MORRIS COUNTY PARK POLICE FAQs
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  1. What is the jurisdiction of the Morris County Park Police ...?
  2. Where do the Morris County Park Police patrol ...?
  3. Where can I obtain the Morris County Park System rules and regulations and park maps ...?
  4. What number do I call for an emergency in a Morris county park ...?
  5. What time do the parks close ...?
  6. Can I consume alcoholic beverages in a Morris County Park ...?
  7. Where is the headquarters of the Morris County Park Police...?
  8. If I am arrested or  receive a traffic summons from the Morris County Park Police, where do I pay the fine or go to court...?
  9. What do I do if I encounter a black bear in a county park...?
  10. Is the Morris County Park Police a civil service department ?

What is the jurisdiction of the Morris County Park Police ...?

The Morris County Park Police are administered by the Morris County Park Commission and have a primary duty to patrol and provide police services to all Morris County Park Commission facilities. However; when an officer observes illegal activity in any municipality  in Morris County, that officer has the authority to arrest or issue a summons. Morris County Park Police have the same powers of enforcement within the territorial limits of the state of New Jersey as are conferred upon police officers or constables while on or off duty. (See N.J. Statute Title 40:37-95.41)   In simple terms, officers have county wide law enforcement jurisdiction with a priority on the county parks. 

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Where do the Morris County Park Police patrol ...?

The Morris County Park Police are responsible for patrolling all Morris County Park Commission lands and properties which consist of approximately 40 facilities and 150 miles of trails totaling over 20,000 acres; the largest county park system in New Jersey. These include general purpose parks, four golf courses, two arboreta, lakes, campgrounds, greenways and the Mennen Sports Arena. The park police also assist the Rockaway Twp. Police in patrolling the parking lots and outlying areas of the Rockaway Townsquare Mall and often assist other police agencies.  The department is also responsible for patrolling the Morris County Municipal Utilities property in Randolph Twp. and Roxbury Twp. This property is closed to the public and is posted NO TRESPASSING.  In addition to routine traffic enforcement, radar details are also carried out on some public roads and highways in Jefferson Twp., Washington Twp, Mendham Twp., Morris Twp. and Chatham Twp. The department also participates in aggressive driving task forces, DWI task forces, vehicle inspection checkpoints and other special details throughout the county.

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Where can I get Morris County Park Commission rules and regulations and park maps ...?

A summary of the park rules and regulations are posted in bulletin board directories throughout the park system or you may link to a summary of rules and regulations. To view the entire set of rules and regulations or to obtain park maps you may visit the Morris County Park Police Headquarters or the Morris County Park Commission Headquarters. Maps can also be obtained on the park commission website.

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What number do I call for an emergency in a Morris County Park ...?

If you need the park police to respond to an emergency in a county park dial 911 Explain your emergency and request a Morris County Park Police unit to respond. Or you may contact the Morris County Park Police dispatch directly by dialing  (973) 326-7654. If you wish to contact the department for any other reason please call (973) 326-7632. Please report all suspicious activity in the county parks to the park police.

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What time do the county parks close ...?

All Morris County Parks are officially closed to the public at sunset (M.C.P.C. Rules and Regs. Art. III Sec.7).  There are several exceptions such as special permit events, the Mennen Arena and camping areas (see specific camping rules and regulations Art. XII Sec.H-2). Vehicles must also be removed from the parks by sunset as well (M.C.P.C. Rules and Regs. Art. V Sec. 4).  

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Can I consume alcoholic beverages in a Morris County Park ...?

Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in all county park areas (M.C.P.C. Rules and Regs. Art. III Sec. 9) Exceptions are for organized groups of twenty-five or more who have obtained a special permit granted by the Morris County Park Commission and persons at a clubhouse at a Morris County Park Commission golf course. 

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Where is the headquarters of the Morris County Park Police ...?

The headquarters of the Morris County Park Police is located at the Morris County Cultural Center at 300 Mendham Rd. in Morris Twp, just west of the main entrance to Lewis Morris County Park.

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If I am arrested by or receive a summons from the Morris County Park Police, where do I pay the fine or go to court ...?

If you are arrested by or receive a summons from the Morris County Park Police, your case will be heard at the municipal court in the municipality in which the offense occurred.  Since the department has county wide jurisdiction, each respective municipal court may be utilized. The municipality in which the offense occurred is listed on top of the summons and court contact info is on the back of the summons.  Do not come to the County Park Police HQ for court.

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What do I do if I encounter a black bear in a Morris county park ...?

Please remember that black bears are found throughout Morris County and are often observed in some of the county parks.  Most encounters will result in the bear running away but if it doesn't, use common sense and never approach the animal. Yell, clap your hands, or wave your arms to make the bear aware of your presence. Slowly back away and try to make sure that the bear has an escape route. Never run away from a bear ! Some Morris County Park Police officers have been  specially trained to deal with problem bears. If you observe a nuisance bear or a bear that exhibits aggressive or dangerous behavior in a county park please contact the Morris County Park Police immediately at (973) 326-7654.

Is the Morris County Park Police a civil service department ...?

No, the Morris County Park Police Department is not administered by the New Jersey Civil Service Commission and is therefore not a civil service department. There are only two county park police departments in New Jersey; Morris County and Camden County. On the New Jersey Civil Service Commission website park police is listed as an eligible police title but it is referring to the Camden County Park Police. The NJ State Park Police are also listed but are not to be confused with county park police. They are state officers who provide police services in the state parks.

 

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Sgt. M. Thomson
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