Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office swears in James Parker as new chief of detectives

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The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office swore in James Parker, a retired major for the New Jersey State Police, as their new chief of detectives yesterday.

Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Chief Parker is a leader who demands the best from himself and those who he supervises and he will bring this leadership style to our investigative units as we work to deliver the highest level of justice for the people of Hudson County,” Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement.

“We are pleased to welcome him to our team and know he will accomplish great things.”

He was sworn in by the Hudson County Superior Court Assignment Judge Jeffrey R. Jablonski during a small ceremony.

During his tenure with the NJSP, Parker was assigned several important supervisory roles, including as administrative lieutenant for the superintendent and as commanding officer of
both the administrative section and the office of professional standards.

As part of the superintendent’s leadership team, Parker managed staffs of over 100 officers, supervised budgets and departmental procurements, and managed over $100 million in federal grants to the NJSP.

While serving as the Commanding Officer of the Office of Professional Standards, Parker directly oversaw the Internal Affairs team and worked closely with the state Attorney General’s Office to further the integrity of the division and uphold the public confidence in law enforcement.

At the HCPO, Parker will oversee all of the Investigative Units including the Special Investigations Unit which includes Homicide, the Special Victims Unit, and Internal Affairs. Parker will oversee a staff of approximately 120 investigators.

“I am honored and excited to be joining this incredible team of women and men of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office,” explained Parker.

“I am looking forward to bringing my experience and passion to the Hudson County community and to work with Prosecutor Suarez to deliver justice for crime victims and to continue to grow the public’s trust of law enforcement.”