Our History

In 1903, The Borough of Emerson empowered a system of “Borough Marshals” to protect and serve the community.  In 1924, Joseph “White” Biancoli was appointed a Marshal.  In 1927, the Borough of Emerson passed an Ordinance creating the Emerson Police Department, naming Joseph “White” Biancoli the first Chief of Police for the Emerson Police Department.  In 1949, the Emerson Police Department consisted of several Special Police Officers and the Chief of Police.  In our history, the Emerson Police Department has been led by six Chief’s of Police.  Chief Donald Rossi currently serves as Chief of the Emerson Police Department.

The top of this page shows the three most recent Emerson Police Department patches.  These patches are worn on the officer’s left shoulder to identify that they serve the Borough of Emerson as a Sworn Police Officer in the Emerson Police Department.  The current patch, identified in the center of the picture, is embroidered with the Great Seal of the State of New Jersey.  Unlike the previous patches, our current patch identifies the year the Borough of Emerson was incorporated, 1903.

The Emerson Police Department is currently comprised of 17 Police Officers including the Chief of Police, Captain, Lieutenant, three Sergeants, one Detective, and ten Patrol Officers.  The Emerson Police Department provides professional law enforcement services to over 7,400 borough residents.  Each member of the Emerson Police Department is a highly trained and qualified graduate of a New Jersey State Police Training Commission Accredited Police Academy.  Within the Emerson Police Department, every aspect of training is consistently addressed.  These training areas include, but are not limited to, Community Policing, Criminal Investigation, Drug Detection, Traffic Enforcement, Juvenile Enforcement, and Emegency Medical Response.  Education and training are two elements that allow the Emerson Police Deparmtent to consistently provide professional and effective services to the residents of Emerson.



Retired Chief Michael Saudino




Retired Chief Peter Mazzeo (Center)



Retired Chief Walter Hackbarth




Retired Chief Michael Solimando




Joseph “White” Biancoli





Emerson 1st Radio Car note in the background, Emerson Borough Hall as it still appears today.




Joseph “White” Biancoli note in the background, the Emerson Train Station as it still stands today.



Anthony (Babe) Mazzeo was the first of three generations to serve with the Emerson Police Department.