CAMDEN, NJ (CBS) – The Camden County Police Department has promoted its first wife and Latina to deputy police chief. Deputy Chief Janell Simpson, originally from Camden, worked in law enforcement for over 20 years, starting in 2002 when she joined the Camden Police Department.
“We’ve come a long way in 20 years,” Simpson said. “But we still have more to do, and I’m just excited about it.”
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After the municipal department disbanded and became the Camden County Police Department, Simpson was promoted to sergeant and led the Special Victims Unit, where she helped successfully reunite several missing persons with their families.
“I always wanted to be a policeman. I love my job,” Simpson said. “Contrary to what people may think, it’s an absolutely wonderful job.”
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Her brother, Camden Fire Battalion Chief Gilberto Colon, Jr., said their mother was a driving force in her children’s lives.
“I know she’s in heaven, she’s shining because this is a proud moment for our family,” Colon, Jr. said. “She’s worked hard to get here.”
As the department’s second-in-command, Simpson hopes to hire more local officers, especially women.
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“I would tell them they can do it,” Simpson said. “They have as much impact in that position as a man in that position.”