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Second Grader Stuart Peralta Serves as Hasbrouck Heights Police Chief for a Day

Chief Stuart Peralta along with Chief Michael Colaneri, Sr., stopped by Euclid School on Friday. Credits: Michael Sickles
Chief Peralta answers calls under the watchful eye of Officer Lesho. Credits: Chip Armonaitis
Chief Michael Colaneri, Sr., gives Chief Peralta a tour around the office. Credits: Chip Armonaitis
Chief Colaneri gives Chief "Stewie" a few pointers during a workout on the heavy bag. Credits: Chip Armonaitis
Chief Colaneri spots Chief Peralta with weightlifting while his mother looks on. Credits: Chip Armonaitis
The two Chiefs share a snack before getting on with the rest of their duties. Credits: Chip Armonaitis
Chiefs Peralta and Colaneri (left to right) outside Borough Hall. Credits: Alan Baker/Hasbrouck Heights Police Department
Mayor Jack DeLorenzo swears in Chief Stuart Peralta while his mother, Chief Colaneri and Sergeant Baker look on. Credits: Chip Armonaitis
Stuart Peralta tries out Mayor DeLorenzo's seat in Borough Hall, while the Mayor looks on. Credits: Chip Armonaitis
Chief "Stewie" Peralta gives a final salute before heading out for the luncheon. Pictured here with Mayor Jack DeLorenzo, Chief Colaneri, Mrs. and Mrs. Peralta and Sergeant Baker at Borough Hall. Credits: Chip Armonaitis

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Hasbrouck Heights Police Chief Michael Colaneri, Sr., turned over the reigns of the police department on Friday. Sworn in was Stuart Peralta, an eight year old from Euclid School Don’t’s just for the day.

"Stewie" Peralta was sworn in as Chief for a Day by the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department. After being outfitted with his own uniform, Peralta had a full day of activities as Chief which started with a security check on his teachers and classmates at Euclid School. He received a tour of police headquarters, answered a few calls, had a workout in the gym, and mid-morning snack. He then checked on the fifth graders having their class picnic at Woodland Park.

“The Hasbrouck Heights Police Department does an amazing job each year with the Chief for the Day program,” said Mike Sickels, Euclid School principal.    

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Chief Peralta was escorted throughout the day by Colaneri and Sergeant Alan Baker.

Peralta was officially sworn in by Mayor Jack DeLorenzo at Borough Hall. Then he and the other “Chiefs” from Bergen County were recognized at a luncheon at The Graycliff in Moonachie. He received a plaque from Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino along with a basket of gifts for his day of service.

“This is my favorite day of work every year,” said Chief Colaneri.

Friday, June 1 marked the eighth annual Chief for a Day, sponsored by the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office. "Chief for a Day" is designed to brighten the lives of local children with chronic health conditions or special needs. The program provides children and their families with a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of law enforcement. Children from almost 30 towns are sworn in as young "Chiefs for a Day.


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