Executive Command Staff Biographies

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Chief J. Scott Thomson

John Scott Thomson was sworn in as chief of the Camden County Police Department on May 1, 2013. Prior to that, he had served as chief of the former Camden Police Department since 2008. Chief Thomson began his law enforcement career in 1992. He holds an M.A. in education from Seton Hall University and a B.A. in sociology from Rutgers University.

During his career, Chief Thomson ascended through the ranks of the Camden Police Department. In 2011, he received the Gary P. Hayes Memorial Award from the Police Executive Research Forum for innovation and leadership in policing. He has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Special Committee on Discovery in Criminal and Quasi-Criminal Matters, the New Jersey Attorney General’s committees for Officer Involved Shooting Responses, Conducted Energy Devices and Body Worn Cameras. In 2017, he received the H. Norman Schwarzkopf Award for Policing Excellence from the New Jersey Public Safety Accreditation Coalition.

Chief Thomson provided testimony for the President’s Task Force Report on 21st Century Policing on using community policing to reduce crime. He has served as the Chairman of the Philadelphia/Camden High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Chief Thomson sits on the Board of Advisors for the New York University School of Law’s Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, The American Law Institute’s Principles of the Law – Police Investigations, the United States Attorney General Global Advisory Committee on Law Enforcement Use-of-Force Investigations Task Team, and the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. He is the Co-Chair of The Policing Project at New York University Law School, an Executive Fellow for the Police Foundation in Washington, D.C., and a member of the Harvard University Law Enforcement Summit Executive Leadership Group.

Chief Thomson is the elected President of the Police Executive Research Forum in Washington, D.C.

 

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Assistant Chief Joseph Wysocki

Assistant Chief Joseph Wysocki is a police veteran in Camden, having joined the Camden Police Department in 1991.

During his tenure, Assistant Chief Wysocki has served in patrol, general investigations and on the Tactical Force. He was part of the FBI’s Camden Violent Crimes Task Force Special Investigations Unit from 2001-2005. In 2005, he commanded the Long-Term Case Unit as part of the regional High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force in Camden. He has also served as commander of Internal Affairs for the Camden County Police Department and for the former Camden Police Department.

Assistant Chief Wysocki holds an M.A. in administrative sciences from Fairleigh Dickinson University and has earned numerous awards and specialized training certifications throughout his police career, including the Chief’s Service Award (department officer of the year) in 2003 with the former Camden Police Department. He was recognized in 2003 and 2005 by the FBI for his integral role in the arrest and prosecution of members of the Perez street gang.

He was named deputy chief of the Camden County Police Department in 2013 and rose to assistant chief in 2017 where he oversees all aspects of the department, including uniformed operations, investigations and strategic deployment.

 

Operations Bureau

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Neighorhood Response Team

South – (Districts 2 & 4)

Captain Anthony Carmichael

Lt. Terrell Watkins

Lt. Zsakhiem James

 

North – (Districts 1 & 3)

Captain Gabriel Camacho

Lt. John Martinez

Lt. Benjamin Walls


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Deputy Chief Albert Handy

Deputy Chief Albert Handy is currently in his 28th year serving the residents of Camden and was named deputy chief in February 2018. Through his career with the former city police department and now the Camden County Police Department, Deputy Chief Handy has commanded all facets of the organization including Operations, Investigations, Special Operations and Support Services. He currently serves as commander of the Camden County Police Department’s Operations Division which encompasses all of the department’s uniformed personnel serving on our Neighborhood Response Teams.

Over the course of his career, Deputy Chief Handy has been instrumental in the planning and execution of numerous multi-agency large-scale events, including all waterfront concerts and special events, the papal visit and tall ships events in 2015. He has also supervised all training for officers and recruits, Crime Scene Investigation and the administration of the department’s body-worn camera program.

He is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, receiving his undergraduate degree in public administration and his master’s degree in administrative science.

 

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Captain Gabriel Camacho

East Camden native Gabriel Camacho has been a police officer in the city since 1994 with the former Camden Police Department and now the Camden County Police Department.

As an officer, he served in patrol, general investigations, robbery investigations and internal affairs investigations. As a sergeant, he headed the former city police department’s Violent Crimes Task Force and took part in multi-agency investigations through internal affairs as part of the FBI’s Corruption Task Force. He was promoted to lieutenant upon joining the Camden County Police Department and  supervised internal affairs complaints and background investigations into police officers and aides hired by the department. He currently supervises Neighborhood Response Team operations in the northern half of the city covering the 1st and 3rd Districts.

Captain Camacho has earned numerous citations and certifications through his police career and is a former president of the city’s Hispanic Police Officers Society.

