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Ridgewood Picks New Police Chief RHS Grad Jacqueline Luthcke

Chief John Ward and Captain Jacqueline Luthcke

photo courtesy of Ridgewood PD 2013 4th of July Parade

June 29,2016

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Captain Jacqueline Luthcke will be Ridgewood’s next Chief of Police and Ridgewood’s first woman Chief of Police effective July 1, 2016.

RHS Class of 1988 ie… Jacqueline Bartlett , she took police test and waited 2 1/2 years to be called up. ( at same time as Hoerst (sp) Chemical Co wanted her for international director of security and Prosecutors office  also wanted her. ) She was working as a private investigator and doing executive protection in the meantime. She guarded Christopher Reeves in his first public appearance and the VP of the US at the Baseball Hall Of Fame dinner.

Captain Luthcke started her career with the Ridgewood Police Department in 1996 as a patrol officer advancing to Sergeant in 2005, Lieutenant in 2008 and Captain in 2010. She holds a BA Degree in Sociology/Criminology from Ohio University, where she was graduated with honors. She is a graduate of the West Point Command and Leadership course run by the New Jersey State Association Of Chiefs of Police — graduating first in her class and receiving the Chief Harry Wilde Academic Achievement Award.

Jacqueline has also been active in the Ridgewood community and has been the face of the Ridgewood Police Department to our community.  Jacqueline has had a  distinguished career and has impressive credentials. We are confident that she will make an excellent Chief and that out community will be well served.

She was also a panelists with Lynne Algrant, Councilwoman, Englewood; Stephen Borg, Publisher / President, North Jersey Media Group; Jacqueline Luthcke, Captain, Ridgewood Police Department; Robert Sommer, Public Affairs Executive / Jersey City Official; James Tedesco, Bergen County Executive at the Civility in Public Discourse panel discussion in February.

Mayor Aronsohn in what maybe his last act before he leaves office will be swearing Chief Luthcke in on Friday July 1st at 9:00 A.M. at BF Middle School where the ceremony will also be attended by the graduating class of the Junior Police Academy.