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Mayor Barry Conaway Appoints Capt. John Fine as New Police Chief to Replace Retiring Police Chief Alan Snow


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Mayor Barry Conaway Appoints Capt. John Fine as New Police Chief to Replace Retiring Police Chief Alan Snow

Barry W. Conaway, Mayor of the City of Burlington, is pleased to announce that Police Captain John J. Fine will be promoted to the position of Chief of Police, effective April 1, when he will replace retiring Chief Alan Snow to take command of the force that includes 33 full-time officers, 18 part-time special law enforcement officers, 31 crossing guards, 1 police aide, and 4 civilian administrative staff.  “John Fine is a forward-thinking law enforcement professional who I am confident is the best leader to develop the department to meet tomorrow’s challenges.”

Captain Fine joined the City of Burlington Police Department full-time in 2001, and was promoted to Sergeant in 2010, Lieutenant in 2015, and Captain in 2016.  He also served as Reserve Officer in 1999, and his first involvement with the City’s Police Dept. began when he joined the City of Burlington Police Explorers in high school, and graduated from the Burlington County Institute of Technology, Westampton Campus. Captain Fine received his Master of Administrative Science degree in 2016 and his BA degree in Public Administration/Executive Leadership in 2015 from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  He also received a Criminal Justice certificate from the University of Virginia after completing the invitation-only 259th Session of the FBI National Academy given by the U.S. Dept. of Justice.  His other training certifications include invitation-only FBI Mid-Atlantic Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, based out of Princeton University.   Captain Fine is an Accredited Command Executive, recognized by the New Jersey State Chiefs of Police Association, and a NJ Police Training Commission Police Academy Instructor specializing in teaching police recruits in the area of Officer Wellness after a Critical Incident. He is a member of the NJ State Executive Board for FBI National Academy Associates and former Vice-President of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #63. Captain Fine is a Medal of Valor and Police Star recipient from the NJ State Fraternal Order of Police in 2015, a Combat Cross, along with being awarded the Officer of the Year, Shield Award in 2005 and 2014.  Captain Fine also was awarded the Jewish Community Service Award in 2013, the Emmitt Smith Jr. Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award in 2018 by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Nu Nu Chapter, and a Community Service Award by Sisterhood, Inc., for his Community Policing Efforts.  Captain Fine enjoys spending time with his two children, coaching youth sports, and entertaining friends and family.

Captain Fine stated, “We, as a community, must work collectively to combat crime and drug addiction. As Chief, I will remain dedicated to our officers who keep our community safe along with supporting our local community leaders to move our beautiful city in the right direction.  The City of Burlington Police Department has taken many steps forward with our Community Policing initiatives as well as working with our local, county, state, and federal partners to investigate and to remove violent offenders from our streets.”