Thursday, April 24, 2014
Fairfield Police Department

The Chief's Office

chiefvoelkerWelcome to the Township of Fairfield Police Department's new 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,
Charles G. Voelker, Jr.
Chief of Police

Biography

Chief "Chuck" Voelker was born and raised in Fairfield. He is a third generation Law Enforcement official serving the Township of Fairfield. His grandfather, Charles Voelker, served as a part-time Constable for the Township in the 1920s and 1930s before the Police Department was formed. His father, Charles G. Voelker Sr., served as a member of the Fairfield Police Department from 1945 until his death in 1979. He was Chief of Police from 1966 to 1979.

Chuck is a graduate of West Essex High School and attended Adelphi University in Long Island, where he graduated with a BS Degree in Education. After graduation, he was hired by Adelphi University as the Assistant Director of Athletics. He remained there for five years, completing a MA Degree in Education and worked part-time as an Adjunct Professor for the last 2 years.

He left Adelphi University and worked in sales and marketing for several companies over the next few years, but he decided to make a career change to what he felt he was always meant to do. He was hired as a Patrolman for the Township of Fairfield in February of 1984. Over his first ten years on the Department he worked in the Patrol Division, serving as an instructor for the PR-24 baton and Chemical Spray. He went back to college in 1990 and attended Seton Hall University where he earned a second Master's Degree (Master's in Public Administration) in 1997.

Chuck was promoted to Sergeant in January of 1995 and remained in the Patrol Division, but became more involved with Department Training as a Firearms Instructor and a Ballistic Shield Instructor. He also contributed administratively by writing grant proposals and policies for the Department as well as becoming a Terminal Agency Coordinator (TAC) to instruct and coordinate the use of computers with the New Jersey State Police. He was promoted to Lieutenant in September of 1997 and remained in the Patrol Division as a section lieutenant, but over the next several years he took over the Firearms and Training Units, Records Division, Vehicle Maintenance and Building Security. He remained in these Patrol and Administration roles until October of 2007, when he became the Officer-in-Charge, when Chief Centonze retired.

On January 1, 2008 he was sworn in as the Chief of Police. He initially increased the Department's Community Policing involvement, especially with all of the public and private schools and he has forged partnerships with them focusing on increased Safety and Security. Community Committees for Traffic Safety and Crime Prevention were formed in 2008 with residents of the Township and they have met monthly since that time. Other programs such as D.A.R.E., Child Safety Seat Installation, Bicycle Helmet Safety, Home Inspection Surveys were continued as before. Chief Voelker regularly attends meetings from many Community Groups such as Home School Association, Board of Education, Rotary Club, Hotel Managers and Golden Agers.

 

As of January 2012 and due to a severe reduction in personnel, Chief Voelker was forced to suspend nearly all of the Community Service programs, in order to focus on basic police services for the community. These suspended programs include D.A.R.E., a successful school education program that ran for 20 years, Bicycle Helmet Safety and Home Inspection Surveys. Child Safety Seat installations will be done on a case by case basis when a certified officer is available.

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