Trenton Police Director Terminated Effective Today

Trenton is seeing a power struggle between Mayor Reed Gusciora and Council President Kathy McBride.

Trenton Police Director Terminated Effective Today

Trenton, N.J. – Mayor W. Reed Gusciora announced that effective today, June 9, 2021, Sheilah A. Coley will no longer be the Director of the Trenton Police Department.

“Director Coley dutifully served the City of Trenton during its most trying times,” said Mayor Gusciora. “Police departments are rightfully under public scrutiny like never before, and social unrest and COVID-19 have exacerbated many of the conditions Trenton has struggled with for decades. But Director Coley’s efforts to increase accountability, modernize law enforcement technology, and diversify the TPD command staff have been commendable. However, my administration has decided to move in a different direction and will begin a search for a new Director immediately. We thank Director Coley for her service to our residents and wish her the very best in her future endeavors.”

Mayor Gusciora is currently evaluating replacement candidates and will make an announcement when a decision is made. Top priorities include building on TPD’s accomplishments over the last few years while also working to expand recruitment, boost community engagement and improve efforts to combat violent crime, which was at an all-time high last year.

In the meantime, Captain James Slack, a veteran with nearly 30 years of service with the TPD, will assume command of the department.

“Captain Slack has served every bureau within the department and has been recognized for his exemplary performance throughout his career,” said Mayor Gusciora. “We have no doubt that TPD will be in capable hands while we find a permanent replacement.”

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