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Meet The Chiefs: Bergen County Police Bring Joy To Ailing Youth

It's all about the uniform in Oradell. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Amelia and Oakland's Chief Edward Kasper. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
East Rutherford Police Chief Larry Minda and Lolu. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Fair Lawn Chief Glen Cauwels with Natalia. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino, far left, stands next to his son, an officer in Haworth. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Bergenfield's Chief Madalone with Lisa Forero. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Garfield's Chief Raymond Kovach and his "chief." Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Joseph and sheriff. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Chief Brady, 5, of North Arlington. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Chief Rotella with his Upper Saddle River "chief." Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Park Ridge in the house. Photo Credit: Daily Voice
The Oriolos doubled up in Westwood. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Chief Kugler with "chief" Angelina of Saddle Brook. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Can you find your department? Photo Credit: Daily Voice
It was really sunny... Washington Township Chief Alex Hammer. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
"Chief" Jaleel, 12 of Fort Lee. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
"Chief" Quinn with Capt. Love of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Woodcliff Lake chiefs. Photo Credit: Daily Voice photo
Bergen County Police Chiefs. Photo Credit: Daily Voice
Can you find your department? Photo Credit: Daily Voice

BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. — Dozens of children with chronic health conditions from across Bergen County got to serve as Police “Chief for a Day” for their towns.

Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino launched the program seven years ago.

On Friday, Saudino was accompanied by his "chief," Joseph Cassese of Palisades Park, who has autism, and last year was saved from drowning in a creek in Overpeck Park.

Their days began at their homes where they were greeted by the chief from their local department, in some cases, along with some officers.

They were then escorted to headquarters to be sworn in before breakfast with the chief, a walk-through of daily duties, and some even went into school in full uniform to say hello to their peers.

The day culminated around noon for pictures on the steps of the Bergen County Courthouse in Hackensack and a luncheon.

This year's participating department's include:

  • Bergen County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Bergen County Office of Emergency Management
  • Bergenfield Police Department
  • Carlstadt Police Department
  • Cliffside Park Police Department
  • East Rutherford Police Department
  • Edgewater Police Department
  • Emerson Police Department
  • Englewood Cliffs Police Department
  • Englewood Police Department
  • Fair Lawn Police Department
  • Fairview Police Department
  • Fort Lee Police Department
  • Garfield Police Department
  • Hasbrouck Heights Police Department
  • Haworth Police Department
  • Moonachie Police Department
  • Montvale Police Department
  • North Arlington Police Department
  • Oakland Police Department
  • Oradell Police Department
  • Teaneck Police Department
  • Tenafly Police Department
  • Upper Saddle River Police Department
  • Washington Township Police Department
  • Westwood Police Department
  • Woodcliff Lake Police Department

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