Diaz Swears in New Deputy Police Chief

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PERTH AMBOY — Mayor Wilda Diaz swore in Benjamin Ruiz as Deputy Chief of the Perth Amboy Police Department at an afternoon ceremony held at the William C. McGinnis School on Friday, Dec. 17.

Ruiz, a member of the of the Perth Amboy Police Department for the past 22 years, joined the department in 1988 and progressively rose to the ranks of Captain in July 2004.

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“I have already heard him mention his plans to develop more community policing and I am certain that Deputy Chief Benjamin Ruiz will take our department in bold new directions that we can all be proud of,” said Mayor Wilda Diaz.  “Ruiz is a long-time community leader in Perth Amboy and it an honor to swear in as Deputy Chief of Police.  On behalf the City of Perth Amboy, I thank him for taking on this new endeavor.”

The Perth Amboy Police Department, accredited in June 2009 has established a table of organization of 132 uniformed officers, which are supported by 10 Special Class I part time police officers, 50 volunteer auxiliary police officers, civilian 911 dispatchers, civilian report takers and a complement of non-uniformed civilian support personnel.

The department also maintains an investigative division, a public relations office, and an aggressive juvenile bureau and a Domestic Violence Response team. The department operates a centralized 911 dispatch communication center for all emergency services housed in the Public Safety Complex.

“It has not only been a pleasure of mine to be a resident of this City, but to now serve as Deputy Chief, I am privileged to serve this community.  I look forward to the success of our department and our City,” said Deputy Chief Benjamin Ruiz.

Ruiz, initially serving as patrolman of the uniform Patrol Unit in 1988 was promoted to Detective of the Narcotics Unit and thereafter to the Juvenile Division in 1991. Appointed as Sergeant to the department’s Community Service Bureau, he elevated to Lieutenant in May 2001—finally, serving as Captain for the past 6 years, most recently in the Uniform Patrol Division.

Throughout his career, he’s attended numerous advanced training classes and schools, including Domestic and International Terrorism School administered by the FBI, Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Law Enforcement Administered by the DEA and a graduate of the Middlesex County Police Instructors Course. Ruiz was also a 14-year veteran of the Middlesex County Special Operations and Response Team (S.O.R.T), as head of the team.

Aside from his 25 years of law enforcement experience, Ruiz has also been heavily involved with community as a resident and serving as a former member of the housing and zoning boards. Ruiz also coached several recreational basketball and softball leagues in Perth Amboy.

Ruiz has served as member of the International and New Jersey Narcotics Officers Association as well as in the National Tactical Officers Association. He and his family reside in Perth Amboy.


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