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Police Department

Darren Dachisen, Chief of Police
(973) 593-3000
(973) 593-3024
62 Kings Road
Madison, NJ 07940 (map)

Emergency Services Unit

Mission Statement

The Madison Police Department's Emergency Service Unit primary function is to provide tactical support for the Borough of Madison in high-risk situations where a special response is required.

The E.S.U. Tactical Response Team provides a rapid response to life threatening incidents and or other Emergency Situations that require a police response.  While waiting for the arrival of the Sheriff Department's S.E.R.T., the ESU's responsibilities include containment/evacuation, tactical medical support, "Quick" reaction/response, negotiations and intelligence gathering until mutual aid support arrives at the scene.


In 2002 the Madison Police Department E.S.U. was developed to provide a more stable; well-trained and consistent response for possible violent ations related to school violence, domestic and homeland security.  The unit consists of a 10 member team including a Paramedic.

The Madison Police Department ESU  has been trained in SWAT tactics by attending and training with area SWAT teams within and outside  our county.  Training exercises are conducted on a bi-monthly basis.

The ESU's training include classroom, and field training.  This encompasses specialized weapons training/qualifications and scenario-based situations training.  Live dynamic house and school entry drills supplement the classroom sessions.

Because of the change in world events and changing tactical strategies, the once simple and primary focus has changed into providing a rapid response in the event that the Borough of Madison faces the catastrophic and all too often "Critical Incident."

ESU Lockdown Drill

On February 21, 2006 the Madison Police Emergency Services Unit conducted a lockdown drill at the Madison High School.  Student actors participated and played the roles of both suspects and victims; assisting the specialized unit to conduct drills.  Exercises included searching corridors and classrooms for both active and barricaded suspects and locating victims and evacuating them. 

Click Here for Pictures from the Drill