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Honoring Law Enforcement

DPD to Honor Law Enforcement
Wiegand Farm Golf Classic – June 27, 2016

The Wiegand Farm Golf Classic is our largest fundraiser of the year, attracting over 225 golfers annually.   In 2015, we raised over $80,000 and had 238 golfers come to Bowling Green Golf Club and Berkshire Valley Golf Course to support our cause – both Wiegand Farm Golf Classic records.  This event is one of New Jersey’s biggest and best golf outings.  

In 2016, we are proud to be honoring Chief William Craig, Deputy Chief Eric Wilsusen and the entire Jefferson Township Police Department as our Humanitarians of the Year. 

The Jefferson Township Police Department firmly believes in the dignity and worth of all people. They safeguard lives and property while protecting our constitutional rights to liberty, equality and justice. They have always been committed to providing high quality, community-oriented police services and to building partnerships with the community through open communication and education. They adhere to the highest professional and ethical standards, and have provided leadership and guidance to the police profession.

From Community Services, to DARE, to the Junior Police Academy, the Jefferson Township Police Department not only keeps the town safe, but also works with the people to strengthen the community. We stand by our law enforcement officers as they put their lives on the line to serve. The JTPD has always stood by DPD, whether responding to a medical emergency or helping out at an event and have always treated the people we serve with dignity and respect.

Led by Chief William Craig and Deputy Chief Eric Wilsusen; they are our literal neighbors at 1 Catholic Charities Way in Jefferson and are always there when we need them.

Chief William Craig has been a Police Officer with the Township of Jefferson for 27 years. He graduated from the 34th Basic Class of the Morris County Police Academy in 1989. Throughout his law enforcement career he has worked in every division of the Jefferson Township Police Department and has held the ranks of Patrol Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Deputy Chief. He was appointed to the position of Chief of Police in August 2015. Chief Craig also serves as the Jefferson Township Emergency Management Coordinator, a position he has held since 2009.

Chief Craig grew up in Lake Hopatcong where he still resides with his wife of 18 years, Michelle, and their two daughters, Rachel and Meghan. Rachel will be starting her first year of college this fall at the College of New Jersey and Meghan is an 8th grade student at the Jefferson Township Middle School. As a township resident, Chief Craig firmly believes in fostering a positive relationship between the Jefferson Township Community and the Police Department. This belief is clearly evident in the number of community engagements the Police Department participates in throughout the year to build partnerships with residents of all ages and backgrounds. Over the past 27 years, Chief Craig has been recognized numerous times by political, civic, and law enforcement organizations at the Federal, State, County, and Local levels for his commitment and dedication to the law enforcement profession and the citizens of Jefferson Township.

Deputy Chief Eric Wilsusen began his career with the Jefferson Township Police Department as a Patrol Officer in 1986 graduating from the Morris County Police Academy’s 27th Basic Class. In 1990 he was assigned as the Community Services Officer and was the department’s first DARE officer. In 1999, he was promoted to Sergeant and was assigned to the Patrol Bureau. In 2000 he was assigned as the Services/Records Bureau supervisor. In 2007, he was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned as the Administrative Bureau Commander. In 2009 he was promoted to Captain and served as the Operation Commander where his primary duties included running the day to day operations of the department including internal affairs and public information. Deputy Chief Wilsusen was promoted to his current position in August of 2015. Deputy Chief Wilsusen also serves as the Township’s Director of Communications/IT and as a Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator.

Deputy Chief Wilsusen is married to his wife Kristine of 20 years and has two children, Karly 17 and Katelyn 15. Deputy Chief Wilsusen is a lifelong resident of Jefferson Township and is actively involved in his community serving on numerous boards and associations. Deputy Chief Wilsusen and his family are active parishioners at Our Lady Star of the Sea RC Church where he serves as a Trustee, Lector, Catechist and Parish Advisory Council Member among other church positions, is a member of the Joseph Lamb Council #5510 of the Knights of Columbus and is a facilitator for the Diocese of Paterson’s Protecting God’s Children Program; he is a Past Chief and Life Member of the Jefferson Township Fire Company #2; is member of the Lake Shawnee Club Board of Governors and currently serves as the Club President. Deputy Chief Wilsusen also serves as Vice-President of the Jefferson Youth Soccer Board and recently became President of the High School PTSA.

Sheriff Edward Rochford from Morris County will be joining us on June 27th to present these exceptional individuals with their awards.  We will be honoring each and every member of the JTPD at this event and are proud to stand by our officers in blue.

For information about how you can attend or sponsor this event please visit www.dpd.org/wiegand.