About the Fort Lee Police Department
Chief Bendul and PBA President Tom Keelen with Chief Wu.
Mayor Sokolich swearing in Chief-for-a-Day Rocco Wu.
Fort Lee Police Department participated in the county’s Annual Chief-For-A-Day Program. The program was started by Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino five years ago.
Rocco Wu, age 7, in his new blue uniform was sworn in as Chief-for-a-Day by Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich in the presence of Chief Keith Bendul and Deputy Chief Timothy Ford. The ceremony was coordinated by Det. Vincent Buda, the School Resource Officer for School #2 where Chief Wu is a student. Also attending the ceremony was Principal Martin and Chief Wu’s mother.
After being sworn in, Chief Wu was escorted to work by the department’s motorcycles. At headquarters Chief Wu and his mother toured the building learning about the department’s history and functions. He inspected officers and the civilian staff working under his command. The two Chiefs reviewed activity and discussed police operations.
Chief Wu and his mother were then driven out to the Bergen County Courthouse steps where he met chiefs for the other participating police departments. Chief Wu had the opportunity to meet the Bergen County Sheriff, Sheriff Saudino. The entire group was then led by motorcycle escort to the Empire Club for a luncheon honoring each of the new Chiefs. During the ceremony Chief Wu received a plaque, and a large drawing kit from the Fort Lee PBA President Keelen.
Chief Keith Bendul stated that it was an honor to participate in a program that recognizes the courage displayed on a daily basis by the honorees. As police officers we serve our community in many important ways. Making a child smile with happiness is one of the best aspects of his job.