EAST ORANGE,NEW JERSEY
City in Essex County, New Jersey
Total area: 3.924 sq mi
ZIP CODES: 07017-07019
AREA CODES: 826,973
East Orange, New Jersey
East Orange is a city in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census the city's population 64,270 reflecting a decline of 5,554 (-8.0%) from the 69,824 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 3,728 (-5.1%) from the 73,552 counted in the 1990 Census. The city was the state's 20th most-populous municipality in 2010, after having been the state's 14th most-populous municipality in 2000.
East Orange was originally incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 4, 1863, from portions of Orange town, and was reincorporated as a city on December 9, 1899, based on the results of a referendum held two days earlier.
East Orange is located at 40°45′54″N 74°12′43″W (40.765058,-74.211862). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.924 square miles (10.164 km2), all of it land. East Orange shares borders with Newark to the east and south, South Orange to the southwest, Orange to the west, and Glen Ridge and Bloomfield to the north.
East Orange is governed under the City form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a mayor and a city council made up of ten members, two representing each of the city's five geographic political subdivisions called wards. The mayor is elected directly by the voters. The ten members of the city council are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis, with one seat in each ward coming up for election every other year.
The East Orange City Council carries out the legislative duties of municipal government. This body enacts by ordinance, resolution or motion, the laws under which the city is governed. The City Council reviews and adopts the municipal budget that is prepared and presented to the legislative body by the Mayor.
The Mayor of East Orange is Robert L. Bowser, whose term of office ends December 31, 2013. Mayor Bowser is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, a bi-partisan group with a stated goal of "making the public safer by getting illegal guns off the streets." The Coalition is co-chaired by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
As of 2012, members of the City Council are:
1st Ward: Jamal S. Barnes (2013) and Andrea D. McPhatter (2015)
2nd Ward: Virginia M. Cross (2013) and Jacquelyn E. Johnson (2015)
3rd Ward: Ted R. Green (2013) and Quilla E. Talmadge (2015)
4th Ward: William C. Holt (2013) and Sharon Fields (2015)
5th Ward: Alicia Holman (2013) and Lonnie Hughes (2015)
The first African-American Mayor of East Orange, New Jersey was William S. Hart, Sr., who was elected to two consecutive terms, serving in office from 1970–1978. Hart Middle School was named after him.
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 36,280 registered voters in East Orange, of which 21,646 (59.7%) were registered as Democrats, 396 (1.1%) were registered as Republicans and 14,228 (39.2%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 10 voters registered to other parties.
In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 97.7% of the vote here (24,718 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 1.6% (408 votes) and other candidates with 0.1% (35 votes), among the 25,304 ballots cast by the city's 36,891 registered voters, for a turnout of 68.6%. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 93.2% of the vote here (19,447 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush with 5.9% (1,225 votes) and other candidates with 0.4% (128 votes), among the 20,856 ballots cast by the city's 33,328 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 62.6.
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 94.4% of the vote here (12,554 ballots cast), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 2.9% (380 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 1.2% (153 votes) and other candidates with 0.5% (63 votes), among the 13,295 ballots cast by the city's 36,157 registered voters, yielding a 36.8% turnout.
The crime rate in East Orange is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 26 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in East Orange is 1 in 39. Based on FBI crime data, East Orange is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to New Jersey, East Orange has a crime rate that is higher than 71% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.
However, compared to other communities of similar population size, East Orange has a crime rate that is noticeably lower than the average. This means that for comparably sized cities all across America, East Orange is actually safer than most according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis of FBI crime data.
The crime data that NeighborhoodScout used for this analysis are the seven offenses from the uniform crime reports, collected by the FBI from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies, and include both violent and property crimes, combined.
Now let us turn to take a look at how East Orange does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in East Orange.
For East Orange, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included forcible rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in East Orange is one in 153.
Moreover, the rate of property crime in East Orange; burglary, larceny ($50 or more), grand theft auto, and arson; is 19 per 1,000 residents. This is about average for all cities and towns in America of all population sizes.
Importantly, we found that East Orange has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in East Orange is one in 199.
Mission and Purpose
The East Orange Police Department is a community oriented police agency. The Department is committed to the concept of Community Policing and as such is committed to excellence in response to the needs of all our citizens. The East Orange Police Department exists to serve all the people within the community in a professional and ethical manner. The Department recognizes that integrity is the foundation of our profession. We will endeavor to preserve and safeguard the public trust by adhering to the highest standards of performance and ethical practice. Those that are challenged by physical, emotional or health considerations, all those who have chosen an alternative life style, all religions, all ages, all colors, all creeds, and all nationalities. Discrimination toward any person or group will not be tolerated in any form by the East Orange Police Department. All persons in this City have value and dignity. While all are required to obey the law, all shall receive equal protection under the law.
Tips Hotline - in an effort to better protect and serve the community, the Police Department has instituted two "Tips" telephone lines. All calls will be kept confidential. For suspected criminal activity citizens should call 973-266-5041. This hot line number is monitored twenty-fours hours a day. For quality of life issues such as loud music, loitering, etc. call 973-266-5055.
Record Bureau - the Bureau assists the general public seeking copies of reports or with questions about incident reports, restraining orders, fingerprinting, arrests, accident information, firearm permits, etc. The Bureau is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Reports or requests for reports must be made in person or in certain cases by mail. Processing of requests is subject to a fee. The Bureau does not accept requests via phone or e-mail, nor do they fax or e-mail reports. For additional information or assistance you can contact the Records Division at 973-266-5010, or write to East Orange Police Department, Records Division, 15 South Munn Avenue, East Orange, New Jersey 07017. You may also contact the Record Bureau Commander for any special needs at (973) 266-5012 or by mail Attn: Record Bureau Commander.
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) - D.A.R.E. is a drug abuse prevention education program designed to equip elementary school children with knowledge about drug abuse, the consequences of drug abuse, and skills for resisting peer pressure to experiment with drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. D.A.R.E. uses uniformed law enforcement officers to teach a formal curriculum to students in a classroom setting. The East Orange Police Department began teaching the program in 1992. Today, the East Orange D.A.R.E. program focuses on 5th graders to prepare them for entering junior high school, where pressures to use drugs and alcohol is likely to occur.
East Orange Police Department
15 S Munn Ave, East Orange, NJ, United States
+1 973-266-5050 · eopd.com
Mission and Purpose
To provide the best in fire protection for the City of East Orange, affording East Orange the best available insurance ratings.
To provide a fire prevention program that enforces the Uniform Fire Codes.
To be responsive to citizen concerns and complaints through community relations programs.
To efficiently use City resources.
To maintain a high level of professionalism and to deliver a consistent level of service to the citizens of East Orange.
Provide quality training opportunities.
Maintain current table of organization and request opportunity to review a plan for an increase in the future.
Provide the school system with a public education program.
Provide public education/code enforcement program for the East Orange Community.
The objective of the East Orange Fire Department is to provide fire protection and other related fire services for the citizens and employees of East Orange.
Charles F. Salley,
468 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
East Orange, NJ 07017
Phone: (973) 266-5509
To report an emergency directly to Fire dispatch unit (973) 266-5500
Fire Prevention Bureau/ Fire inspections (973) 266-5519
Training Division (973) 266-5521
Report Fire call: 911