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to the twenty-four new polie officers

Class of 2018 

paterson police Chief Troy Oswald


Chief Oswald is the 16th Paterson Chief of Police, sworn in on March 16, 2018.  Chief Oswald has been a police officer for 31 years.  He has worked in just about every division in the City of Paterson.

Chief Oswald began his carrier in the Patrol Division.  Within a short period of time he was transferred to the Task Force.  He then was assigned to Community Policing and the new forming bicycle unit. 

Chief Oswald was then promoted to Detective and assigned to the Warrant Unit.  Within two years Chief Oswald was promoted to Sergeant.  Chief Oswald spent most of the Sergeant rank in Training, Street Crimes and Narcotics.

Chief Oswald was promoted to Lieutenant and spent that rank in Narcotics and Street Crimes.  From Narcotics, Chief Oswald was promoted to Captain and took over the new District 2 patrol shift.

Chief Oswald was then transferred to Internal Affairs.  After two years in Internal Affairs, Chief Oswald returned to Narcotics.  Chief Oswald remained as the commander in Narcotics for 7 years and in 2016 he was promoted to Deputy Chief. 

As Deputy Chief, Oswald was assigned as the City Wide Commander at night.  In 2018 Chief Oswald was named the permanent Chief of Police.

As Chief, he has worked to build professionalism, strengthen community ties and reduce violent crime.  He has also held officer accountable at the same time building morale with the ranks.

Chief Oswald has an under graduate degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers and a Masters degree from Seton Hall University.  Chief Oswald has also been a college professor for 12 years. 

Chief Oswald has been married for 21 years to his wife and they have an 19 year old son who is a Biology major in college.