Chief's Corner

As Chief of Police I am extremely proud of the men of theFranklin Borough Police Department. I am truly humbled and honored to serve asthe Chief of Police and to lead these fine officers.  On their behalf, wewould like to thank you for visiting our website. This site was designed tohelp you learn more about our department, community issues and concerns. Wewish to keep you informed about incidents, events and to provide you with linksfor other helpful web sites. We are committed to serving our community throughmutual cooperation and respect of our residents, business and visitors to ourfine community.

As 21st century policing professionals, we recognize that weowe our success in part to the great partnership that we have developed withthe community and with every other department in our Borough government overmany years. This partnership is part of our rich history and we cherish andappreciate it. We also know that continuous improvement is always possible. Assuch, we are not just satisfied with maintaining the exceptional quality oflife in the Borough of Franklin, but are always looking for ways to make itbetter.

The Franklin Borough Police Department is dedicated to servethe public by means of a community oriented policing philosophy. If you have aproblem, concern or idea, please feel free to contact us. We will assist thepublic, other town agencies and concerned groups in working to make ourcommunity a better place to live and visit.

Enjoy the site and remember to sign up for Police Departmentnotifications under “Notify Me”.

- Chief Gregory Cugliari

The Chief is assisted by an administrative assistant and Records Clerk, Wendy Burdge.

About the Borough

  • Franklin Borough was incorporated in 1913
  • Located in Sussex County in beautiful Northwestern NJ
  • Population of just under 5,000 people with an area of 4.6 square miles
  • Designated by the NJ legislature as the “Fluorescent Mineral Capital of the World”
  • Widely recognized for its mining history and rich zinc and iron ore bodies containing more than 150 minerals, many of which have fluorescent properties and some found nowhere else in the world


On October 1, 1915 the Franklin Borough Police Department came into being, with the hiring of its first mounted police officer and Chief Herbert C. Irons. Franklin Borough’s Mayor at the time, Elwood Shuster, recruited the man who would become legendary in the area as a member of law enforcement. Today The Franklin Borough Police Department consists of a Chief, administrative Lieutenant, Patrol Lieutenant, three patrol sergeants, and two detectives one of whom is a Sergeant and nine patrol officers.


The Franklin Borough Police Department was recognized for 100 Years of Service in 2015. While policing has seen drastic changes in technology and strategy the essence of the job remains the same for Franklin Borough officers, to serve and protect the community, whatever it takes. My job as the Chief of Police is to make sure that all of our officers go above and beyond to make sure our community is safe and take whatever means necessary to make the quality of life as good as it can be in the borough.

The officers of the Franklin Borough Police Department approach their responsibility to protect and serve with a focus on community policing. We subscribe to the six pillars of policing in the 21st century which include:

  • Building Trust
  • Crime Reduction
  • Officer Wellness and Safety
  • Policy Development
  • Technology
  • Training

We take pride in working with our community and our law enforcement partners. I invite you to partner with us in our effort to develop strong ties with the community to prevent crime from flourishing.


Our website is one way we communicate with those we serve. Your input and your suggestions are encouraged and welcome. Should you have a comment or a question, please do not hesitate to contact me at 973-827-7700, ext. 230 or email me. Anonymous information and or tips can be reported to our detectives at 973-827-7700, ext. 231 or 237.

I am extremely proud of the professional and dedicated personnel of the Franklin Borough Police Department and I hope you enjoy visiting the Department through our website. Your input and continued support are very much appreciated.