Police & Fire

Al Nicaretta Officially Sworn in as New Bridgewater Township Police Chief


BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police Captain Al Nicaretta was sworn in as the sixth ever police chief for the Bridgewater Township Police Department at a special ceremony Wednesday.

“I pledge to do my best to continue to move this police department in a positive direction,” Nicaretta said during the ceremony. “I understand what is expected of me as the chief of police, and I will continue to strive to meet the needs of the community and the needs of the members of the Bridgewater Police Department.”

Nicaretta had served as the acting chief following the retirement of former chief Manuel Caravella in October.

Sign Up for E-News

After the application process, Nicaretta was appointed as the new chief at the January Township Council reorganization meeting, and the ceremony was held to administer the oath of office.

“One of the most exciting things I get to do as mayor is swearing people in,” Mayor Dan Hayes said before administering the oath of office to Nicaretta. “I appreciate when someone takes on the mantle as you are today.”

Nicaretta was hired to the department in 1989 as part of the patrol division. He was promoted to sergeant in 2003, and then made supervisor of criminal investigations in 2007.

In 2008, Nicaretta was appointed as lieutenant, and then promoted to captain in 2013.

“He has received numerous awards and commendations, including a Life Saving Medal,” Hayes said. “I want to congratulate him on an incredible career to date, and thank him for accepting the position.”

Nicaretta said he understands that there are a number of responsibilities as chief, including to the residents of Bridgewater, the visitors in Bridgewater and the men and women in the Bridgewater Township Police Department.

“When I started my career in 1989, I never had any expectations of being the chief of police, and that held true throughout my career,” he said. “Well, here I am with 27 years of service on the job, holding the rank of chief.”

Nicaretta said he would like to see change within the department in a positive way.

“Change is coming whether we like it or not,” he said. “It’s inevitable, things always change.”

“My challenge to you is to change the things you have control over in a positive way, and I will do the same,” he added.

To the members of the department, Nicaretta said, he pledges to support and defend them, and see they are the most properly trained, best equipped and best supervised department in the county. And what he expects in return, he said, is commitment, compassion, competence, integrity, courage and respect for the department, residents and themselves.

“I expect you to perform your job without hesitation, to the best of your ability,” he said. “Don’t get caught up in the politics of policing. Know that everything that happens happens for a reason, to better the police department. Stay committed to the police profession, the profession that you have chosen and are obligated to live up to.”

“If each of you can commit to this, I will support you to the end,” he added.

To the leadership of the department, Nicaretta thanked them for their work and promised to empower them to continue to become outstanding leaders.

And to the residents, Nicaretta said, he will provide an accessible and professional police department that it sensitive to their needs.

“Know that when you call for help, a highly trained police officer will be there to help you,” he said. “Know that we are there for you 24/7, rain or shine, providing you with the highest quality of police service available.”

Nicaretta said he just asks the residents for patience and understanding.

“At times we do make mistakes, but most of those mistakes are fixable,” he said. “Please have the patience and understanding to let us do our jobs.”

“We are the members of the Bridgewater Township Police Department, and we are dedicated to service, committed to community,” he added.

Check out the February issue of The BReeze, coming in just a few weeks, for a full article introducing new Bridgewater Township Police Chief Al Nicaretta.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events

Tue, July 17, 9:00 AM

The Wayrick Gallery, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: NJ Audubon Photography Instructors’ ...

Arts & Entertainment Green

Tue, July 17, 9:00 AM

The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster,

2018 Members’ Non-Juried Exhibition & Sale

Arts & Entertainment

Somerville Woman Arrested for Shoplifting from Macy's, According to Bridgewater Police Report

July 14, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Somerville woman was arrested for allegedly shoplifting more than $400 worth of merchandise from Macy's at the Bridgewater Commons Mall July 7, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

Sara Morales-Silva, 51, was charged with shoplifting after she was found with about $435.04 worth of merchandise from the store.

She was processed and released pending a ...

Creating a Dynamite Job Portfolio

July 16, 2018

The job market continues to change, as does the way we look for work. This Workshop examines the value of presenting yourself as a complete package by using a resume as an introduction to an employer and backing it up with a portfolio presented at the interview.

How You Will Benefit:

Learn how to brand yourself and define yourself using descriptive language.
Explore the essential ...

Somerville: Gallery Hosts Photo Society's 90th Anniversary Exhibit

July 15, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Arts on Division is presenting “Visions of Raritan Photographic Society – A Celebration of 90 years” from Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 at the Gallery on Division, 15B Division Street.

The Raritan Photographic Society, founded in 1929, is the oldest photography club in New Jersey. The exhibit celebrates the organization's 90 years ...

'Servant of Two Masters' exudes foolish fun

‘Servant of Two Masters’ makes for foolish, frivolous fun

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ –Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters,” in a rousing translation and adaptation by Bonnie J. Monte, has the outdoor audience at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey laughing and clapping all the way through.

The yearly production, held at the amphitheatre on the ...

Take Action to Reduce Debt

In our last article, we broached the subject of debt and the township’s reliance – or over-reliance – on debt to fund our yearly expenditures for items such as roads. So, ok, we want to reduce our reliance on debt moving forward, especially as the cost of borrowing is rising. What’s the solution?

Well, there’s no magic wand we can wave to suddenly end ...

Is the Mediterranean Diet Still the Best for Heart Healthy Eating?

The Mediterranean diet has long been the standard for heart healthy eating.  It is a diet that emphasizes olive oil, fresh vegetables, nuts, whole grains over refined grains, fish and plant-based protein over red meat, herbs and spices to flavor food over salt, and fresh fruit for dessert instead of refined sweets. The US News and World Report even named the Mediterranean diet its ...

Celebrate Summer with Freedom & Responsibility

Parents and students rejoice!

School is out and everyone can now experience a great sense of freedom. Kids want to be outside enjoying summer weather and; although it’s the most wonderful season for non-academic activities involving swimming, traveling, and hiking to name a few, let us not forget that summer loss is a serious long-term result of not opening a book or writing for eight ...

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves In To New Brunswick Children's Hospital

July 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...