Detective Bureau

The Detective Bureau is tasked with the responsibility of conducting criminal investigations, following up on investigations started by the Patrol Division, conducting background checks for various purposes, and overseeing the firearms identification card and purchase permit application processes.  


Firearms Applicants:

Do not complete these forms, or submit any payments, until you have spoken with a Detective.

Contact the West Caldwell Detective Bureau at 973-226-4114.


Application Form

Mental Health Form

If you already possess a firearms identification card, click here for fingerprinting information.  (The above forms are still required to be completed and submitted.)


  • Click online form 212A to begin.
  • West Caldwell Police Department ORI# NJ0072100
  • Payment forms: Credit Card or Online Check.
  • Fee: $20.00

Applications will not be accepted without an appointment.