 

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Captain Anthony Carmichael

Captain Anthony Carmichael is a police veteran in Camden, having joined the former Camden Police Department in 1995. He serves as commander of the department’s Neighborhood Response Team in the southern half of the city – covering the 2nd and 4th Districts.

During his tenure, Captain Carmichael has served in, supervised and commanded various units within the former department and the Camden County Police Department. These units included Special Operations, Patrol Division, Community Oriented Policing, Juvenile Investigation, School Patrol Unit, Supplemental Patrol Unit, administration, Internal Affairs, the RTTOIC and General Investigations. Before being assigned to the NRT in March 2018, Captain Carmichael served as the commander of the Special Victims Unit and General Investigation which includes the Juvenile Investigation Division, Sex Crimes, Domestic Violence Unit, Missing Persons Unit and the Megan’s Law Unit.

Captain Carmichael holds a B.S. in business administration from Lincoln University and has earned numerous awards and specialized training certifications throughout his police career.

 

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Lieutenant Zsakhiem R. James

South Camden native Zsakhiem R. James began his career with the former Camden Police Department in 1993. During his time with the Camden Police Department, he was assigned to the Community Oriented Policing Unit, Patrol Division and the Tactical Force, where he served as a hostage negotiator and was a member of the Underwater Search and Rescue Team. After becoming a detective, he served in general investigations and later the Economic and Environmental Crimes Unit.

In 2007 he helped restore the Camden Police Department’s K-9 Unit and became the first officer to work with a police dog in the department since 1995. In 2009 he was promoted to sergeant, becoming the first African American K-9 supervisor in the department’s history.

In March 2013, James joined the Camden County Police Department as a sergeant and was assigned to the Neighborhood Response Team. He was later assigned to the Patrol Division as a Southern Division supervisor. In 2014 he was assigned to assist with the expansion of the K-9 unit and became a certified patrol and specialty dog trainer.

On June 1, 2015, he was promoted to lieutenant and assigned as commander of Neighborhood Response Team operations in the city’s 2nd District. In 2018 he was assigned as the Neighborhood Response Team Community Liaison in the southern half of Camden – the 2nd and 4th Districts.

 

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Lieutenant Terrell Watkins

Lieutenant Terrell Watkins has been a member of law enforcement in the City of Camden for 20 years, having started his career with the former city department in 1998. He served in the patrol and community policing units before becoming a detective and serving with the Violent Crimes Task Force and on the Strategic Multi-Agency Shooting and Homicide team.

He joined the Camden County Police Department at its launch in 2013 and has served in Internal Affairs, Patrol, the Real Time Tactical Operational Intelligence Center and the Neighborhood Response Team where he currently oversees officers in the southern half of the city covering the 2nd and 4th districts.

Lieutenant Watkins is also a certified emergency medical technician and has served as an instructor at the Camden County College Police Academy.

 

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Lieutenant Benjamin Walls

Born and raised in North Camden, Lieutenant Benjamin Walls has served in law enforcement in the city for more than 24 years, having joined the former city police department in 1994. He served in patrol, community policing, the tactical force and with the HIDTA Task Force before joining the Camden County Police Department in 2013. For the previous four years he served on the regional FBI Violent Offender and Gang Task Force. He was promoted to lieutenant in April 2018 and is assigned as the Neighborhood Response Team Community Liaison in the northern half of Camden – the 1st and 3rd Districts.

Over the course of his law enforcement career, Lieutenant Walls has received numerous awards and citations for his work. He is also a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in active duty from 1987-1991. He was deployed during Operation Just Cause in Panama and Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Iraq and Kuwait.

 

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Lieutenant John Martinez

Lieutenant John Martinez began his law enforcement career in 1994 with the Merchantville Police Department where he served for six years before joining the former Camden Police Department in 2000.

During his time with the former city department, Lieutenant Martinez served in Patrol, the Tactical Force and the SWAT team. He joined the Camden County Police Department in 2013 and has served as a sergeant with the Neighborhood Response Team and in the Real-Time Tactical Operational Intelligence Center. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2016 and served as an RTTOIC watch commander and commander of the Patrol Division’s 2nd Platoon. He is currently assigned to the Neighborhood Response Team where he currently oversees officers in the northern half of the city covering the 1st and 3rd districts.

During his law enforcement career, Lieutenant Martinez has received numerous citations and awards for heroism and meritorious service.

 

Strategic Deployment

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Captain Gregory Carlin

Captain Gregory Carlin has been in law enforcement in Camden since 1994 when he joined the former Camden Police Department.

