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Westwood, Washington Twp. Children Named 'Chief For a Day'

Police Departments from around Bergen County participate in the program.

Two local children were named the police chiefs of their respective towns Friday.

Stefano Benevento was sworn-in as the chief of the Westwood Police Department and Jackie Baez was sworn-in as the chief of the Washington Township Police Department.

The appointments lasted for just one day. Both children were chosen as part of the annual "chief for a day" program organized by the Bergen County Sheriff's Office. The program gives kids suffering from health problems a look at the inner workings of law enforcement.

Both Stefano and Jackie got their own child-sized chief uniforms and met with police officers in their respective towns. They then traveled to Hackensack to meet with the 26 other chiefs and New York Giant Jim Cordle at the Bergen County Courthouse.

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Common Cents June 18, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Moral increased ten fold. And see, these chiefs are continuing thier education for advancement. Apparently they listened and reacted.
LivinLocal June 18, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Rumor has it Westwood's Council is STILL weighing the value of education and seniority in their ongoing talks over promotion credentials. Guess when the votes come down we'll know which Council people value education and which think just showing up to work a lot of years is all it take to be a manager.

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