Chief's Corner

I am extremely proud of the officers of the Franklin Borough Police Department and I am truly honored to serve as the Chief of Police.  We would like to thank you for visiting our website. This site was designed to help you learn more about our department, community issues and concerns. We wish to keep you informed about incidents, events and to provide you with links for other helpful web sites. We are committed to serving our community through mutual cooperation and respect of our residents, business and visitors to our fine community.


As 21st century policing professionals, we recognize that we owe our success in part to the great partnership that we have developed with the community and with every other department in our Borough government over many years. This partnership is part of our rich history and we cherish and appreciate it. We also know that continuous improvement is always possible. As such, we are not just satisfied with maintaining the exceptional quality of life in the Borough of Franklin, but are always looking for ways to make it better.


The Franklin Borough Police Department is dedicated to serve the public by means of a community oriented policing philosophy. If you have a problem, concern or idea, please feel free to contact us. We will assist the public, other town agencies and concerned groups in working to make our community a better place to live and visit.


Enjoy the site and remember to sign up for Police Department notifications under “Notify Me”.


- Chief Gregory Cugliari


The Chief is assisted by an administrative assistant and Records Clerk, Wendy Burdge.

About the Borough

  • Franklin Borough was incorporated in 1913
  • Located in Sussex County in beautiful Northwestern NJ
  • Population of just under 5,000 people with an area of 4.6 square miles
  • Designated by the NJ legislature as the “Fluorescent Mineral Capital of the World”
  • Widely recognized for its mining history and rich zinc and iron ore bodies containing more than 150 minerals, many of which have fluorescent properties and some found nowhere else in the world

Founding

On October 1, 1915 the Franklin Borough Police Department came into being, with the hiring of its first mounted police officer and Chief Herbert C. Irons. Franklin Borough’s Mayor at the time, Elwood Shuster, recruited the man who would become legendary in the area as a member of law enforcement. Today, the Franklin Borough Police Department consists of sixteen (16) sworn officers and one (1) records clerk/administrative assistant. The command structure is organized with a Chief of Police, one (1) administrative Captain, one (1) Detective Lieutenant, one (1) Patrol Lieutenant, three (3) Patrol Sergeants and nine (9) Patrol Officers. The Detective Lieutenant and one (1) Patrol Officer are currently assigned to the Detective Bureau as investigators. 

Responsibilities

The Franklin Borough Police Department was recognized for 100 Years of Service in 2015. While policing has seen drastic changes in technology and strategy the essence of the job remains the same for Franklin Borough officers, to serve and protect the community, whatever it takes. My job as the Chief of Police is to make sure that all of our officers go above and beyond to make sure our community is safe and take whatever means necessary to make the quality of life as good as it can be in the borough.

The officers of the Franklin Borough Police Department approach their responsibility to protect and serve with a focus on community policing. We subscribe to the six pillars of policing in the 21st century which include:

  • Building Trust
  • Crime Reduction
  • Officer Wellness and Safety
  • Policy Development
  • Technology
  • Training

We take pride in working with our community and our law enforcement partners. I invite you to partner with us in our effort to develop strong ties with the community to prevent crime from flourishing.

Communication

Our website is one way we communicate with those we serve. Your input and your suggestions are encouraged and welcome. Should you have a comment or a question, please do not hesitate to contact me at 973-827-7700, ext. 230 or email me. Anonymous information and or tips can be reported to our detectives at 973-827-7700, ext. 231 or 237.

I am extremely proud of the professional and dedicated personnel of the Franklin Borough Police Department and I hope you enjoy visiting the Department through our website. Your input and continued support are very much appreciated.