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Woodbury police chief honored by International Police Chief Association

Woodbury police chief honored by International Police Chief Association 

(Woodbury, NJ) On Tuesday, Nov. 20 the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders presented Woodbury Police Chief Tom Ryan with a proclamation recognizing him on being selected by the International Police Chief Association (IPCA) as a "40 under 40" award recipient.

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, “The IACP is the world's largest and most influential professional association for police leaders. The "40 under 40 Award" program is designed to recognize forty law enforcement professionals under the age of forty from around the world that demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment to their profession.”

Chief Ryan was selected by the IACP to receive this award due to his leadership and dedication to improve community-police relations in Woodbury.

Freeholder Jim Jefferson, Liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services, said, “It is thanks to the hard work of Chief Tom Ryan that the Woodbury Police Department created the Addictions Resource Table, a program linking officers to individuals to find treatment for substance abuse. He also had a hand in creating the Autism/Development Disability Registry, a registry used to catalog information crucial to a missing person situation, such as description, routine, and special needs.”

Jefferson said that Ryan has showed incredible dedication to the work he does through his work on the police force and his community service work as a member of various boards and committees, including the Gloucester County Addictions Task Force, Gloucester County Mental Health Board and the Diversity Recruiting Committee and Veterans' Initiative Board.

Pictured: Freeholder Jim Jefferson and Woodbury Police Chief Tom Ryan