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Street Kid to Top Cop
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About the Montclair Police Department

The Police Department is staffed by 111 sworn police officers and organized into two divisions; the Uniform Division and the Investigative Division. The Uniform (Patrol) Division has the primary responsibilities of both proactive patrol and responding to calls for assistance. Additionally, both the Critical Response Team and Honor Guard fall within the Uniform Division’s scope of responsibilities.  In 2006, the Uniformed Division of the Montclair Police Department responded to 62,600 calls for service and made over 1,100 arrests.


The Investigative Division is responsible not only for the follow up inquiries into crimes and incidents that have already occurred, but also for proactive activities such as the detection and prevention of such crimes as narcotics distribution, Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) violations, prostitution, gambling, internet solicitation of minors and fraud.

In 1956, Thomas J. Russo joined the United States Navy.  He served in the Mediterranean on the minesweeper USS Dash. He was honorably discharged in 1958.  In 1960, Thomas Russo joined the Montclair Police Department (New Jersey).  Thomas Russo served through the ranks of the Montclair Police Department, ultimately becoming the chief of police in 1993.  He retired in 2001. 


Thomas J. Russo  is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy and the Secret Service Dignitary Protection School in Washington, D.C. He is the recipient of a Certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia and a graduate of the Certified Public Manager Course of the State of New Jersey.  Thomas Russo is published his autobiography Street Kid to Top Cop in 2005.


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