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The Traffic Unit investigates motor vehicle crashes with serious injuries or fatalities and collects traffic data to identify problematic areas to determine the need for additional enforcement activities.  Traffic data is collected by several solar powered speed signs installed throughout town and also by deploying road tubes, which collect vehicle speeds, vehicle counts and direction of travel.  The Traffic Unit coordinates the deployment of the department message board which also acts as a portable speed limit advisory sign.  The Traffic Unit has officers who are trained in Alcotest, DRE (Drug Recognition Expert), SFST (Standardized Field Sobriety Testing), ARIDE (Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement), Radar, Lidar, Crash Investigation, and Child Safety Seat Installation.  



  • Sergeant Leigh Leaf #197


  • Officer Kevan Murphy # 194

  • Officer Kevin Brogan # 196


The Motor Unit 

The Traffic Unit Supervisor oversees our Motorcycle Unit. The Essex Fells Police Department’s first motorized patrol was the purchase of a motorcycle in 1916.  The Motorcycle Unit was brought back into service in 2011.  The Essex Fells Police Department Motor Unit currently consists of one fully equipped 2020 Harley Davidson FLHP Police Road King.  The Motor Unit Officers ride year-round unless the roads are snow covered.  Motor Officers conduct targeted traffic enforcement, specialized escorts, community policing, ceremonial details, as well as enhance our patrol and response capabilities in times of heavy pedestrian or vehicular traffic.


Officers assigned to our Motor Unit must successfully pass and recertify annually the rigorous "Maryland State Police Basic Police Motorcycle Operators Course".  This course is certified by the Maryland State Police and accredited by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and the University of Maryland.  Our Motor Unit is staffed with highly trained and skilled Motor Officers, including a certified instructor who teaches motorcycle operations at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute annually. 


School Crossing Guards

Crossing guards are civilians who have been trained to ensure the safety and welfare of students as they travel to and from school by directing traffic and signaling the safe crossing of dangerous streets and intersections.  There are currently two crossing guard posts in town, Roseland Ave. at Forest Way and Roseland Ave. at Borough Place.


To obtain a copy of a crash report


Seatbelt Laws


Child Safety Seat Laws


Child Safety Seat Installation

*Essex Fells residents can also call the Essex Fells Police Department to schedule a car seat installation by one of our certified technicians 


Safe Kids World Wide – The Ultimate Car Seat Guide

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