Spotswood at a glance

Population by race and Hispanic origin

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Full-time law enforcement staff, Spotswood Police Department

  • 25 Officers
  • 4 Civilian staff

Full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 residents

  • 3.11 Spotswood
  • 4.3 National average, cities with under 10,000 population
  • 2.2 National average

These figures reflect the Spotswood Police Department only, and do not include state or other police agencies that may be present in this location.

Federal grant funding for Spotswood

We were unable to locate any federal grant funding for this location based on our standard search parameters. Learn more about the grant programs we are tracking.

Military equipment transfers

We were unable to locate any military equipment transfers for this location using the LESO Property Transferred to Participating Agencies database published by the Defense Logistics Agency. It is possible that this location has acquired military equipment for policing via other sources or programs.

Local police misconduct data, consent decrees, and settlements

Data last updated June 1, 2023


We identified 1 publicly reported settlement that resulted in $470,000.00 in monetary compensation to victims.

Year Description Outcome

In January 2020, Former Chief Michael S. Zarro and Captain Philip Corbsiero filed a lawsuit against the Spotswood Borough, former Mayor Edward Seely, and former administrator Dawn McDonald for misconduct. The case was settled for $470,000 and paid for by the Middlesex County Municipal Joint Insurance Fund.

The lawsuit alleged that Zarro and Corbsiero experienced harassment and were subjected to a hostile work environment because Seely and McDonald had been working together to put Zarro and Corbsiero’s careers at risk as retribution for their refusal to engage in illegal acts. Seely had attempted to hinder an Internal Affairs investigation led by Zarro into one of Seely’s colleagues and personal friend. Additionally, it is alleged that Seeley tried to interfere with cases involving his children. In one instance Corbsiero still charged Seely’s son with careless driving despite the pressure Seely put on him to dismiss it.