Dear Community Members,
I will be retiring from the Gloucester Township Police Department on November 1, 2019 after 33 years of service with the department and 9.5 years as Chief of Police. Deputy Chief David Harkins will be promoted to Chief of Police to lead the department.
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your partnership with the GTPD, which I believe has made our community stronger and safer. As you are likely aware, the GTPD launched a major community policing initiative in 2010 where we focused on building community partnerships, opening lines of communication, establishing relationships with youth, and changing the way we train. I have been so fortunate as the Chief of Police to have such commitment and support from the community, Mayor Mayer, and all of our local government leaders.
I have also been greatly fortunate to work with all the members of the Gloucester Township Police Department. They have worked tirelessly in building relationships with you while also protecting you, which is not always an easy task. An officer may be giving a high-five to a young child at a bus stop, having a catch in the street after school, and then in the same shift perform CPR on a person who has overdosed, or even be assaulted by someone as they make an arrest for a crime. I salute the men and women of the GTPD as they perform these extraordinary and diverse duties every day.
I am confident that Deputy Chief Harkins will provide the leadership that is needed to keep moving the department forward so that the men and women of the GTPD will continue to provide outstanding police service to the community. Deputy Chief Harkins has served with the Department since 1995. He holds a bachelors degree in criminal justice, a masters degree in human resource development, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Deputy Chief Harkins will be sworn in as Chief of Police at a Change in Command Ceremony on November 4, 2019 at 6:30 PM. This event will be open to the public. The location and details for this event will be announced in the near future.
Thank you again for your support of the Gloucester Township Police Department.