UNION, NJ – Fellow officers, township officials, peers, family and friends gathered on the steps of the Union Police Department on Thursday for the final walkout of Union Detective William Fuentes.

Also retiring, but unable to attend the walkout ceremony, is Lieutenant Sean Herrighty.

Fuentes was appointed to the Township of Union Police Department on January 20, 1995, initially assigned to the Patrol Bureau.  He served as a member of the Street Crimes Unit before being promoted to the rank of detective. 

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“Detective Fuentes diligently served our department with his meticulous and effective investigative skills and techniques, yielding successful case solving results,” said Union Police Director Daniel Zieser. 

During his training, Fuentes received specialized training in investigation of sexual assaults, techniques of interview, interrogation and statement taking, counter terrorism awareness, crime scene processing, and fire scene investigation. 

Fuentes has been an honored recipient of numerous awards, including Commendation medals, Command Citations, the Department’s Certificate of Recognition, and letters of appreciation from other law enforcement agencies including the Elizabeth Police Department and the Sheriff’s Department of Richmond County.

“To say we will miss Billy is an understatement,” said Zieser.  “He is widely respected by his peers, colleagues and community for his confidence, grace, strength, likeability, and sense of humor.”  Zieser said Fuentes always maintained a friendly presence whether doing his walk-through rounds at Headquarters or patrolling local streets “with a smile”. 

“On behalf of the Township of Union Police Department, we offer our sincerest thanks and gratitude to your dedicated and loyal service,” added Zieser.  “We wish you the very best in your retirement.”

“I want to congratulate Sean and Billy for 25 years of service to the community,” said Township Committeeman and Police Commissioner Joseph Florio.  “There is a very low crime rate here in Union and it has to do with our Police Department and these two individuals.  I and the 58,000 people of Union thank them for their service.  I wish them a long, healthy and happy retirement.”