Welcome to the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department Detective Squad. The Detective Squad is headed by Detective Sergeant Michael Colaneri Jr.
The Detective Squad is responsible to investigate all crimes and offenses that occur within the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights. These investigations include but are not limited to Homicides, Sexual Assaults, Armed Robbery, Arson, Aggravated Assaults, Domestic Violence, and others. Other responsibilities are the supervision of crime scenes, and the collection and maintenance of all evidence related to these crimes and offenses. The Detective Squad also does background investigations on all borough employees. Many investigations require working in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies such as the Bergen County Prosecutors Office, the F.B.I., and the N.J. State Police, and other local municipalities to name a few. One goals of the Detective Squad is to gather intelligence on current crime trends in our area and pass this information along to patrol officers, citizens and local merchants so that precautions may be taken to avoid becoming a victim of these crimes. If a crime is committed in Hasbrouck Heights successful investigations lead to the arrest and prosecution of the individual who committed the crime. Currently assigned to the Detective Squad are Det. Jeffrey Werner, Det. John Behr, and Det. Joseph Armeli. The Detectives encourage residents to report any suspicious activity by calling police headquarters.
The Detective Squad uses the newest in fingerprinting technology; Live Scan is inkless electronic fingerprinting. The fingerprints are electronically transmitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for completion of a criminal record check. Live Scan will avoid many of the problems associated with ink prints, such as smudging, smearing, and over or under inking. A major benefit of Live Scan is in processing speed since nearly all of those without criminal records are done within 3 days. Rolled ink prints (traditionally submitted on a fingerprint card) can take 10 to 12 days to process and up to 60 days if there is a criminal record.