Christopher Trucillo is NJ Transit’s new police chief, according to a recent announcement from NJ Transit Executive Director Jim Weinstein, who said the appointment followed an extensive nationwide search.
Trucillo was formerly chief of police at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, where he was employed for 22 years. During his tenure there, he served in a number of capacities, including inspector/commanding officer for the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Newark Liberty International Airport — two of the busiest facilities in the country.
On Sept. 11, 2001, then Capt. Trucillo organized a team to account for the Port Authority police personnel who were lost or missing in the attack on the World Trade Center and to immediately reach out to their families to provide support, information and assistance. Trucillo oversaw this operation in the ensuing aftermath, and the effort led to the formation of a Family Liaison Unit within the Port Authority Police Department.
He most recently was the director of public safety at John Jay College in New York City and an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University in the College of Education & Human Services Graduate Program.
“Policing a transit system presents unique law enforcement challenges that require a unique leader and executive, and I am confident that Chief Trucillo is that unique individual,” Weinstein said in a statement. “Chief Trucillo emerged as the strongest and most qualified in a very competitive field of candidates through a thorough process guided by the International Association of Chiefs of Police [IACP].”
Trucillo was one of nearly 150 candidates who were reviewed by IACP. From that list, five finalists underwent a rigorous and more extensive testing and evaluation process, including written and oral communications, interpersonal insight, problem analysis, and judgment, decisiveness, planning and organizational control, according to NJ Transit.
“It is a privilege to join the NJ Transit team and lead a police department that is made up of some of the finest men and women in law enforcement,” Trucillo said. “I am honored to be selected to serve in this capacity and look forward to continuing a strong tradition of pride and integrity as we maintain the safety and security of the state’s public transportation network.”
Trucillo graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rutgers University and a master’s in criminal justice from the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice.
NJ Transit is the nation’s largest statewide public transportation system, providing more than 895,000 weekday trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 12 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 165 rail stations, 60 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.
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