FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 3, 2022

 

CONTACT: Chris Tash, ctash@princetonnj.gov, (609) 921-2100 ext. 2184

 

Princeton Police Chief Announces Retirement

 

PRINCETON, NJ – Princeton Police Chief Christopher Morgan has announced his retirement from the Princeton Police Department effective October 31, 2022, after more than 25 years of police service.

 

Morgan previously served as acting Chief of the former Princeton Township Police Department before Princeton Borough and Princeton Township consolidated in 2014. He was promoted to Captain of the Princeton Police Department (PPD) in February of 2019 before he replaced former Chief Nicholas Sutter in October of 2020. 

 

“I am very grateful to have been a part of the Princeton Police Department and for all of the opportunities I have been provided,” said Morgan. “The men and women of this organization are some of the most professional and committed police officers in the state, and it has been a pleasure to work with all of them throughout my career. I will always be a part of this department and community, and I look forward to hearing about many more great accomplishments of our officers.”

 

During Chief Morgan’s time with the PPD, he spearheaded the accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) for the former Princeton Township Police and continued that through the consolidated Princeton Police. He implemented the WRAP virtual reality training program, which continues to be crucial for Princeton police officers learning de-escalation techniques that safely defuse various critical incidents. Chief Morgan also developed a partnership with the Volunteers of America to assist the community and officers in times of need. 

 

Throughout his tenure with the Princeton Police Department, Morgan has been committed to maintaining transparency and strengthening community-police relationships. 

 

“We are all very appreciative of Chief Morgan’s long years of service to the Princeton Police Department and to the Princeton community,” said Mayor Mark Freda. “We are grateful for his leadership as Chief and helping to position the Department to continue to move ahead after his tenure. We wish him a long and healthy retirement.”

 

Council President Leticia Fraga, who chairs the Public Safety Committee and serves as Police Commissioner, expressed appreciation for Chief Morgan’s many years of service to the community.  

 

“He led the Princeton Police Department through the pandemic and other competing priorities,” said Fraga. “During his tenure as Chief, he has been steadfast and compassionate through some of the most tumultuous times for policing, as he worked to position the department to be more accessible through various community-building initiatives.”

 

Morgan began his career in law enforcement in 1998 after graduating from the Trenton Police Academy. He is a graduate of the College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science Degree and holds a Master’s Degree from Seton Hall University. Additionally, he attended the Federal Bureau of Investigations Law Enforcement Development Seminar and is a graduate of Session 239 of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

 

Morgan served as Sheriff’s Officer in the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and moved to the former Princeton Township Police Department in 2000. He has received the Honorable Service Award and the Mercer County Volunteer of the Year Award from the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

 

Chief Morgan’s successor will be announced in accordance with municipal ordinance.

 

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