From 2007 through 2008 he served as commander of the regional High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force. From 2008 through 2009 he led the New Jersey Governor’s Crime Reduction Initiative in Camden. And from 2010 through 2015, with the former department and then with the Camden County Police Department, he served as commander of the Criminal Investigations Division and the multi-agency C-4 initiative.

Captain Carlin serves as commander of the department’s Strategic Deployment Division which includes the Real Time Tactical Operational Intelligence Center and Neighborhood Response Team Central unit.

 

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Lieutenant John Maddox

Lieutenant John Maddox has been in law enforcement for 25 years.  In 1993 he joined the former Camden Police Department. During his career with the city department, he served in several units which included Community Policing, Records and Identification, Patrol, Tactical Force, Communications, Criminal Investigations and the Real-Time Tactical Operational Intelligence Center (RTTOIC). He held the ranks of detective, sergeant and lieutenant. As a lieutenant, he served as commander of the Juvenile Bureau, Detective Bureau, the Auto Unit, the M.A.L.L. and P.A.L. programs and was also the department’s primary hostage negotiator.

In April 2013 he joined the Camden County Police Department as a sergeant in the Patrol Division before moving to the RTTOIC. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2015 and currently serves as an RTTOIC commander.

Lieutenant Maddox has earned numerous commendations, awards and training certifications throughout his career with the former city department and with the Camden County Police Department. He is a certified hostage negotiator, arson investigator and fire inspector.

 

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Lieutenant Jason Pike

Lieutenant Jason Pike has been in law enforcement for more than 20 years and has earned a B.A. in criminal justice from Thomas Edison State College. He spent one and a half years with the New Jersey Department of Corrections as an officer assigned to the Riverfront State Prison in Camden. In 1998 he left corrections to join the Camden City Police Department where he served in several units which included Patrol, Community Policing, Special Operations, Tactical Force, Criminal Investigations, Violent Crime Task Force, Tactical Narcotics Team, and the Real Time Tactical Operational Intelligence Center (RTTOIC). He has been awarded numerous times for bravery and meritorious service. In 2009 he was awarded the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the Camden District Council Collaborative Board for his commitment to community outreach.

In April 2013 he was hired by the Camden County Police Department as a sergeant and was promoted to lieutenant on June 1, 2015. He was assigned as the Neighborhood Response Team commander in the city’s 4th District. He is currently assigned as an RTTOIC commander.

 

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Lieutenant Brandon Kersey

Lieutenant Brandon Kersey began his public safety career in 2008 at the Camden County Communications Center where he served as a public safety telecommunicator for two years before joining the former Camden City Police Department in 2010. With the city department, he served as an officer in the Patrol Division and on the Tactical Force and later became a narcotics detective in 2012.

In 2013, Lieutenant Kersey joined the Camden County Police Department where he served as a field training officer and a sergeant with the Neighborhood Response Team. In 2017, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. He currently serves as a watch commander in the Real-Time Tactical Operational Intelligence Center.

 

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Lieutenant Daniel Pope

Lieutenant Daniel Pope has served as a law enforcement officer in the City of Camden since 2002, when he began his career with the former city police department. He served in the patrol and community policing units along with the detective bureau where he was part of the Violent Crimes Task Force.

He joined the Camden County Police Department at its launch in 2013 and has served as a sergeant in patrol and the Neighborhood Response Team. He was promoted to lieutenant in March 2018 and is assigned to Strategic Deployment as a watch commander in the Real Time Tactical Operational Intelligence Center (RTTOIC).

Lieutenant Pope has received numerous awards and citations over the years and has served as an instructor at the Camden County College Police Academy.

 

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Lieutenant Gabriel Rodriguez

East Camden native Gabriel Rodriguez has been a police officer in Camden for more than 15 years, having joined the former Camden City Police Department in January 2003.

As an officer he served in patrol from 2003 to 2006 and then in the Community Policing Unit from 2006 to 2008. In 2008 he was reassigned to the Violent Crimes Task Force, Strategic Multi-Agency Shooting and Homicide (SMASH) Team as a detective. In 2012 he was assigned to the K-9 unit where he proudly served as a dog handler with his K-9 partner Serge.

In 2013 he joined the Camden County Police Department as a sergeant. He has served as a supervisor in multiple areas within the Operations Bureau, Community Safety Team and in the Real Time Tactical Operational Intelligence Center (RTTOIC). He is currently assigned as the Strategic Deployment day commander and commander of the NRT-Central unit.

Lieutenant Rodriguez has earned numerous awards, commendations and training certifications throughout his law enforcement career.

