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About this picture: Daisy Mercado congratulates her daughter, Capt. Lourdes Phelan, the first woman promoted to captain in the history of the Paterson Police Department, on her promotion after she took her oath of office during a ceremony held at City Hall on Monday.
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About this picture: The Honorable Mayor Jose “joey” Torres and Police Director Jerry Speziale proudly announce that the recent group of twenty‐five (25) police recruits hired on July 21, 2014 will formally graduate the police academy on Friday; December 19, 2014. 

Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale

Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale


Police Director for the Paterson Police Department with a staff of (400) sworn and (125) civilians. The City of Paterson is the 2nd most densely populated City in the United States with 165,000 residents, among 56 different ethnic and religious backgrounds in an area of 8.6 square miles. 

Chief of Police for the City of Prichard, located in the Mobile, Alabama Metropolitan area reducing crime by nearly 64% through hotspot policing crime strategies.

Deputy Police Superintendent of NY-NJ Port Authority Police Department, a bi-state law enforcement agency with 1700 officers responsible for the safety and security of the public, travelers and tenants in all Port Authority, land, sea, air and rail facilities.

Sheriff of Passaic County, restructuring the courts, jails and patrol division.

For nearly, (25) years, acted as a subject matter expert - consultant for the US Department of Justice conducting research and development, coordinating multi-jurisdictional wiretap investigations and resource allocation.

Law enforcement career has led me around the world from overseas drug raids with the DEA, managing investigations for the NYPD’s Organized Control Bureau, Commander of the Passaic County Narcotics Task Force, Chief of the New Hope Police Department, Chief of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff of Passaic County for nearly a decade.

Director Speziale

Director Speziale

Master’s in Government Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University and Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from Caldwell College, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute, and Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Law Enforcement Executive Development School. 

Recognized for saving the victims of two separate kidnappings and world-renowned wiretap expert for the United States Department of Justice. 

Author of “Without a Badge,” which is a true story that chronicles his fast-living years as a victorious undercover drug agent in South America.