On June 6, 2018, Lieutenant Thomas J. Falco Jr. was sworn in as the 10th Chief of Police in the 92-year history of the department by Councilwoman Josi Salvatore, who had previously served as the department’s Records Clerk before her retirement. Chief Falco has served the Matawan Police Department since 1991 when he began his career as a Police Radio Dispatcher and Class II Special Law Enforcement Officer after serving one year with the Manasquan Borough Police Department as a seasonal officer. Chief Falco served the majority of his career within the Patrol Division, having served as a Patrolman from 1992 to 1999 and a Patrol Sergeant from 1999-2010. Chief Falco served as the agency’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) officer for several years and was active in both community policing and traffic safety throughout his career. Chief Falco is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Supervision of Police Personnel, the New Jersey State Chiefs of Police Association (NJSACOP) Command and Leadership Program and the 14th Session of the NJSACOP Police Executive Institute. Chief Falco believes in proactive police work and strong community policing initiatives.
Today, the Matawan Police Department’s authorized strength is twenty-four sworn officers, four Class II Special Law Enforcement Officers, one Records Clerk, ten School Crossing Guards and two Police Matrons. These men and women are responsible for providing police services to the approximate 10,000 residents, business people and visitors to the 2.4 square mile borough, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. Additionally, the department serves several thousand commuters daily who depart and arrive at the adjacent Aberdeen-Matawan Train Station, one of the busiest stations on New Jersey transit’s North Jersey Coast Line.