 

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Lieutenant Jeremy Merck

Lieutenant Jeremy Merck has been a police officer for 10 years. Prior to starting his law enforcement career, Merck served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2000 to 2004. After deploying to Iraq in 2003 and Afghanistan in 2004, he was honorably discharged as a sergeant. He attended the Cape May County Police Academy in 2005 and worked as a police officer in Evesham Township from 2005 to 2013. While serving in Evesham, he was assigned to the patrol bureau, bike unit and the S.W.A.T. team. Over the past 15 years in public service he has earned numerous awards, commendations, citations and training certifications.

He was hired by the Camden County Police Department as an officer in March 2013. He quickly became a field training officer for new police officers and was promoted to sergeant in October 2013. He worked as a patrol sergeant, Community Safety Team sergeant and Neighborhood Response Team sergeant.

He was promoted to lieutenant on June 1, 2015 and took command of day-to-day Neighborhood Response Team operations in the city’s 3rd District covering East Camden and Cramer Hill. He is currently assigned as the Strategic Deployment night commander.

 

Lieutenant Ella Roberts

Lieutenant Ella Roberts began her law enforcement career in 1996 when she joined the former Camden Police Department. She served in a variety of capacities while there as an officer, detective and acting sergeant, including community policing, patrol, the Juvenile Bureau, Special Victims Unit and the mayor’s security detail.

In 2013 she joined the Camden County Police Department where she started in patrol before being assigned as a sergeant to Internal Affairs from 2014 to 2018. She was promoted to lieutenant in 2017 and in March 2018 was assigned as commander of the Body Worn Camera Unit.

 

Criminal Investigations Division

 

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Deputy Chief Richard Verticelli

Deputy Chief Richard Verticelli has been in law enforcement in Camden for more than 20 years. He spent one year at the Camden County Correctional Facility before joining the former Camden Police Department. He was hired as a lieutenant with the Camden County Police Department in 2013.

Deputy Chief Verticelli was part of the former Camden Police Department SWAT team for 10 years, serving as commander of the team from 2008 to 2012. He was also a member of the Tactical Force from 2000-2004 and became Tactical Force commander in 2008 upon being promoted to lieutenant.

He has earned numerous awards and training certifications and served at the Camden County Police Academy as lead instructor for the street survival course from 2004-2011.

In 2015 he was assigned as supervisor of the department’s Criminal Investigations Division after previously serving as a commander in the Operations Bureau. In February 2018 he was named deputy chief in command of the department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

 

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Captain Pasquale Giannini

Captain Pasquale Giannini has been a police officer in Camden since 1994, starting with the former Camden Police Department. He began his career in patrol as an officer and later joined the Tactical Force and SWAT team with the Camden Police Department before being promoted to sergeant in 2000. From 2003-2010, he supervised officers in the Tactical Force and was a team leader on the SWAT team, which was named Camden Police Department “Unit of the Year” in 2004. From 2011 until April of 2013 he served with the Strategic Multi-Agency Shooting and Homicide (SMASH) Team, the Violent Crimes Task Force, the Intelligence Unit and the Tactical Narcotics Team.

Since the inception of the Camden County Police Department in 2013, Captain Giannini has served as commander of the Real Time Tactical Operations and Information Center (RTTOIC), commander of the Neighborhood Response Team in the 3rd District and executive officer in the Criminal Investigations Division. In July 2017 he was named Neighborhood Response Team commander for the city’s 1st District. He holds numerous police instructor certifications, including firearms, specialty impact munitions and chemical munitions. He was named captain in and assigned as commander of the Investigative Bureau in 2018.

 

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Lieutenant William Frampton

Lieutenant William Frampton has been in law enforcement for 20 years. He spent 16 years with the former Camden Police Department and was then hired as a detective by the Camden County Police Department in April 2013.

While serving in the former city police department, he was assigned to several units: Patrol Division, Tactical Force and the SWAT/ESU Team.  He was later promoted to detective and assigned to the Shooting and Homicide Response Team.

Upon joining the Camden County Police Department he was assigned to the Investigations Division and was promoted to sergeant in October 2013. Frampton served as a supervisor on the Community Safety Team and then as acting lieutenant of the Community Safety Team and the Detective Bureau until his permanent promotion to lieutenant on June 1, 2015. Lieutenant Frampton is currently the commander of the Shooting Response Teams, Homicide and Narcotics-Gang units as well as all detectives assigned to specialized investigative task forces.

Lieutenant Frampton has earned numerous awards, commendations, citations and training certifications throughout his law enforcement career.

