Cherry Hill Police Chief William “Bud” Monaghan

Chief William “Bud” Monaghan has more than 24 years of law enforcement experience with the Cherry Hill Police Department, starting in 1995.  Chief Monaghan is a graduate of the Gloucester County Police Academy and the New Jersey State Police Academy at Sea Girt.  Chief Monaghan has served as a Field Training Officer, Detective (SIU and Major Crimes), Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain.

Chief Monaghan is a graduate of Rowan College of New Jersey, earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law Justice in 1994.  He completed his Master’s Degree in Human Resources Training and Development from Seton Hall University in 2001.  He also attended several professional development and certification courses, including the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and the West Point Command and Leadership School.

Chief Monaghan has been a member of the Camden County College Police Academy Advisory Board since 2014 and was also a certified instructor for both the Burlington and Camden County Police Academies from 1997 to 2010.  He instructed Street Survival for Police Officers, Patrol Concepts, Methods of Instruction and Field Training Officer School.

Under the Chief’s leadership, the Cherry Hill Police Department has instituted several community-based programs targeted at connecting the youth of Cherry Hill with the Cherry Hill Police Department.  These programs include the Cherry Hill Police Junior Police Academy,  The Run With Us Not Away From Us Campaign, hosting National Night Out, Police Clubs in both Cherry Hill East and Cherry Hill West High Schools, School-based presentations focused on positive behavior including anti-drug, anti-bullying, and anti-sexting programs. The Department also partnered with JFCS to develop This Life Counts (TLC), a suicide awareness and prevention program for tweens, teens, and parents.

Chief Monaghan has also partnered with the Cherry Hill School District to create a Restorative Practice Program designed to focus on the underlying causes of behavior problems in youth.  The goal is to provide alternatives to the standard detention model of punishment and focus on the causation of the student’s behavior.  The early intervention will provide life skills for the youth to cope with the issues either at school or at home.  The intervention is meant to prevent escalating violence or further destructive behavior that will lead to delinquency.

In 2017 Chief Monaghan was the recipient of the “Golden Sun Award” presented by the Atlantic County Women’s Shelter for his efforts in combatting Human Trafficking.

In April 2019 Chief Monaghan was the recipient of the “Flame of Inspiration Award” presented by the Cherry Hill African American Civic Association.  He was the first police chief to receive the award in the organizations history.

Chief Monaghan was Appointed by Governor Phil Murphy to the Commission on Human Trafficking (2020) and was a nominee for the “2020 Visionary Leader Award” presented by the NAACP Camden East Chapter.

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