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Department History

The Byram Township Police Department existed since the 1930's as a part-time police force. On April 15, 1971 the Byram Township Police Department was established as a full time Department with four full time sworn personnel including Eskil S. Danielson who was appointed as the Department's first full time Chief of Police. The newly formed Department then assumed all policing duties for the Township from the New Jersey State Police. The Department grew from four full time Officers to ten full time Officers by 1975. Currently the Department has 15 sworn Officers.

In 1979 the Department established a crime scene investigation unit followed by an accident reconstruction unit in 1987. The Department began a community policing unit in 1991 and also began teaching the D.A.R.E. program in the Byram Intermediate School that same year. In 1996 the Department's arson investigation unit was established. In 2005 the Department was able to establish an ATV Unit with funding provided by the Hudson Farm Foundation. The Department's current Chief of Police, Raymond F. Rafferty was promoted to Chief on November 1, 2005. The Department's second Chief of Police, John M. Gutwerk, retired in April 2005 with 31 years of service. He was promoted to Chief on December 1, 1993 when Chief Eskil Danielson retired after 22 years of service.

The following is a list of Officers who have honorably served and retired from the Byram Township Police Department:

Chief Eskil S. Danielson      1971 through 1993
Chief John M. Gutwerk       1974 through 2005
Lt. Chester F. Olivo Jr.        1977 through 1994
P.O. Henry M. Shubert        1971 through 1994
P.O. Leon N. Clouse             1972 through 1994
Sgt. George E. Schultz Jr.    1975 through 2000
Sgt. James C. Godumski      1975 through 2000
Sgt. Joseph A. Lamonica      1975 through 2001
P.O. Eric Lefkowitz               1981 through 2004
P.O. Phillip DeSmet              1994 through 2006

Beatrice F. Eriksen, retired clerical worker, 1973 through 2001