 

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Lieutenant Kevin Lutz

Lieutenant Kevin Lutz began his law enforcement career in 2002 with the Oaklyn Police Department before joining the former Camden City Police Department in 2006.  Prior to embarking on his law enforcement career, Lieutenant Lutz served four years in the United States Marine Corps as a military police officer and was a member of the All-Marine wrestling team.  He received his honorable discharge in 2002.

With the city department, Lieutenant Lutz served on the SWAT team, Tactical Force, Violent Crimes Task Force, HIDTA Narcotics task force and the Strategic Multi-Agency Shooting and Homicide (SMASH) task force. He joined the Camden County Police Department in 2013 where he served as a field training officer and front line supervisor before being assigned to supervise all training related functions of the department and police academy.  Lieutenant Lutz currently serves as the commander of the Professional Development and Training Bureau as well as deputy director of the Camden County College Police Academy. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2015.

Lieutenant Lutz has earned numerous awards and commendations throughout his law enforcement career for heroism, bravery and meritorious service. He assisted in the creation of the Police Executive Research Forum’s ICAT (Integrating Communications, Assessment and Tactics) Training Guide and continues to promote national de-escalation efforts, use of force training and reform. Lieutenant Lutz is a graduate of the 67th session of PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration and a master’s degree in administrative science, both from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

 

Support Services Division

 

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Captain Anthony Moffa

Captain Anthony Moffa began his law enforcement career in 1999 with the former Camden Police Department. He served as a patrolman until being promoted to sergeant in 2004. His assignments as sergeant included supervising officers in patrol, the traffic unit and special operations. In 2011 he was promoted to lieutenant in the Patrol Division. He also served in the SWAT team for the former city department.

He joined the Camden County Police Department in 2013 and was promoted to captain in March 2018. He is a member of the multi-agency Camden County Crash Response Team and has numerous Police Training Commission certifications, including as firearms, rifle, conducted energy devices and physical fitness instructor. He has received several special recognitions and awards for his work, including commendations for meritorious service, bravery and exemplary service and holds a B.A. in public administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

 

Professional Standards Bureau

 

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Captain Alexsandro Ibarrondo

Captain Alexsandro Ibarrondo has been in law enforcement in Camden since 1998 when he joined the former Camden Police Department.

During his law enforcement career, Captain Ibarrondo served as a narcotics and shooting response team detective before being promoted to detective sergeant in 2008. He then served on the Governor’s Crime Plan, Task Force Overarch and Task Force Landing Strip.

He joined the Camden County Police Department in 2013 as a lieutenant and served as commander of the Real Time Tactical Operational Intelligence Center (RTTOIC) before being assigned as commander of the Professional Standards Bureau. He was promoted to captain on June 1, 2015.

Captain Ibarrondo earned his B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2017. He holds numerous special certifications, including from the National Drug Intelligence Center, the New Jersey State Police Training Academy and the New Jersey Statewide Narcotics Task Force. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1998 through 2004 as a sergeant and staff sergeant.

 

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Lieutenant Julio Rios

Lieutenant Julio Rios has served in law enforcement in the City of Camden since 1994 when he joined the former Camden Police Department where he started out in patrol before becoming a narcotics detective. Over the years he also worked as a shooting and homicide detective and served on the mayor’s security detail from 2010 to 2011.

He joined the Camden County Police Department in 2013 as a sergeant and supervised detectives investigating shooting incidents and homicides. In 2015 he was assigned to the Professional Standards Bureau and was then promoted to lieutenant in June of that year.

Before beginning his law enforcement career, Lieutenant Rios spent five years in the United States Marine Corps where he was a sergeant in Special Operations-RECON. He has received numerous commendations and awards over the course of his career for exceptional service, bravery and meritorious service. He has also earned numerous certifications, including for hostage and crisis negotiations from the FBI, drug investigations from the DEA and advanced interview and interrogation techniques from the New Jersey State Police.

 

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Lieutenant Janell Simpson

Born and raised in Camden, Lieutenant Janell Simpson began her law enforcement career in the city when she joined the former Camden Police Department in 2002.

Simpson started her career as an officer in patrol and then community policing before becoming a detective in 2007. In 2013 she joined the Camden County Police Department and became a sergeant and took charge of the Special Victims Unit supervising missing persons investigations and the department’s juvenile bureau. In 2017 she was promoted to lieutenant in command of the department’s Shooting Response Team. She is part of the Camden County Child Abduction Response Team and has completed specialized National Center for Missing and Exploited Children training on child abductions and missing persons.

Lieutenant Simpson is currently assigned to the department’s Professional Standards Bureau.