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Chronically ill children get to be police ‘Chief for a Day’ in Bergen this Friday

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

SHOUT OUT: One of Bergen County’s most popular events is set for this Friday when Sheriff Michael Saudino’s office joins 25 local and county law enforcement agencies and a host of excited children who get to be “Chief for a Day.”

The third annual celebration gives youngsters with chronic health conditions a behind-the-scenes look at law enforcement and a public showing of them in uniforms, with badges.

This year’s honorary chiefs, selected by their individual departments, range from 6 to 15 years old.

Now in its third year, “Chief for a Day” has been wildly successful — and with good reason — since Saudino launched it.

Consider:

Each child is picked up at home at 8 a.m. by a patrol car and driven to their local police department for breakfast with their chief (or the sheriff or prosecutor), followed by a swearing-in ceremony.

They are then given tours of the departments.

By 11:30, they all converge at the Bergen County Justice Center in Hackensack for a group photo.

Then comes a motorcade procession to the Landmark Restaurant on Route 17 in East Rutherford for a lunch ceremony, with speakers and entertainment.

The sponsoring agencies:

Bergen County Sheriff’s Office
Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office
Bergenfield Police Department
Elmwood Park Police Department
Emerson Police Department
Englewood Cliffs Police Department
Fairview Police Department
Fort Lee Police Department
Garfield Police Department
Hackensack Police Department
Hasbrouck Heights Police Department
Maywood Police Department
Montvale Police Department
North Arlington Police Department
Paramus Police Department
Park Ridge Police Department
Ridgewood Police Department
Rochelle Park Police Department
Rutherford Police Department
Saddle Brook Police Department
Teaneck Police Department
Tenafly Police Department
Upper Saddle River Police Department
Wallington Police Department
Washington Township Police Department
Westwood Police Department

CHECK BACK TOMORROW OR THURSDAY FOR THE NAMES OF THE PARTICIPATING CHILDREN

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