Galloway's Pat Moran Sworn in as Vice President of County Police Chiefs Organization
He was one of five officers sworn in to new positions at the Ram's Head Inn on Thursday.
Galloway Township Police Chief Pat Moran was sworn in as the Vice President of the Atlantic County Association of Chiefs of Police (ACACOP) on Thursday morning March 14 at the Ram's Head Inn, ACACOP announced.
Four other officers were also sworn in, including Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Chief Daren Dooley, as President; Egg Harbor City Police Chief John McColgan, as Treasurer; Egg Harbor Township Police Chief Michael Morris, as Secretary; and Mullica Township Police Chief John Thompson Jr., as Chief-at-Arms.
All officers serve two-year terms.
Officers are nominated by their peers. Moran was the Chief-at-Arms the last two years.
“It’s an honor to be in that position,” Moran said. “It means I have the respect of the chiefs in the county. The duties of the Vice President are not so demanding that you lose focus on your first project. I am able to focus on Galloway Township, which is my first priority at all times.”
The Vice President is in charge of making sure paperwork is properly filled out for new members. He also has his own committees. Moran in charge of the K-9 and Police Training committees.
Moran began his career in 1990, and has worked in the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Egg Harbor City Police Department, where he helped to establish the K-9 unit.
He joined the Galloway Township Police Department in 1993, was assigned to the Detective’s Bureau in 1998, was promoted to corporal in 2003 and was promoted to sergeant in 2004. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2007, and chief in 2009.
The ACACOP facilitates coordinated police agency activity in the county; elevates police standards; ensures humane treatment in law enforcement; and promotes the advancement of the prevention and detection of crime and overall police efficiency.
“We act as liaisons,” Moran said. “We’re liaisons to the SWAT Team and training committees. The county is in charge, and we oversee it.”
He said the group also ensures that all voices throughout the county are heard as it relates to every aspect of training and leadership.
“We’re also able to get together and discuss issues at hand affecting all policy throughout the county,” Moran said.
This includes a change in defensive tactic systems and upgrades in the countywide radio system, which were ultimately defeated because there was not enough support from the municipalities in the county. Galloway supported the upgrades, Moran said.
All police chiefs in the county, the county sheriff, the chiefs of the county investigators and state and federal law enforcement officials in the county.
“It is an honor to have been installed as the next President of the Atlantic County Association of Chiefs of Police,” Dooley said in a release issued on Thursday. “I look forward to working with such a talented group of law enforcement executives to provide coordinated and efficient law enforcement services to the citizens and visitors of Atlantic County.”
State Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa delivered the keynote address, and Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor James P. McClain administered the oaths of office.
State Senator Jeff Van Drew, Assemblymen Chris Brown, Atlantic County Freeholder Board Chairman Frank Formica, Atlantic City Tourism District Commander Tom Gilbert and former Atlantic County Prosecutor, Jeffrey S. Blitz were also in attendance.