On Friday, June 1, 2012, the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association and Bergen County Sheriff’s Office will partner with 25 local and county law enforcement agencies for the second annual countywide Chief for a Day celebration. In partnership with local law enforcement and the communities of Bergen County, Chief for a Day is designed to brighten the lives of local children with chronic health conditions. The inspirational program provides children and their families with a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of law enforcement.
All participating police departments will sponsor a child from their communities. This year’s Chiefs range in age from 3 to 16 years old and are being sponsored by the following agencies:
Bergen County Sheriff's Office
Bergen County Prosecutor's Office
Carlstadt Police Department
Demarest Police Department
East Rutherford Police Department
Edgewater Police Department
Elmwood Park Police Department
Emerson Police Department
Englewood Cliffs Police Department
Fort Lee Police Department
Garfield Police Department
Hackensack Police Department
Hasbrouck Heights Police Department
Haworth Police Department
Lodi Police Department
Montvale Police Department
North Arlington Police Department
Paramus Police Department
Park Ridge Police Department
Ramsey Police Department
River Vale Police Department
Saddle Brook Police Department
Teaneck Police Department
Upper Saddle River Police Department
Wallington Police Department
Westwood Police Department
On the morning of June 1, 2012, each child will receive his or her very own uniform before being sworn in as Chief for the Day. After touring their local police departments, children will ride in patrol cars to the Bergen County Justice Center, where they will participate in a group ceremony at 11 a.m.
At 11:30 a.m., a motorcade will leave the Justice Center en route to The Landmark Restaurant in East Rutherford, where the new chiefs and their families will end the day with lunch, special guest speakers and a variety of fun activities and entertainment.
At the end of the day, each child will receive a plaque commemorating his or her participation as a 2012 Chief for a Day.
This year's honorary "Sheriffs" are brothers Jason and Justin Leider from Elmwood Park. Now 5 and 3 years old, respectively, Jason and Justin were diagnosed in 2011 with an extremely rare and fatal genetic disorder called Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS II). There currently are less than 350 children in the United States with MPS II.