John W. Drake

John W. Drake

retired as the Chief of Police of the Chatham Borough Police Department, in February 2010, after serving 31 years, the last 8 years as Chief of Police. In 2008, he led his Department when they became only the seventh CALEA Nationally Accredited Law Enforcement Agency in New Jersey, as designated by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Chief Drake is the recipient of the New Jersey Public Safety Accreditation Coalition Distinguished Commitment Award for his continued dedication and advocacy of the professional standards that are the foundation of agency accreditation.

During his tenure with the Chatham Borough Police Department Chief Drake served in every key position within the Department. His assignments included Patrol Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Division Lieutenant, Investigative Division Lieutenant, Executive Officer Captain, and ultimately Chief of Police for 8 years.

Following his appointment as Chief of Police in 2002, Chief Drake developed a strategic plan designed to improve operations and enhance the delivery of public safety services to the community. The cornerstone of that plan was the pursuit and ultimately the attainment of CALEA National Accreditation. In addition, Chief Drake implemented the first Computer Aided Dispatch and Automated Records Management System, a Paperless Written Directive System, an automated Time Management System, the installation of the departments first Mobile Data Computers and In-Car Video Systems, an automated Evidence and Property System, an automated Personnel Evaluation System, creation of a Police Motorcycle Unit and the Emergency Services Tactical Unit.

Chief Drake holds an Associate Degree in business. He graduated from the Essex County Police Academy in 1979. Chief Drake also has hundreds of hours of in service training relative to command and leadership.

Professionally, Chief Drake is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, New Jersey Public Safety Accreditation Coalition, and the Morris County Police Chiefs Association and a member of its Executive Board.

To contact John Drake, please call our office at (732) 279-6657.