Patrol Division

badge-meThe Patrol Division is the back­bone of our depart­ment and con­sists of the largest com­pli­ment our offi­cers. This is also the most vis­i­ble unit and usu­ally the first con­tact a mem­ber of the pub­lic has with a police offi­cer is from the patrol divi­sion. The Wildwood Police Department cur­rently employs forty three fully sworn law enforce­ment offi­cers. Recently, Wildwood received a grant from the Office of Community Oriented Police Services, com­monly known as COPS for the hir­ing of three addi­tional full time law enforce­ment offi­cers under the Recovery Act. These offi­cers have been hired and are cur­rently attend­ing the Cape May County New Jersey Police Training facility.

During the win­ter months, the City of Wildwood main­tains an esti­mated pop­u­la­tion of approx­i­mately 5,400 res­i­dents. Since the City of Wildwood is a major shore resort and vaca­tion attrac­tion com­mu­nity, Wildwood’s pop­u­la­tion surges in excess of well over 150,000 res­i­dents, vis­i­tors and guests dur­ing the sum­mer months.

The Wildwood Police Department employs Class II Special Law Enforcement Officers to assist with this increased pop­u­la­tion dur­ing the sum­mer. Most Special law Enforcement Officers are col­lege stu­dents, usu­ally but not always, crim­i­nal jus­tice majors. Working with our depart­ment pro­vides valu­able expe­ri­ence to the indi­vid­ual as well as allows the offi­cer to receive cred­its towards their degree as well as sup­ple­ment­ing our ranks.

Wildwood uti­lizes numer­ous patrol meth­ods, includ­ing vehi­cle patrol, bicy­cle patrol, foot patrol and insti­tuted this year Segway patrol. Officers are assigned accord­ing to the need at the time, depen­dant upon the cur­rent activ­i­ties sched­uled through­out the sum­mer. Wildwood hosts hun­dreds of spe­cial events dur­ing the sum­mer, includ­ing the American Legion and V.F.W. con­ven­tions, the New Jersey State Firemen’s Convention and also the “Roar to the Shore”. The “Roar to the Shore” is one of the largest Harley Davidson motor­cy­cle enthusiast’s ral­lies on the east coast, with vis­i­tors from through­out the United States and is only sur­passed by Laconia, N.H. and Daytona Beach, Fla.