Badge presented during the first Quarterly Awards Reception last night
(CAMDEN) – Assemblyman Gilbert “Whip” Wilson (D-Camden/Gloucester) was presented with an encased badge and the honorary title of Chief last night at the Camden County Police Department’s Quarterly Awards reception. He is the first person to earn this distinction.
“I am shocked and deeply gratified to be given such a great honor,” said Assemblyman Wilson. “The men and women of the Camden County Police Department are the best of the best, and I am proud to still be considered part of the force. If I was still a cop today, I wouldn’t hesitate to join the department.”
Assemblyman Wilson was instrumental in supporting the transition from city to county police force, advocating on behalf of the residents and the police officers.
“Whip has been a cornerstone of the Camden Police Department for decades,” said Senator Donald Norcross. “His experience helped guide the process of creating the new department, and no one deserves this honor more than he does.”
“The Camden County Police Department couldn’t have picked a better honorary chief,” added Assemblyman Angel Fuentes. “Whip’s heart and soul is public safety in Camden. He always puts the residents and the officers first.”
“Assemblyman Wilson embodies the mantra of our organization, service before self, and has dedicated his professional career to making Camden a safer place to live,” Freeholder Director Cappelli said. “I was proud to stand with him last night at the event and happy we could bestow the honor on him for his work in the department and as an elected official.”
Over sixty officers were recognized last night for meritorious service in the first four months since the department was formed.
Assemblyman Wilson praised the department for the strides it has made thus far, and joked that he was happy to rejoin the force. “I look forward to serving with distinction.