HOLMDEL, N.J. - A local legend in Monmouth County law enforcement has died. According to the Holmdel Township Police Department:
"It is with great sadness that the Holmdel Police announces the passing of retired Chief of Police R. Bruce Phillips. Phillips was the second Officer ever hired by the Holmdel Police Department in 1965. He was promoted to Chief in 1971 replacing the previous Chief, his father, Joseph Phillips. Bruce Phillips had a long and illustrious career, serving as President of both the Monmouth County and New Jersey State Police Chiefs Associations. He is credited with the development of many programs that still continue to this day; including the annual NJ Police Memorial Service, and the Police-Security Expo. Bruce retired from Law Enforcement in 2004, and moved to Kentucky. A memorial service is being planned for the first week of April, and all details will be disseminated as soon as they are finalized."
Chief Phillips and his family share a kinship with Holmdel Township that spans generations. He was much more than a Police Chief to the community and provided confident stewardship to a critical township department, ensuring a level of safety and security which continues to this day. Thank you and Godspeed, Chief R. Bruce Phillips