Robert N. Regalbuto
Chief of Police
WILDWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT
4400 New Jersey Avenue
Wildwood, NJ 08260
Fax (609) 522-3508
The Patrol Division is the backbone of our department and consists of the largest compliment our officers. This is also the most visible unit and usually the first contact a member of the public has with a police officer is from the patrol division. The Wildwood Police Department currently employs forty three fully sworn law enforcement officers.
Recently, Wildwood received a grant from the Office of Community Oriented Police Services, commonly known as COPS for the hiring of three additional full time law enforcement officers under the Recovery Act. These officers have been hired and are currently attending the Cape May County New Jersey Police Training facility.
During the winter months, the City of Wildwood maintains an estimated population of approximately 5,400 residents. Since the City of Wildwood is a major shore resort and vacation attraction community, Wildwood’s population surges in excess of well over 150,000 residents, visitors and guests during the summer months.
The Wildwood Police Department employs Class II Special Law Enforcement Officers to assist with this increased population during the summer. Most Special law Enforcement Officers are college students, usually but not always, criminal justice majors. Working with our department provides valuable experience to the individual as well as allows the officer to receive credits towards their degree as well as supplementing our ranks.
Wildwood utilizes numerous patrol methods, including vehicle patrol, bicycle patrol, foot patrol and instituted this year Segway patrol. Officers are assigned according to the need at the time, dependant upon the current activities scheduled throughout the summer.
Wildwood hosts hundreds of special events during the summer, including the American Legion and V.F.W. conventions, the New Jersey State Firemen’s Convention and also the “Roar to the Shore”. The “Roar to the Shore” is one of the largest Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiast’s rallies on the east coast, with visitors from throughout the United States and is only surpassed by Laconia, N.H. and Daytona Beach, Fla.
The Wildwood Police Department’s Detective Division utilizes several highly trained detectives that are involved in the daily investigation of violent crimes, crime scene investigations, arrest of offenders, investigation of missing persons, undercover narcotics investigations and applicant background investigations as well as the preparation of these cases for upcoming trials in court.
While highly training and well experienced, these officers frequently receive assistance from the public. The eyes and ears of our local citizens and visitors to our community are some of the most vital tools in the police officer’s’ arsenal. Critical information provided by citizens in the past has resulted in the identification and arrest of numerous violent offenders. More frequently than not, local citizens observe a criminal offense during the commission of the act, and can provide valuable information to the police investigators. However it is understandable in this day and age that people are apprehensive and sometimes even afraid of calling the police for fear of retribution or retaliation from the offender.
Anyone having information about a past criminal act, narcotics information, suspicious activity or the identity or location of wanted offenders may provide information by sending an email to the Detective Division. Please provide as much detail as possible ads well as your contact information and how we may reach you. Any information provided will be kept confidential should you so desire.
All residents and visitors are always urged to:
Dial 9-1-1 In Case Of Emergency
You may remain anonymous! NO Caller I.D. 609-465-2800 Toll Free 1-800-465-2801
The Police Communications Center commonly known as “Dispatch” is manned by civilian employees. These communications officers are required to perform a full range of radio and telephone operational duties in directing public safety personnel and equipment.
Dispatchers must receive, identify and accurately evaluate emergency and routine calls for police services. Additionally they are required to answer all 911 calls for Fire and EMS services as well, all while monitoring and maintaining the status of all police personnel and units as to their location and availability.
As you can imagine, the Police Communications Center is a very fast paced and stressful working environment. Our communications officers handle large call volumes flawlessly and direct emergency first responders to various locations throughout the city. The Communications Center is the epicenter of our department thanks to the professionals that answer the telephones and radios.
The Records Division is charged with maintaining all of the records generated by the officers of this department. Within the past two years, the Wildwood Police Department has made efforts to make all reports “paperless”. While vast improvements have been made not every report can be computerized. The records clerks are responsible for the maintaining of security of all documentation, providing any reports, video and or audio recordings as well as officer’s certifications to both prosecution and defense attorneys for discovery.
Also the records division handles the scheduling of all fingerprint requests. If you need to be fingerprinted for an employment application, firearms application, taxi license or other reasoning please contact this office. You may only be fingerprinted in the township or city in which you reside. ONLY Wildwood residents will be fingerprinted by the Wildwood Police Department.
The fee for fingerprinting is $3.00 per person and must be scheduled Monday through Friday 7:00am to 10:00am. To schedule an appointment, please call the number listed below and ask for the Records Division.
Any requests under the Open Public Records Act are also filed through this office. If you are interested in obtaining records maintained by our department under OPRA, please complete the form below. You may send in the form with a self addressed return envelope with your payment enclosed. You may also pick up the requested documents at Police Headquarters should you so desire after you receive notification that your request has been completed.
Should you need additional assistance in completing this form, please contact one of our records clerks who will be more than happy to assist you.
Wildwood Police Department
Attn: Records Division
4400 New Jersey Avenue
Wildwood, N.J. 08260
Are you interested in law enforcement? Would you like to do something about problems in your community? If so, we invite you to become actively involved with the Wildwood Police Department by applying for membership in our Police Explorer Post. It is not necessary to be a resident of Wildwood.
What is Police Exploring?
Exploring is a youth oriented program held in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America. The primary purpose is to provide a means by which young men and women may determine, through actual experience and training, if they are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement as adult. Secondly, the program provides the police department with additional human resources while opening a very important avenue for understanding today’s youth. There are numerous Explorer Posts that are active in police agencies throughout the nation.
What do Explorers do?
Police Explorers meet every other Thursday at Wildwood Police Headquarters. During meetings Explorers meet with fully sworn law enforcement officers and receive training in the various aspects of law enforcement; motor vehicle stops, building searches, first aid, CPR, fingerprinting and traffic control just to name a few. Our Explorers also work hand in hand with the sworn officers during parades by assisting with traffic control.
Many of our Police Explorers have continued their careers in law enforcement with both our department and others have moved on to other agencies or chosen other careers. The Explorer program will educate you in areas such as leadership, command, responsibility, and teamwork.
But most of all it’s FUN!
How Do I Join?
To qualify for the position of Police Explorer, you must maintain at least a “C” average in school, be between the ages of 14 and 19 years of age, be of good moral character and have no arrest record. Explorers must be in good physical condition and maintain a professional appearance at all times.
All applicants must complete and mail the application below to the address provided. Prospective applicants will be contacted for an oral interview, with your parents or guardian present. The final and most important criteria for acceptance are your maturity and a genuine interest in crime and the law, and how you might effectively assist our Police Department while continuing to learn, improve your own abilities, and maybe even make a difference in our community.
If interested, follow the link below and complete the application.
Mail the completed and signed application to the following address
Wildwood Police Department
Attn: Mr. J. DiFalco
4400 New Jersey Avenue
Wildwood, N.J. 08260