with a Cop event at the Northfield Avenue Dunkin Donuts on Oct. 7.

Sgt. Pat Matullo, who participated in his first Coffee with a Cop on Friday, said this event is held in a different location around town each year. Lt. Kevin Bolen, who heads the Community Services Unit with Sgt. Matullo and CSU officer Brad Squires were also on hand to interact with the community throughout the morning. Attendees even had a quick surprise visit from Detective Fitzgerald Figliuolo of the Essex County Sheriff’s Department and Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo.

“I’ve been having very good conversations with residents,” said Matullo. “We get asked a lot of questions about anything neighborhood related and really about getting information out in the community.”

Sign Up for E-News

Michelle Gabrielle Caldwell, a West Orange resident, attended coffee with a cop for the first time to address something that happened with other residents in her neighborhood.

“[I also came] to get some tips on how to make life a little bit easier for all of us in these kind of weird times,” she said. “So that was really one of my main reasons for coming. Dt. Brad Squires really gave us some great tips to dealing with some neighborhood issues.”

The WOPD Community Services Unit, which is consisted of police officers assigned to patrol the target areas of concern, was initially created with the intention of breaking the cycle of fear and declining properties in West Orange. In addition to walking post and/or utilizing police mountain bikes, these officers also provide traditional police services, such as arresting offenders, protection of individual rights and maintaining a highly visible presence.

A major part of these particular officers’ job description is to interact with residents and business owners, as they did with this event, and proactively solicit concerns and issues from residents and business owners.

“The CSU officer has become the people’s representative in bringing the township’s services to action on neighborhood problems,” the CSU officer description states. “This same officer also provides the follow-up to insure that the concerns were remedied.”

One of the primary goals of the CSU is also to create a positive impact on the youths of the neighborhood.

For more information on the Community Services Unit, visit the town website HERE.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

Evolve Cycle And Fitness Presale Happening Now!

May 18, 2018

CALDWELL, NJ - Evolve Cycle and Fitness is now offering 10 classes for only $90. That’s only $9 a class when you purchase before its official Grand Opening on Friday, June 1, 2018. 

Only two weeks left to take advantage of this limited time offer! Call Martha at 973-979-5919 or click here to sign up.

Evolve Cycle and Fitness is a Premier Fitness Boutique ...

Save Up To 20% at CNP Treasures

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Are you still looking for the perfect gift for your mom or that special someone in your life for Mother's Day? Then CNP Treasures has you covered! Save up to 20% at CNP Treasures located at 14 Northfield Ave in West Orange.

Come by this weekend so we can help you find the perfect gift! Offer expires Sunday, May ...

Montclair HS Student Reported Sexual Assault in All-Gender Bathroom, Officials Say

May 17, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - According to published reports on Wednesday, Montclair Police officials are investigating allegations of sexual assault reported to have occurred in a bathroom at Montclair High School.

Montclair police officials state that officers received a report about an incident at the high school of a sexual nature that occurred around 3:18 p.m. on Monday. The ...

Upcoming Events


Mon, May 28, 8:00 PM

West Orange High School, West Orange

Board of Education Meeting

Community Calendar Education


Tue, May 29

Essex County

Primary – Vote by Mail deadline


Tue, May 29, 6:30 PM

Council Chambers, West Orange

Township Council Meeting

Clarifying Points Made in Article About WOHS Air Quality Issues

May 14, 2018

Dear Editor, 

I am the advisor to West Orange High School's student newspaper, The Pioneer. My Editor-in-Chief, Anna Favetta, is the student who researched the topic and wrote the article bringing this issue to light. She worked on the article for 4 months before she had adequate and proper information for it to go to print. 

An article on the BOE presentation of the ...

What It Means to Me - A Baseball Story

We are all in amazement of the dedication and talent of our young West Orange athletes. One of the goals of our youth sports programs is to develop our players so they are ready for high school and are prepared for success at that next level of play. Throughout the course of the year we will be featuring some of our talented young athletes and coaches. This week we have the perspective of ...

West Orange On Three!

The spring season is in full swing, and we are excited to debut this new column focusing on all things youth sports!  We thought we would kick things off with an overview of the programs West Orange has to offer, and then go behind the scenes to see what makes youth sports tick.

West Orange Police Athletic League (PAL) and Mountain Top League (MTL), together with the West Orange ...

Summer 2018 Events at the West Orange Public Library

May 15, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Beginning in June, the West Orange Public Library will offer the following events for area residents of all ages:

Dinosaurs’ Rock!                                             

Monday, June 11, 4:00 p.m.

Field Station Dinosaur visits with the ...

Funnel Cloud Appears over South Plainfield

May 16, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A line of heavy thunderstorms roared through South Plainfield on Tuesday evening with a resident capturing a funnel cloud twisting down west and north of Spring Lake Park. The photo captures the funnel cloud, which can be seen in the left-hand side of the photo above.

The photo also captures a school bus driving by, and the South Plainfield Volunteer Fire ...

Avenging Movie Credits

Warning! Nothing you read here will spoil Avengers: Infinity Wars because I didn’t understand it.

As a vibrant, relevant, totally hip and “with it” dad I am proud to say that I have now seen every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  All nineteen of them.

I am less proud to admit that, of those Marvel movies that I can remember, I didn’t understand any of ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...

'The Sting' with Harry Connick Jr. Slithers and Shakes at Paper Mill

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

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 Chicago.  Scott Joplin’s music is intertwined with the show, especially “The ...