At the end of this month Captain Jack Delorenzo will conclude his longtime career with the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department as he enters retirement and starts a new chapter in his career.
Born and raised in Hasbrouck Heights, Delorenzo just celebrated his 25th year with the police department. Sitting behind his desk in the midst of slowly clearing out his office Delorenzo reflected on his career. He was first hired as patrolman on Aug. 10, 1987 he recalled.
The captain says he always had an interest in police work from a young age. He was exposed to it early as his grandfather was involved with the auxiliary police in West New York and then later two of his uncles become police officers. He served in the military police in the Army and then while on a leave he took the police test, passed and his law enforcement career in Hasbrouck Heights began soon after.
He looks back fondly on his career stating that he is happy this is the line of work he chose. When he became an officer he learned quickly that a lot happens in a small town.
Early on in his career he found he has a strong interest in investigations and detective work. When on a case he’d always stay behind and watch the detectives do their part. He says he was lucky to be put into the detective bureau years later where he wound up serving in for nearly 20 years.
Throughout his career he has also been the head of juvenile division and was nighttime supervisor for a number of years before he became head of the department’s detective bureau which he has led since 2004.
Delorenzo says after 25 years it’s time to trying something else. He will now start a new chapter in his career as he is partnering with a former colleague Bill Costiglione in a private investigations and security firm.
Among what he’ll miss most about the Heights police department is all the people he’s worked with over the years in the Heights department and other area police agencies they work with, as well as the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.
Police commissioner and councilman, Justin DiPisa said Delorenzo will be missed. DiPisa called him a “very respected, well thought of and a courageous man.”
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