The Chief of Police is the ranking officer of the department and has complete authority over all police personnel, functions and operations. The Chief exercises all lawful powers of his office and issues such orders, directives, policies and procedures as may be necessary to ensure the efficient and effective performance of the department.The Chief of the Evesham Township Police Department is Christopher Chew, who is a 17 ½ year law enforcement veteran, who began his career in 1996. He attended the Gloucester County Police Academy and graduated in April 1996.
Chief Chew began his career with the Lower Alloways Police Department (Salem County) in 1996 and served briefly there, before accepting a position with the Evesham Township Police Department in February of 1997.
After joining the Evesham Township Police Department, Chief Chew was assigned to the patrol bureau. He was later transferred to the investigative bureau, where he was primarily assigned to conduct investigations into the distribution of illegal narcotics and vice related activities. Chief Chew was assigned to the Burlington County Prosecutors Office Narcotics Task Force for a period of six months. He was later promoted to sergeant in the patrol bureau in January of 2004. Chief Chew was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in January of 2005 and was assigned as one of the patrol bureau commanders. In April of 2010, he was transferred to command the newly created Office of Professional Standards, which encompasses internal affairs, accreditation, policy management and staff inspections. In February of 2012, he was promoted to Captain and was assigned as the department’s executive officer. Chief Chew was then promoted to Chief in August of 2013.
Chief Chew served in various positions within the Evesham Township Police Department, including: patrol officer, detective, patrol supervisor, patrol bureau commander, internal affairs commander and served as the department’s first accreditation manager to guide our agency through the National Law Enforcement CALEA Accreditation Program, which was achieved in 2011.
Chief Chew was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Rowan University in June of 1996. In May of 2009, he was also awarded a Master’s Degree in Administrative Sciences, along with certificates in Law & Public Safety Administration and Global Leadership from Farleigh Dickinson University. He later attended the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar at Princeton University and is a graduate of the 250th Session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia.
He is a state certified CALEA assessor and maintains active membership in the FBI National Academy Associates.