Mayor Yaede Selects Longtime Police Captain to Succeed Retiring Chief
For over 33 years, Police Captain
James M. Stevens has served in various capacities, such as the Police Captain
of Criminal Investigations, as Hamilton’s Counter Terrorism Coordinator, as the
Division’s first Public Information Officer, as the Township’s S.W.A.T.
(Special Weapons and Tactics) Commander and as Hamilton’s School Safety Liaison
Now Mayor Kelly Yaede has selected
Stevens to serve in another important public safety role – as the community’s
next Police Chief.
Stevens - a graduate of the FBI’s
Executive Command Leadership Academy - will succeed retiring Police Chief James
W. Collins, who has served as Hamilton’s Chief since 2002.
Mayor Yaede noted that the community
is very fortunate to enjoy the service of three outstanding Police Captains –
any one of whom would make an outstanding Police Chief. However, there can be only one Police Chief. Hamilton’s Mayor explained her confidence as
to why Stevens will serve in this capacity with honor and distinction.
“Not only does Captain Stevens
possess an impressive background in areas critical to public safety, such as in
criminal investigations, counter terrorism and school safety; he has also been an
effective leader when it comes to transparency and communication with our
law-abiding citizens,” explains Mayor Kelly Yaede, who also serves as
Hamilton’s Director of Public Safety.
“Additionally, Captain Stevens shares my same priorities when it comes
to maintaining and enhancing public safety in Hamilton Township.”
Stevens has identified three
priorities that he plans to focus upon as Hamilton’s next Chief of Police:
Further improving school safety and security measures in
collaboration with existing law enforcement and first responder partners
Expanding the invaluable partnership between the
Police and law-abiding citizens through expanded social media outreach that
focuses on reducing crime
Improving crime analysis capabilities through the use
of real time intelligence gathering and the Police Division’s recently enhanced
“I am honored by the confidence
that Mayor Yaede has placed in me to serve the law abiding citizens of our
community as their next Police Chief. I
look forward to continue working with Mayor Yaede in this new capacity so that
we can continue to maintain what our entire community desires: a safe Hamilton
Township for all of our families, neighbors and loved ones,” says Stevens.
Stevens will be officially sworn in
as Hamilton’s next Police Chief on June 1st.