Fair Haven’s Retired Police Chief Is New Director of Monmouth County Police Academy

After 35 years in law enforcement, Darryl Breckenridge retired as the chief of the Fair Haven Police Department, only to accept the appointment as the new Police Academy Director of the Monmouth County Police Academy. The appointment was made earlier this summer by Sheriff Shaun Golden.

“There’s no one I’d rather have lead the Monmouth County Police Academy than Darryl Breckenridge,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “He has a wealth of experience, exceptional leadership skills, and he shares the vision of maintaining and enhancing training at the academy. Under his directorship, we will continue to produce the finest members of law enforcement.”

Director Breckenridge began his career in law enforcement as a special police officer in Fair Haven in 1976. In 1977, he left the department to serve in the U.S. Army, where he was assigned to the 3rd ID Military Police Division in Germany. When he returned home from duty, he worked as an investigator at the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. After graduating from the Monmouth County Police Academy in 1985, he joined the Fair Haven Police Department as a patrolman. He rose through the ranks and became a detective in 1997. In 2000, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and then lieutenant in 2002. He achieved his lifelong goal and dream of becoming police chief in 2005 and remained in that position for 10 years before retiring in 2015.

“I’m deeply honored to have been appointed to this position and I thank Sheriff Golden for allowing me this great opportunity to run the Monmouth County Police Academy,” said Director Breckenridge. “I intend to meet every challenge with enthusiasm and will take pride in providing the most challenging and effective training possible to our police recruits and veteran officers.”

The Monmouth County Police Academy is a premiere law enforcement training facility. In addition to training basic police and corrections recruits throughout the state, as well as special law enforcement officers and county park rangers, the academy offers in-service training courses to veteran members of law enforcement. Officers from many states and nations have trained at the academy. Presently, the academy has 290 part-time instructors.

Darryl Breckenridge took over the duties of Undersheriff Ted Freeman, who was the interim acting director. In addition to his vast experience in law enforcement, the new director received three honorable service awards, an exceptional duty award, and, in 2008, attended the National F.B.I. Academy.

Photo: Acting Warden Barry Nadrowski, U/S Fred Deickmann, U/S Robert Dawson, U/S Michael Donovan, Exec. U/S Ted Freeman, Sheriff Shaun Golden, and Dir. Darryl Breckenridge