Township of Hillside Police Department Website


Louis Panarese

Chief of Police



It is the mission of the Hillside Police Department to safeguard the lives and property of the people we serve, to reduce the incidence and fear of crime, and to enhance public safety while working with our diverse communities to improve their quality of life. Our mandate is to do so with honor and integrity, while at all times conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standards to maintain public confidence.


On August 15, 2016, Chief Panarese and members of the Hillside Police Department FOP Lodge 160 Supervisors union, present Queen King of Fresh and Pretty Florist with a Hillside Fraternal Order of Police appreciation award. Immediately following the tragic deaths across the country of police officers, Ms King brought roses to the police department with a note of support and appreciation for the police department and law enforcement. “Ms. King is a valuable member of our community and is first to volunteer for any community project, she is a wonderful person and a true supporter of our police department” said Chief Panarese. Pictured with Ms. King is Lieutenant Louis Rufino, Lieutenant Michael Katsoudas, Chief Louis Panarese, Captain Nicola Lomonte and Lodge 160 President Sergeant Matthew Cove.




News & Events

    Arrest Property Tax Fraud
    On February 24,2015th, Lee P. Touchque was arrested by Hillside police for fabrication of evidence and false swearing.In November of 2014 Touchque presented a payor's copy of a tax statement as proof he paid property taxes for the fiscal year 2011 - 2012 in the amount of $13,250. On December 14, 201...


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