WAYNE POLICE - INVESTIGATIVE DIVISION
The commander of the investigative division is Detective Captain James Clarke.
The Detective Bureau, one of the three sub-divisions of the Investigative Division, is commanded by Detective Captain Clarke and is staffed with 2 Detective Sergeants, 7 Detectives and a secretary. They work two 8 hour shifts, Monday through Friday and one 8 hour shift on the weekends with the remaining time being covered on an on-call basis. They investigate all adult related criminal offenses that are forwarded by the Patrol Division, reported directly by telephone call or in-person reporting. In addition, they conduct background investigations for police applicants and investigations for licensing purposes. The Detective Bureau is also responsible for maintaining the recording and storage of all evidence, weapons and seized property in the Property Room. It further consists of one Records Bureau Sergeant, a Patrol Sergeant and 3 Detectives that work closely with the Wayne Fire Bureau, the 5 Wayne Fire Companies and the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office in investigating those fires that are determined to be suspicious in nature.
The Youth Bureau is staffed by a sergeant, 5 Detectives and a secretary. They work two 8 hour shifts, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm and 4 pm to 12 midnight. In addition they work one 8 hour shift on Saturday and Sunday and remain on-call during the overnight hours. The Youth Bureau detectives are specially trained to handle all matters involving persons under the age of 18. They maintain close rapport with the juvenile courts, Probation Department, Division of Youth and Family Services and the public schools system in order to preserve the welfare of our young people. We have 2 School Resource Officers (SRO) in the Junior High and High Schools. Additionally, the Youth Bureau handles all Megan's Law cases and is responsible for registering all offenders.
SPECIAL OPERATIONS / NARCOTICS AND VICE SQUAD
The Special Operations / Narcotics and Vice Squad consists of detectives who are specifically trained in drug-related matters and who work with Federal, State and other local agencies when the need arises. The Narcotics Bureau is staffed by 1 Sergeant and 4 Detectives. They work Monday through Friday on varying 8 hour shifts molded to their work at hand. The squad also work weekends when needed. The Special Ops/Narcotics squad continued to remain an aggressive, proactive force, involved in all aspects of Police activity. Prostitution, Gambling, Anti Theft/Burglary enforcement, Stolen Motor Vehicles, Terrorism, Seizure/Forfeiture, ABC Investigations and Enforcement and Drug Education/Public Relations are all duties of the Narcotics Bureau. However, narcotics is the main focus of this bureau. Accordingly, the majority of drug possession arrests this year continued to be for Marijuana. Heroin, Crack and Powder Cocaine, Ketamine, Ecstasy and GHB were also common possession offenses and the cause of an alarming number of teenage overdoses.
The Wayne Domestic Violence Response Team falls under the direction of Detective Sergeant Ahearn. It is presently comprised of 20 civilian volunteers whom have undergone a complete criminal background and completed 40 hours of training with the assistance of the Passaic County Women’s Center. Because of their training, these volunteers can give information and referral services to victims of Domestic Violence. All victims that come in contact with the Wayne Police Department are offered their services at the time of intervention but any victim of Domestic Violence may seek their services at the Wayne Police Department 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Due to their certification, all conversations between the victim and counselor are strictly confidential with the exceptions of child abuse, homicide and suicide.