A Message from Chief of Police William J. Worden:
In fulfilling our mission, the men and women of the Port Jervis City Police Department diligently work in partnership with our community to improve the quality of life of our residents. Our officers strive to provide professional police service in an ethical and courteous manner, with courage, vision and integrity, to make Port Jervis a safer place to live, work, raise a family and recreate. Community policing is a philosophy that incorporates the key elements of partnerships and problem solving. Proactive, community based policing strategies continue to be a proven crime suppression method and an integral component of the City’s ongoing efforts to build trust, promote partnerships, and enhance the quality of life for each and every member of our community.
Building strong, vibrant communities through collaboration of the Police with the community we serve equates to success. Capitalizing on the strong sense of pride and spirit that resonates throughout our community, the members of the Port Jervis Police Department work closely with our citizens, schools, government agencies, neighborhood watch groups, businesses, faith based and health and human service organizations, and various community groups to address crime, disorder, and quality of life conditions. Service is woven within the moral fabric of our officers who tirelessly and diligently protect and serve our residents and businesses through engaging in community policing and problem solving strategies, proactive preventative patrol, law enforcement, and criminal investigations, crime prevention, activities and educational outreach to prevent and reduce the effects of crime and disorder.
The efforts of our dynamic and community responsive officers and the various crime prevention and outreach programs are working effectively to fulfill our mission. Maintaining a relatively stable crime rate can be attributed to the tireless commitment of the men and women who proudly serve our community through proactive uniform patrol, professional investigative and support services, and commitment to provide awareness, civic engagement and crime prevention services in partnership with our citizens.
Serving as the hub of the Tri-State area, the City of Port Jervis faces a multitude of challenges, some old and some new. By working collaboratively with community and law enforcement partners, our traditions and values of supporting our youth, embracing community pride, promoting excellence, integrity, justice, education and compassion are time tested cornerstones that are vibrant and will continue to lead our organization and community to success.
I invite you to become a partner and help our Police Officers make the City of Port Jervis a safer place to live by getting involved. Join a neighborhood watch group, stay informed and get involved in a community issue or concern helping others in need, be an observant, caring and considerate neighbor, or volunteer in a youth or community service group, or public emergency service organization. The men and women of the Port Jervis City Police Department are extremely grateful for your continued support of our mission to protect and serve and look forward to meeting the challenges of our future and providing our community with unmatched excellence and superior law enforcement service.
-Chief William Worden
BIO: Chief of Police William J. Worden
Chief William Worden has served with the City of Port Jervis Police Department as a police officer since 1993 graduating from the Rockland County Police Academy. Chief Worden has served in the ranks of Patrol Officer, Detective, and Sergeant and was sworn in as the City’s 14th Chief of Police during the summer of the City’s Centennial Year in 2007. Chief Worden commands a department consisting of 32 full time sworn police officers and 17 full and part time civilian support staff consisting of Animal Control Officers, Administrative Assistant, Police Matrons, Communications Clerks/Dispatchers and School Crossing Guards.
Chief Worden is a graduate of the Port Jervis City School District and holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice/Police Science from SUNY Orange, Bachelor in Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Mercy College, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Management and Operations and Human Resource Management from John Jay College of Criminal Justice – West Point Campus. Chief Worden is a certified New York State General Topics Police Instructor and is an instructor for the Police Chief’s Association of Orange County Police Academy located in New Windsor, NY, and serves as an adjunct instructor for the Department of Criminal Justice at SUNY Orange located in Middletown, NY.
Chief Worden served as President of the Police Chiefs’ of Orange County from 2015-2016 and now serves on the organization’s executive board as Immediate Past President, and is a member of the Orange County Police Advisory Board, Orange County Traffic Safety Board, Orange County Prescription Pain Medication and Opiate Drug Abuse Task Force, Port Jervis/Orange County Dept. of Mental Health Court Connections Project, Orange County District Attorney’s Community Advisory Board, Orange County Domestic Violence Committee, Operation PJ PRIDE, New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, Mid-Hudson Association of Chiefs of Police and Chairperson of the City of Port Jervis National Night Out Against Crime Committee.
In addition, Chief Worden is a member of the Port Jervis Fire Department Maghogomock Hook and Ladder Co #1., Port Jervis Neighborhood Watch, and is an active parishioner of St. Mary’s Church, Port Jervis, and NY, where he volunteers and assists with the Parish food pantry.
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