North Bergen Police Chief Dowd retiring in May, to be succeeded by Fasilis


After 26-and-a-half years, North Bergen Police Chief Robert Dowd will be calling it a career in May, to be succeeded by current Deputy Chief Peter Fasilis.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Chief Dowd has been instrumental in the growth of our Police Department and the high level of efficiency and professionalism associated with our police force,” Mayor Nick Sacco said in a statement.

“We would like to thank Chief Dowd for his service and dedication to the Township of North Bergen and wish him a happy retirement and nothing but the best in his future endeavours.”

As the ninth police chief in the department’s history, Dowd is a Certified Public Manager (CPM), having earned his CPM designation at Rutgers University.

He is also a graduate of the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, and has earned a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from New Jersey City University (NJCU) where he is an adjunct professor criminal justice.

Additionally, he is an Accredited Chief Executive—Chief of Police—Advanced (ACE-COP) designated by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. He served as the President of the Hudson County Chiefs of Police Association in 2017.

In 2016, Chief Dowd was invited to the White House by the Obama Administration to participate in discussions on the President’s 21st Century Policing Taskforce.

During his tenure, Dowd obtained the department accredited status for the first time ever in 2016, as well as getting reaccredited in 2019.

Dowd credits his crime control policy to the embracement of cutting-edge technology due to a combination of CompStat crime briefings, hotspot policing, and community policing.

Over the next few months, Dowd will be working closely with his successor, Deputy Chief Peter Fasilis during the transition.

Fasilis is set to take the oath of office as the NBPD’s 10th Chief of Police on May 1, 2020.

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