PATERSON, NJ- A "cop's cop," the "smartest guy around," and a "fierce defender of what's honorable" were some of the phrases used to describe Troy E. Oswald, a nearly 26-year veteran of the Paterson Police Department, at his ceremonial swearing in to the position of Police Chief on Wednesday.
In a packed theater at Passaic County College, dignitaries from law enforcement and government, including New Jersey State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, Senator Nellie Pou, Mayor Jane E. Williams-Warren, and City Council President Ruby Cotton, would take turns praising Oswald's commitment to the making Paterson safer.
After taking the oath administered by Warren, with his wife and son at his side, Oswald addressed the admiring crowd for less than ten minutes, using most of it to thank the men and women of the Paterson Police Department that "do the work" and expressing his pride and respect for them, especially, he noted, in the tragedy that befell the department on Sunday when Officer Tamby Yagan was killed in a car crash while on duty.
Following two stints as Acting Chief, first from January 1 to April 30, 2017, and again starting on January 1, 2018, Oswald was formally selected and appointed to the position on March 16. A program distributed at Wednesday's event read that in his capacity as chief Oswald "has been instrumental in raising moral while bringing order and discipline to the ranks of the department. His leadership by example style has helped to build trust and legitimacy with the community while forging new strategies for combating crime and disorder."
In January, in an exclusive interview with TAPinto Paterson, Oswald said that communication would be at the core of his service as Chief, and his strategy of change would lie in empowering his captains to “pick the problems they want to tackle, and pick the solutions,” to solve them