Chief George C. Tenney Award

The award was established in 2005 by the New Jersey Chiefs Foundation to honor an individual or organization for outstanding contributions to professional law enforcement. The award is named for Chief George Tenney of the Elizabeth Police Department, the first president of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. Chief Tenney was appointed Chief in 1891, and served until his death in 1913. In addition to being selected the first President of the New Jersey Chiefs Association, he was also well known as an outstanding and progressive law enforcement executive. The son of a judge, Chief Tenney attended college prior to joining the Elizabeth Police Department, a rare distinction for his time. Under Chief Tenney, the discipline and efficiency of his department moved to “a higher standard.” He was quite progressive and considered public relations a major part of the police function. He insisted that his department be provided with needed equipment and personnel, and under his leadership, a Police Call System, roving patrol wagons and automobiles were obtained. Unfortunately he died while in office, leaving a lasting and important legacy.

Past Honorees:

2006-2007 Anthony Bergamo Chairman, Federal Law Enforcement Foundation
2007-2008 Donald Tretola, PSE&G

2008-2009 Tom Zapf, Macy*s Holding Corp.

2016-2017 Vito A. Gagliardi, Jr., Esq., Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C.

What can I do?
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Our Mission

To promote and enhance the highest ethical and professional standards in law enforcement at all levels throughout New Jersey