Hudson County law enforcement honors retiring Chief Dowd in North Bergen

New Chief of Police Peter Fasilis sworn in

Photo by Art Schwartz.

North Bergen Police Chief Robert Dowd retired from his position on April 30. As a tribute to his more than 26 years of service on the force, officers from throughout the region participated in a parade of police vehicles in his honor.

Numerous North Bergen Police Department officers stood at attention as a record of his many accomplishments was read over the police radio. Dozens of vehicles motored down the street with sirens on and lights flashing, each pausing briefly in acknowledgment.

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Participating in the event were vehicles from North Bergen, Guttenberg, West New York, Union City, Weehawken, Hoboken, Jersey City, Secaucus, East Newark, Harrison, the Hudson County Prosecutors Office, Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, Hudson County Corrections, New Jersey Transit Police, Port Authority Police, and others, according to the township.

New Chief Fasilis sworn in

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Chief Dowd was presented with a framed and folded American flag by Deputy Chief Peter Fasilis.

The final words recited over the police radio were, “Chief, thank you for your 26 plus years of service to the Township of North Bergen. You are officially off duty. Enjoy your retirement.”

North Bergen Deputy Chief Peter Fasilis took the oath of office as the Chief of Police on May 1. He was sworn in by Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Commissioner Allen Pascual at a small ceremony at town hall.

Due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony was limited only to Chief Fasilis’s immediate family and designated township officials. The oath of office ceremony was streamed live on the North Bergen Police Department’s Facebook page.

Fasilis will be the 10th Chief of Police in the township’s history.

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