HAWTHORNE, NJ - Police Chief Richard McAuliffe ended his term as head of the Hawthorne Police Department with a "clap out" held at noon on Friday.  With his family, McAuliffe walked out of the police station to applause from a large crowd.  "I can't tell you what a community and law enforcement group you have here," McAuliffe said.  "All your first responders in town are committed and dedicated to professionalism.  They are courteous to everyone they've ever met.  I'm not going far, but I just wanted to say thank you."

As the crowd applauded the out-going chief, McAuliffe spent time greeting those who had gathered.  Among them were Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr., Mayor Richard Goldberg, Fire Chief Joseph Speranza, the Hawthorne Ambulance Corps, and a number of representatives of the Passaic County Sheriff's Department, the Hawthorne Police Department, and law enforcement from neighboring communities who gathered to wish the chief well in his retirement.

McAuliffe will be succeeded by Captain James Knepper as Chief of Police.

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