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Livingston Police Chief Handschuch to be Honored by Essex County Association of Chiefs of Police

Jessica Marrone Parkes

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 • 6:55am

LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Essex County Association of Chiefs of Police is gearing up for its annual Holiday Dinner/Dance and will be honoring Livingston Police Chief Craig Handschuch as the Law Enforcement Executive of the Year.

According to West Caldwell Chief Michael Bramhall, who also serves as the association’s president, the association honors a variety of people each year at their dinner and looks for individuals who are active.

Bramhall described Handschuch as a very active member who continues to serve the association in many ways.  Currently, Handschuch serves on the executive board as the Recording Secretary; is a member of the golf committee and helps to coordinate the association’s outings; recently assisted in setting up a training conference; and was active in assisting with the association’s first 5K walk this year by creating a traffic plan and coordinating officers to work traffic control posts.

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“It was a pretty easy decision,” said Bramhall. “This year, the other members of the Executive Board, including myself as president, felt that Craig was an excellent candidate.”

Handschuch has been a member of the Livingston Police Department for 35 years and has served in many different roles. He first joined the department as a patrolman in August 1978 and in 1984 he was promoted to detective. One year later, Handschuch was assigned to the Juvenile Bureau as Detective in Charge and by May 1987 he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and reassigned to the Uniform Division as a shift supervisor.  Within 15 months he was promoted to the rank of detective lieutenant and positioned to the rank of captain and placed as commander of the Administrative Division. In September 2008, Handschuch was promoted to the rank of Chief of Police.

In addition to his many leadership positions within the Livingston Police Department, Handschuch has served in other external law enforcement capacities.  He served a four-year term as president of the Livingston PBA and spent 10 years serving as the president of the Essex County Detectives Association.  He was also a member of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office on the Arson Task Force and the Essex-Union Auto Theft Task Force. The chief was also an instructor at the Division of Criminal Justice Academy and holds an Instructor’s Certification in Defensive Driving from the National Safety Council. He also belongs to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police and the Essex County Association, where he currently serves as recording secretary.

“Craig is a very active and supportive member of the association and I am proud to work alongside with him on so many of our endeavors,” said Bramhall.

Handschuch will be honored at the Essex County Association of Chiefs of Police’s annual dinner along with retiring Chief John Holland of the Nutley Police Department, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Crime Scene/Carjacking Units, the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, K-9/Bomb Squad Unit, the Newark Police Department Emergency Services Unit for Excellence in Policing and Michael Vernotica, who will be receiving the Distinguished Service Award.

The event will take place on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. at Nanina’s in the Park, located at 540 Mill St. in Belleville. Tickets are $100 per person and are available until Nov. 29. Checks should be made payable to the E.C.A.C.O.P and mailed to Ms. Deborah Scorsone at the Belleville Police Department, 152 Washington Ave., Belleville, NJ, 07109.

For more information, contact Debbie Scorsone at (973) 450-3186.

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