Gloucester Township Police Chief David Harkins

Chief David J. Harkins #122 has been a Gloucester Township Police Officer since April 3, 1995, when he graduated from Basic Class 8 of the Gloucester County Police Academy. He is a 1989 graduate of Highland High School, earned a B.A. degree in Political Science from Rutgers University in 1994, and earned his Master’s Degree in Human Resources Development from Seton Hall University in 2015. In December 2011, he graduated the 247th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.

Chief Harkins has worked as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, School Program Officer, Investigator assigned to the Narcotics Unit and a Task Force Officer for the New Jersey State Police Narcotics / Organized Crime Bureau, Patrol Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain before being promoted to Deputy Chief of Police in 2010.

Chief Harkins was a member of the Department’s Special Response Team (SWAT) from 1999 until 2010, and was Team Commander from 2006-2010.  He also helped develop the countywide policy for SWAT training and operational standards.

While assigned as Deputy Chief of Police, Chief Harkins oversaw Internal Affairs investigations, Departmental Training and Professional Standards, and all Police Operations. He was also instrumental in developing the Gloucester Township Police Department’s robust community policing programs, body worn camera program, chaplaincy program, and juvenile family service programs.

Chief Harkins has been awarded many commendations, including awards for Heroism, Merit, Lifesaving, Distinguished Unit, and was awarded the Gloucester Township Police Department “Police Officer of the Year” in 2001. He is also a member of the New Jersey Honor Legion, and received the Highland High School Outstanding Career Alumni award in 2014.

Chief Harkins served as a lead patrol operations instructor, special weapons and tactics instructor, and active shooter instructor for the Camden County College Police Academy from 2003 until 2010, and received the Chief Gallagher Award for Outstanding Instructor in 2007.

Chief Harkins was appointed as the Chief of Police of the Gloucester Township Police Department on November 1, 2019.

Chief Harkins is an accredited Chief Executive from the NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police, and currently serves on the Camden County Association of Chiefs of Police executive board and Mutual Aid Committee. He is a member of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, and is a graduate of the Command and Leadership Program.

Chief Harkins also volunteers to teach CCD to children with special needs at St. John of God School in Westville Grove, coaches the Gloucester Township Field of Dream special needs baseball, and helps coordinate the local Special Olympics Torch Run for the Gloucester Township Police Department.

Chief Harkins is married and the father of an adult son with special needs and a teen aged daughter. He is also an ordained Roman Catholic deacon for the Diocese of Camden, and is currently assigned to Holy Child Parish in Runnemede, NJ. Chief Harkins also coordinates the Camden Diocese Blue Mass Committee.

Chief Harkins also volunteers to teach CCD to children with special needs at St. John of God Community Services in Westville Grove, NJ, coaches the Gloucester Township Field of Dream special needs baseball, and helps coordinate the local Special Olympics Torch Run for the Gloucester Township Police Department.

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