Monday - Friday
8:00 - 4:30


379 South Branch Road
Hillsborough, NJ 08844

379 South Branch Road
Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Chief of Police

Mike McMahon

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Welcome to the official website of the Hillsborough Township Police Department. We value our relationship with this community and realize the quality of service we provide is dependent upon effective communication and cooperation with our citizens. We have set and will continue to set high standards for our delivery of police services. Hillsborough is a special community that provides so many opportunities to those who live and work here. Our contributions to the betterment of Hillsborough would not be possible if we did not have the support of our Township Committee and Administrator, The other Municipal Departments of Hillsborough, The Somerset County Prosecutor, and most importantly, the residents of Hillsborough Township.
                                                                                                      -Chief Mike McMahon

Hillsborough Township Police Department Mission Statement

The Hillsborough Township Police Department is committed to law and order, public safety, and public service. All personnel of the department are valuable members of the organization that serve the public professionally and with the highest degree of integrity. To this end, the Hillsborough Township Police Department is considered one of the finest in the region. This proud legacy is grounded in core values: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless-service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.
  • Loyalty means to bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution and New Jersey Constitution.
  • Duty means to fulfill your obligations.
  • Respect means to treat people as they should be treated.
  • Selfless-Service means to put the welfare of the public before your own.
  • Honor means to live up to all of the department’s values.
  • Integrity means to do what is right, legally and morally.
  • Personal Courage means to face fear, danger, or adversity, whether physical or moral.

Hillsborough Township Police Department Values Statement

 The primary values of the Hillsborough Township Police Department are three-pronged and include Integrity, Professionalism, and Fairness.
  • Integrity: Members perform their duties honestly with an unquestioned respect for the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey, this guaranteeing the rights of citizens.
  • Professionalism: Members are unconditionally professional regardless of the situation or type of encounter.
  • Fairness: Members pride themselves in being fair and using sound discretion when making decisions that affect individuals and the public as a whole.
Members of the Hillsborough Township Police Department are committed to providing efficient and effective police services with an emphasis on these core values.

Frequently Asked Questions

Medication Drop

The Medication Drop Box is located inside the Police Lobby

  • the drop is for Prescription pills only
  • no sharps, aerosols or liquids
  • no over the counter products


Firearm Identification Card / Permit to Purchase
  1. To start the process log onto FARS website and complete your application

*You will be required to choose two references.  Please advise your references that the FARS system will email them questions to be answered.

  1. Hillsborough Township Police Department's ORI number is

*Using an incorrect ORI number will result in an invalid application making it necessary to re-apply and repay the application fee. A refund will not be issued.

  1. Once the application is complete and your fees are submitted the Hillsborough Township Police Department will conduct a background check.

*You will receive automated updates throughout the background process, including when the application has been approved.

  1. Initial applicants are required to have their fingerprints taken. This process is the responsibility of the applicant using a private company named Identogo.

*The Hillsborough Township Police Department will not fingerprint any applicants. 

  1. Required nonrefundable fees associated with your application and registration request:
  • Application fee payable to NJSP $21.00. Does not apply to first time applicant.
  • Initial Firearms Identification Card payable to Hillsborough Twp $50.00.
  • Permit(s)to purchase a handgun payable to Hillsborough Twp $25.00

*1 permit = $25.00 / 3 permits = $75.00 I 6 permits = $150.00

**Permits to purchase a handgun are valid for 90 days from the date of issue. A 90-day extension is automatically applied to the permit. After 180 days, the permit is invalid.

  • Change of address, name change, lost or stolen ID card no

The preferred method of payment is by credit card by using this link: You may also pay by Money order in person at the Hillsborough Township Police Department on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. We will not accept cash, checks or credit card payments at police headquarters.

Effective immediately we will be complying with the recommended procedure as set forth by the New Jersey State Police which requires payment for Firearms Identification Cards and Permits to Purchase Handguns prior to starting the investigation process.