New chief, captain appointed to lead Princeton Police

(L-R) Ret. Chief Nick Sutter, Chief Christopher Morgan, and Capt. Jon Bucchere. 

Christopher Morgan has been named the new chief of the Princeton Police Department. He replaces Nick Sutter, who retired Oct. 1 after serving on the police force for 25 years.

Morgan began his career in law enforcement in 1998 after graduating from the Trenton Police Academy. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree from the College of New Jersey and earned his master’s degree from Seton Hall University. He also attended the Federal Bureau of Investigations Law Enforcement Development Seminar and is a graduate of Session 239 of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He served as acting chief of the former Princeton Township Police Department prior to the consolidation of the two Princetons. 

“I am both excited and humbled by this opportunity and look forward to working alongside the men and women of this organization as well as our community partners,” Morgan said of taking over the helm of the police department. “Together we will continue to develop and grow, and provide professional and community focused policing. Thank you to all for your continued support of the Princeton Police Department.”

Jon Bucchere, who has been named the new captain of the police department, began his career in law enforcement in 1999 after graduating from the New Jersey State Police Academy. He earned his bachelor’s of science in law and justice at the College of New Jersey. He was promoted to sergeant in 2007 and promoted to lieutenant in 2016. Prior to being promoted to captain, he served as patrol commander. 

The Princeton Council approved the promotions at the Sept. 30 governing body’s public zoom meeting. The following other promotions were also approved by the council due to the vacancies left by the retirement of Sutter and Sgt. Merv Arana:  :

Matthew Solova was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant.

James Martinez was promoted from corporal to sergeant.

Christopher Craven was promoted from patrolman to sergeant.

Craig Humble was promoted from patrolman to corporal.

Luis Navas was promoted from detective to corporal.

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  1. I would love to hear more about Morgan’s vision for the department, particularly in the context of the nationwide conversations around racial justice and the need to reduce reliance on police and build alternative first-response models.

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