The History of the Marlboro Township Police Department
The Marlboro Township Police Department was created through a Township ordinance in early 1968. Dating back to 1962, the Department was in its infancy stage and work was being done by many people to get it up and running. The New Jersey State Police were the ones responsible for providing police protection to the Township.
In 1961, one of the campaign promises by the governing body was to have its own full-time police department. After the state had increased the cost to provide their services; this along with other reasons prompted the Marlboro residents to want their own police force.
In late 1962 and the early part of 1963 the township had 3 part-time special officers to patrol the township. They were Joseph R Walker, Charlie Witkowski and Al Boysen. In 1965, Mayor McCue hired these additional officers; Lindsey Seber, Lonnie Powell and Oscar Bennet. In 1966, Joseph Walker was named acting Sergeant to handle the administrative part of policing as well as the patrol work. Late in 1967 the township called for a “Chief of Police” test through NJ Civil Service.
When the results came out in 1968 Joseph Walker was promoted to Chief of the Police Department and an ordinance officially creating a full time Police Department was created. The five original full-time officers were Joseph R. Walker, Tom Wallace, Bob Farrel, Dan Meyers and Larry Taylor. The part-time officers were Al Boysen, Lindsey Seber and Lonnie Powell. Although many of these original officers moved on in their early years, they were instrumental in helping form what the Department is today.
The early years were difficult to say the least. There was no official police station. The first police car was a 1960 Chrysler which was bought used from Bennet’s Garage. The second car was a 1963 Plymouth Belvedere which was also used. It wasn’t until 1968 that the town was able to purchase new Dodge patrol cars. The radio communications system was housed in Chief Walkers’ house in the early years. Eventually the department shared a room with the road department in the old township garage. If the officers had an “arrest”, they had to bring them into the public works building. With the help of the local builders who donated materials and supplies, Chief Walker and the officers built a room onto the public works building that they could call their “own”.
As the Department and the Township expanded so did the need for more space. Trailers were added on site, but that was found to still not fulfill the staffing needs. In 1976 plans developed to construct a new Municipal facility on Wyncrest Road were developed. In 1979 the Township offices and the police department moved to their current location off Wyncrest Drive.
There have been many different faces and names throughout the Department’s history but one staple remains the same, the commitment our officers have to the citizens of Marlboro Township.