February 28, 2014 at 6:00 AM
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – After almost 31 years, Deputy Police Chief Scott Torre earned a reputation as a police officer who took a special interest in the safety of youngsters and the security of borough schools.
Through many of these years, Torre was closely involved in the borough’s DARE program and the New Providence Municipal Alliance, and he worked closely with members of the Board of Education to constantly improve school security protocols. These experiences and assets placed him in good stead to be selected from a pool of 230 candidates as Director of Campus Safety at St. Peter's University in Jersey City.
Torre said that after an initial interview, he was invited back for a second time to meet with eight college administrators. Following that interview, three days later, Torre was offered the position to lead a staff of seventy.
The former Deputy Chief was surprised and elated. “It was exactly what I was looking for,” Torre said.
The decision to seek the new position didn’t come easily. In fact, it caused restless nights about leaving his adopted borough, fellow police officers, and borough employees and volunteers.
“When you think about it, I’ve spent more time with people in this town and my officers than I spend with my own family,” he said.
Torre’s career began right out of college in 1983. He said that over those years, he had seen a lot of changes, but one constant has always been the professionalism of the New Providence Police Dept. and the officers who proudly serve the community. “In my opinion, police work is about the best job you can do.”
Adapting to a college campus should come easily with Torre’s borough experience with youngsters and having three college age youngsters at home.
“It might be a fun atmosphere being on a college campus but the responsibilities are immense,” Torre said.
If there is a common thread to Torre’s borough career, it would seem to be his genuine affection for young people and a resounding admiration for the Board of Education.
“The town is fortunate to have a very open school board and a young, very progressive superintendent,” Torre said referring to Schools Superintendent Dr. David Miceli. He added the school’s security policy is second to none.
For Torre, the decision to become a police officer came at the young age of 8 years old. His father was the police chief in Maplewood and law enforcement must be a part of the Torre bloodline since son Matthew was recently hired by the Kenilworth Police Dept. and began training at the Police Academy in late January.