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DiSimone Becomes West Deptford's New Deputy Police Chief

The longtime West Deptford officer rose to the No. 2 spot in the department after just over five years as lieutenant.

There’s a new deputy police chief in West Deptford.

Samuel DiSimone, who’s been with the since 1994, was promoted from lieutenant to the deputy chief’s post Thursday night, filling the vacancy left when former deputy chief Glenn Dobbins retired last year.

It’s another step up the ladder for DiSimone, who’s spent his career here, rising from the patrol division up through the ranks, though he said he never expected he’d end up this high up when he first joined the force in 1994.

“I was just hoping to get through probation,” he said. “You just do your job the best you can, and let the chips fall where they may.”

DiSimone, who’s been everything from lead internal affairs officer to a school resource officer to a police academy instructor, said his fellow officers make the job worthwhile, and make attaining his new rank possible.

“I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else—I absolutely love it,” he said. “I truly believe I work in the best department in Gloucester County.”

Current Chief Craig Mangano called DiSimone a dedicated, hardworking officer who puts everything he has into the job and the township.

“He has had an outstanding career,” Mangano said. “He’ll make a fine deputy chief.”

Besides his police experience, DiSimone has a masters degree in public administration, and is also , a prestigious law enforcement training program which takes only the top one percent of applicants.

While at the FBI National Academy, DiSimone had the chance to train alongside top officers from departments around the country and the world, and said after graduation he found much in common with his fellow officers, as they were trained in leadership and managerial skills.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re working in West Deptford or Los Angeles,” he said of his experience in the program. “Right now, everybody is going through the same problems.”

Mike Dobson March 13, 2012 at 12:02 AM
With all due respect to Dep. Chief DeSimone; the police in West Deptford are NOT facing the same challenges as cops in L.A., or Philadelphia, or as nearby as Camden. Gangs, flagrant open-air drug sales and prostitution, daily gun violence, low police pay (compare WDPD pay to Phila. or Camden), over-burdened court system, low police-to-citizen ratio, etc.... I'm not demeaning the job that WD and all other small suburban town police do. It's dangerous work, and anything can happen. But to claim that WD is facing the same challenges as Camden or Philadelphia, simply isn't realistic.
Tom Purvenas March 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Congradulations!
jack magee March 13, 2012 at 06:42 PM
great job
NJcorruptionsux July 17, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I agree with you, Mike. That's why I say does WD even need 40 police averaging $100.000 a year for each one of them? And they are not as honorable as they claim to be. I personally have been violated by this police department and that's the truth. They think the are "all that." The ones that I am aware of in this department break the law and commit crimes by suppressing evidence to protect their own. In my view, they are like a gang, protecting their own and hiding behind the badge....

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