Traffic and pedestrian safety is one of the top priorities of the Franklin Borough Police Department. Traffic Supervisor Sgt. Robert Vander Ploeg guides the patrol division with real-time analysis of the local, county, and state roadways within and around the Borough of Franklin. These studies are conducted utilizing state-of-the-art radar equipment and data collection tools year-round. These efforts provide insight in identifying safety issues and verifying traffic concerns supplied by the public and data collected in crash analysis and reporting. The critical review of this information is communicated to the patrol division for the best time and locations for traffic calming and/or enforcement, depending on the nature and severity of the hazard.

Additionally, the Traffic Division is responsible for construction traffic planning and planned road closures and events within the Borough. Sgt. Vander Ploeg is further accountable for the annual training and re-training of the school crossing guards, radar training and recertification of all Franklin officers, and the installation and inspection of child seats. In his current capacity, Sgt. Vander Ploeg has specialized training in accident investigation and reconstruction, as well as traffic engineering, analysis, and Title 39 enforcement.

Submit a Traffic Complaint

Any resident with questions or concerns regarding hazardously parked or operated vehicles within Franklin Borough can contact Sgt. Vander Ploeg at 973-827-7700 ext. 227 or For issues requiring an immediate response, call dispatch at 973-827-7700 so that an officer can be assigned to respond and address the concern promptly. For emergencies, dial 9-1-1. 

Schedule a Child Seat Inspection

Anyone seeking to have their child seat inspected or installed or who may have any questions about child passenger safety may also contact Sgt. Vander Ploeg at 973-827-7700 ext. 227 or, as appointments are required to ensure officer availability.