Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]

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What steps are being taken to protect New Jersey from another terrorist attack?

The Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force is responsible for preserving, protecting, and maintaining the domestic security of the state and for developing, implementing, and managing comprehensive responses to possible terrorist attacks or other technological disasters.

What agency is in charge of state emergencies/natural disasters?

The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management is in charge of state emergencies.

How do I obtain a handgun permit?

You must apply at your local police department. If you do not have a local police department or if you are an out of state resident, you must apply at the nearest New Jersey State Police station (excluding stations on toll roads, the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, and Atlantic City Expressway). For any further information outlining specific requirements, contact your local police department or nearest New Jersey State Police station.

How do I obtain a restraining order?

The New Jersey Coalition For Battered Women has information about how to obtain a restraining order.

Where can I report a complaint about a police officer?

The NJ State Police's Office of Professional Standards handles complaints (or compliments) about police officers.

How can I obtain an application for the State Police?

The State Police recruitment page takes you through the process of applying for the State Police.