The Essex County Chiefs of Police Association presented the Municipal Law Enforcement Executive of the Year Award to Montclair Police Chief David Sabagh at the association’s annual dinner held December 3 at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville.

Chief Sabagh was recognized for his leadership, commitment, organizational skills, integrity and many achievements as a member of the Montclair Police Department.

Below is Chief Sabagh’s award ceremony write-up:

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David Sabagh is a career law enforcement professional, who began his career in 1985, with the Montclair, NJ, Police Department, where he currently serves as Chief of the Department, having become the youngest Chief in his agency's history. During his career he has served in. numerous capacities and demonstrated excellence at each assignment, which led to him becoming the Chief Executive of his agency.

David Sabagh is known for establishing innovative programs for modernizing operations and increasing efficiency. His use of CCTV crime cameras and a Virtual Patrol program were innovative improvements for his community.

Chief Sabagh's implementation of, and training for, "A Child is Missing" program was one of the first in the state and was used to help push out this service to other NJ Police Departments. His redesign of patrol sectors and redeployment of patrol resources created operational efficiencies and cost savings. Chief Sabagh also implemented a False Alarm Reduction program which increased operational efficiencies and significantly reduced false alarms in the community.

Chief Sabagh's professional network of agencies includes county wide police, federal agencies, and many social service agencies throughout the region. Chief Sabagh served as the President of the Essex County Association of Chiefs of Police, an honor bestowed on him by his peers in law enforcement.

Chief Sabagh has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters Degree in Human Resource Development from Seton Hall University. He is a "Certified Public Manager" from the New Jersey Dept. of Personnel. Chief Sabagh is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, having been selected to attend based on his outstanding job performance and history of innovation. In keeping with the times, Chief Sabagh is also Board Certified in Homeland Security (CHS III).

With his outstanding credentials, Chief Sabagh serves as an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he teaches classes in leadership and domestic preparedness. Chief Sabagh is also a certified private pilot and is a resident of Cedar Grove, New Jersey.

Montclair Township congratulates Chief Sabagh on this award and his many achievements throughout his 30 years of service to the Department.