PATERSON, N.J. -- Honors and tributes flowed Saturday night as the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association inducted its 92nd president, Oakland Police Chief Edward Kasper, before hundreds of attendees at the Brownstone in Paterson.
It was a testament to Kasper's reputation and integrity, State Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi said, that so many plaques and other honors were bestowed on the 26-year veteran, who became chief more than a decade ago.
For his part, Kasper praised the outstanding working relationship that local chiefs have with Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal -- who swore him in -- and Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino, who also attended, as well as with the various state and federal agencies.
Kasper also thanked the members of his department, along with Oakland officials and his family.
The popular veteran officer was born and raised in Oakland, was graduated from the Bergen County Police Academy in 1990 and served as a patrolman for 10 years before a promotion to sergeant in 2000. He became chief seven years later.
The prosecutor also swore in the association's Board of Officers for the year:
- Immediate Past President, Chief Frank Regino (Westwood PD)
- 1st Vice President, Chief Joseph Madden (Park Ridge PD)
- 2nd Vice President, Chief Thomas Shine (Old Tappan PD)
- 3rd Vice President, Chief John Russo (Rutherford PD)
- Recording Secretary, Chief Jeremy Abrams (Montvale PD)
- Financial Secretary, Chief Carmelo Imbruglia (Wallington PD)
- Sergeant at Arms, Chief Cathy Madalone (Bergenfield PD)
- Treasurer, Chief Edward Wrixon (Cresskill PD)
The association has a rich history dating back more than 85 years.
MISSION STATEMENT: To secure a closer official and personal relationship among police officials in the County of Bergen; to secure unity of action in police matters; to elevate the standards of police institutions; to strive for advancement among all lines that pertain to the prevention and to the detection of crime and the promotion of police efficiency in general.