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.
Chief Thomson’s testimony is cited in the President’s Task Force Report on 21st Century Policing on using community policing to reduce crime. He is 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 and The American Law Institute’s Principles of the Law- Police Investigations. He is 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 President of the Police Executive Research Forum in Washington, D.C.
Assistant Chief of Police Orlando Cuevas has spent his entire 25 years in law enforcement in Camden and holds an M.A.S. from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Assistant Chief Cuevas worked his way up through the ranks of the former Camden Police Department, serving in patrol, crime scene investigations, evidence and auto theft investigations. As a lieutenant, he served as commander of the Juvenile Bureau and also the Detective Bureau. As a captain, he headed the Investigations Division. In 2008 he was promoted to inspector of operations and in 2010 he was named inspector of support services.
He joined the Camden County Police Department in May of 2013 as deputy chief and was promoted to assistant chief of police on Oct. 28, 2013.
Born and raised in Camden, Deputy Chief Joseph L. Williams has spent more than two decades as a police officer in the city.
Deputy Chief Williams began his law enforcement career in 1993 with the former Camden Police Department. As an officer and as a sergeant, he served in patrol and was part of the SWAT team and Tactical Force. As a lieutenant, he served as a watch commander and commander of day-to-day police operations in District 4. He has earned numerous commendations, awards and training certifications throughout his career.
He joined the Camden County Police Department on April 8, 2013, as deputy chief in charge of the Operations Bureau, overseeing the Metro North, Metro South and Operational Support divisions.
Deputy Chief Joseph Wysocki is a 24-year police veteran in Camden, having joined the Camden Police Department in 1991.
During his tenure, Deputy 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.
Deputy Chief Wysocki holds a B.A. 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 on Oct. 28, 2013.
Chief of Staff James F. Bruno, Sr. joined the Camden County Police Department in March of 2013.
Chief of Staff Bruno began his law enforcement career in 1991 with the Collingswood Police Department where he served as a patrol officer, corporal, detective and accident investigator. He was also a member of the Zone 1 Critical Incident Team for four years. In 2001, he joined the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office where he was initially assigned to the Major Crimes Unit. He was later transferred to the Homicide Unit where he spent almost six years investigating homicides and as the team leader for the Camden County Crash Response Investigation Team.
He has an M.A. in human resources training and development from Seton Hall University and a B.S. in law and justice from Rowan University. He remains a member of the Camden County College Police Academy physical training staff and is an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Lt. Felix Rivera (District 1)
Lt. Jeremy Merck (District 3)
Lt. Zsakhiem James (District 2)
Lt. Linda Alicea (District 4)
Captain Richard Verticelli has been in law enforcement in Camden for more than 18 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.
Captain 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.
He serves as executive officer for uniformed operations within the Operations Bureau.
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 in January and has supervised internal affairs complaints and background investigations into police officers and aides hired by the department.
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.
Captain Camacho supervises Patrol and Neighborhood Response Team operations in the the city’s four police districts.
Lieutenant Felix Rivera has been a police officer in Camden for 19 years, having joined the Camden Police Department in February 1996.
As an officer he served in patrol from 1996-2000, in the Community Policing Unit Northern Division from 2000-2004 and then with the regional H.I.D.T.A. task force from 2004-2008. During this time he received two unit awards – one while assigned to the community policing unit and the second while assigned to H.I.D.T.A.
In 2008 he was promoted to sergeant assigned to the Violent Crimes Task Force, Strategic Multi-Agency Shooting and Homicide Team and Tactical Narcotics Team. He has earned numerous award and training certificates.
After joining the Camden County Police Department in April 2013, he was assigned to patrol. In October 2013 he was assigned to the Neighborhood Response Team in District 1 On Aug. 3, 2014, he was promoted to lieutenant and assigned as commander of day-to-day police operations in District 1 which covers North Camden and downtown.
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 police operations in the city’s 3rd District covering East Camden and Cramer Hill.
South Camden native Zsakhiem R. James has been a police officer in the city for more than two decades, having begun 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 day-to-day police operations in the city’s 2nd District covering the Fairview, Waterfront South, Centerville, Liberty Park and Bergen Square neighborhoods.
Born and raised in North Camden, Linda Alicea has been in law enforcement for more than 18 years. After spending the first two years of her career with the New Jersey Department of Corrections, she joined the former Camden City Police Department in 1999. With the city department, she served in the Community Oriented Policing Unit and was later promoted to detective. She served with the mayor’s security detail, the Tactical Force, Camden County Narcotics Team and the Department of Criminal Justice.
In February 2013 she was hired by the Camden County Police Department and promoted to Sergeant becoming the first Hispanic female supervisor in the history of Camden. With the Camden County Police Department, she has served in several capacities within the Operations Bureau from watch commander in the Real-Time Tactical Operational Intelligence Center to the patrol operations supervisor. She has earned numerous awards, commendations, citations and training certifications throughout her law enforcement career.
On June 1, 2015, she was promoted to lieutenant and assigned as commander of day-to-day police operations in the city’s 4th District covering Whitman Park and Parkside.