WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Dennis Capriglione was sworn in as the chief of the West Caldwell Police Department during Tuesday’s borough council meeting, as his wife Nancy and children, Isabel, Julianna and Dante accompanied him.  

Mayor Joseph Tempesta introduced Capriglione by noting that he joined the department in July 2000 and was assigned to the patrol division. Moving up the ranks, in 2006 Capriglione was promoted to corporal. In 2009 he was appointed to the Detective Bureau, he became sergeant in 2011, lieutenant in 2016 and captain in 2017.  

Since Chief Gerard Paris’ retirement last fall, Capriglione has been the department’s officer in charge.

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Tempesta remarked that the new chief has done an “outstanding job under the most incredible of circumstances. The last seven or eight months there has been a pandemic, tropical storm, protests…you have been tested, and you have come through with outstanding colors. This is well deserved, and I am very happy for you and your family. May God watch over you and protect all of the police department.”

Capriglione, in an exclusive interview with TAP, said, “I am very excited to have the opportunity to lead the finest agency around.  The West Caldwell Police Department is made up of the most professional officers in the business. Their dedication to serving our community is truly remarkable.

I look forward to continuing to build relationships through mutual trust with our residents, businesses and those who visit our community. I want to thank the Mayor and Council for their trust in me to get the job done.  I also want to thank the officers who have wholeheartedly supported me through the toughest five months of our agency’s history.”

The mayor concluded the presentation by congratulating the chief, stating he will do “an outstanding job leading the men and women of the agency”.