Last Constable and First Police Chief
of East Greenwich N.J.
Photograph from East Greenwich Township Centennial Booklet 1881-1981
in 1695, when Old Gloucester County was divided into "Constablewicks,"
a constable was the person who maintained local law enforcement, working in conjunction
with the county sheriff.
The position of constable was usually a part-time
one, so in addition local citizens often formed organizations to protect their
residents from harm, and to pursue those suspected of stealing horses, mules,
livestock, wagons and other personal property. On February 7, 1914, an association
known as "The Mickleton Mutual Pursuing and Detective Association,"
was formed with Herbert Brown as first president with 196 citizens joining this
The first East Greenwich Township constable was Hugh Mulvey. The
last two constables of East Greenwich were Christian Miller and Warner "Doc"
Bundens. Warner Bundens became our first police chief in the 1920's, when he was
officially appointed by East Greenwich Township. At that time, deputies were temporary
appointments, as needed.
Following Warner Bundens, other Chiefs of Police included Robert
Gould, Sr., Tex Novak, Carl Clement, Bob Madison, Chris Constantino,
Alfred Malinowski, and Raymond R. Miller, Scott
Goess, and William
E. Giordano (who retired in 2009) As our township grew, so
did our police force.
Barry Jenkins (2009-current) is the department's Chief Executive,
having command over the police department and having responsibility
for day-to-day operations, accountable directly to the Township
The East Greenwich Township Police Department currently has a total of sixteen
officers, including 6 in the Community Policing Unit that are responsible for
services including DARE, TRIAD, Neighborhood Watch, and House Checks. A Detective
Unit, consisting of two officers, follows up on crimes or cases of a complex nature.
Traffic Services, consisting of 3 officers, handles issues resulting from our
township's increased population and growth.
The East Greenwich Police
Department mission statement includes: "Recognizing our responsibility to
maintain order, while affording dignity and respect to every individual, our objective
is to improve the quality of life through a community partnership which promotes
safe, secure neighborhoods."
of Scott Goess to Deputy Chief of Police - January 25, 2005
History of the Early Court System in Gloucester County
(dead link March 2006)
Current Gloucester County - Office
of the Sheriff