Friday, August 22, 2014

The Chief's Office

      Welcome to the Township of Fairfield Police Department's web site. I hope our site will provide you with information and insight regarding the police services available to our community.

The Fairfield Police Department is dedicated to providing quality, professional services, while protecting life and property through community partnerships. Examples are committees with residents, school personnel and our business community that demonstrate our commitment to a Community Policing philosophy.

I am most proud of the outstanding statewide reputation our agency enjoys. It is a tribute to the fine men and women who represent this department every day!

We want our web site to be informative. As you explore the site, I welcome any comments or suggestions you might have. Please feel free to email me @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sincerely,

Anthony G. Manna

Deputy Chief of Police/Officer in Charge

Biography

Deputy Chief Anthony G. Manna was born and raised in Fairfield. He is a graduate of West Essex High School and attended Caldwell College, where he graduated with a BA Degree in Criminal Justice. Prior to joining the police department, he was a member of the Fairfield Fire Department for 10 years. He joined the Fairfield Police Department on January 4, 1985.

From 1985 until 1988, he served as a patrol officer. From 1989-1991, Deputy Chief Manna served on the West Essex Sheriff's Tactical Narcotics Enforcement Team known as W.E.S.T.N.E.T., a narcotics task force made up of officers from Fairfield, West Caldwell, North Caldwell, Caldwell, Verona, Cedar Grove and the Essex County Sheriff's Department. The task force, which conducted undercover operations throughout Essex County, was responsible for over 250 arrests duing their operation.

Upon returning from his task force assignment, Deputy Chief Manna was assigned to the department's Investigative Division as a detective, serving in that Division for approximately 13 years. During this time period, he also became the department's first Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) officer, teaching classes at the elementary, junior and senior high school levels and was a member of the Fairfield Municipal Alliance Committee. He was promoted to sergeant in January 1995 and eventually became the Investigative Division commander, responsible for overseeing all criminal investigations for the department.

In June 2003, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant at which time he was transfered to the Uniformed Division where he served as a section lieutenant, responsible for overseeing two patrol squads. He also served as the officer in charge of the department's training, firearms, and honor guard units.

In October 2009, he was promoted to the rank of deputy chief and took over as the officer in charge of operations. While on this assignment, he served on the Essex/Union Auto Theft Task Force. In July 2010, Deputy Chief Manna was selected to attend the 242nd Session of the prestigious F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Upon his return, he became the department's public information officer. In May 2014, with the retirement of Chief Charles Voelker, Deputy Chief Manna was named the officer-in-charge of the department by the Fairfield Governing Body and serves in that capacity today.

 

 

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