Dear friends,


Today I am announcing my retirement from the Tinton Falls Police Department effective January 31, 2022.  Before I retire, I wanted to personally thank you all, the community, my neighbors, and friends here in Tinton Falls.  You have offered me the opportunity to fulfill my dream to serve as a member of Law Enforcement in the town I proudly call home.  My family and I will always be grateful for the support our great community has provided over the years. 

My journey started in early 1990, following my graduation from Fairleigh Dickinson University when I was recruited to join the Tinton Falls Police Department. I have had the honor to serve in the Tinton Falls Police Department in various rolls, but the connection I made with hometown residents led me to implement community policing objectives as the Chief of the Tinton Falls Police Department. First as a member of the police department and then as a volunteer in this community, I worked hard to gain trust and respect and ultimately came to be known as “BIG JOHN”.  I strived to be as approachable as possible whereas, the community at large would feel comfortable reaching out to the police department whenever necessary.

And over the past two decades, I hope I succeeded in creating that safe environment for every member our community, young and old. 

Tinton Falls holds a special place in my heart because it is where my wife Jodi and I settled to raise our four beautiful children, Hannah, Jack, Matt, and Frankie.  I am truly one of the luckiest men alive because I was able to work and live in this great community. This blessing also allowed me to watch my children grow and be an active participant in the community. I will always reflect with fondness on those days volunteering as a coach for little league, travel baseball, travel basketball and recreation basketball.  I will treasure those memories and the relationships I have built with the families of Tinton Falls while coaching or watching my kids play in the gyms and on the fields here in town.

The uniqueness of our community always influenced my perspective as Chief.  I will always be grateful to Mayor Michael Skudera for entrusting me with this important role in our community, and those members of the community who packed the council meeting to express their support of my appointment to Chief of Police. It was those moments that reinforced my desire to strengthen the police department’s relationship with the residents and business owners in our community.  I am so proud of the members of our police department who, over the years, worked to break down walls and build an ongoing partnership    with the Tinton Falls community.  Working together as a team, we have built a modern, innovative, and highly effective law enforcement agency for Tinton Falls that focuses upon maintaining strong connections with all facets of our community. 

For instance, upon becoming Chief, this concept of community partnership led to the creation of the Community Relations Unit within the Department. This unit consisted of several officers from the department who ranged from the administration, school resource officers, detective bureau, and many officers from patrol who were actively engaged in outreach programs for the youth community. Some of those programs consisted of our TF Junior Academy, Community Day, Sports Camp for the Youth, Coffee with a Cop, Bringing Toys for Tots to Monmouth Medical Center during Christmas time for kids who are not able to spend time at home.  One of the best community partnerships that I enjoyed every year was “Shop with a Cop” initiative.  Business owners in our community make donations to allow the police department to shop with approximately 30 kids in town at the Jersey Shore Outlet Mall for Christmas.  And I know Santa Claus loves this event to because he takes the time out of his schedule to come to Tinton Falls to celebrate the holidays with the children on that special day. The joy of this day would not be possible if it wasn’t for the tremendous business owners in our community and the members of our police department who strive to make this day as memorable as possible for the young children in our community.

We have also supported programs to protect our students in the schools by dedicating several officers to the schools in town. I am also very proud of the L.E.A.D program (Law Enforcement Against Drugs), which we started in the middle school to keep children safe. Life throws us many curve balls and speed bumps along the way, but by working together as a community we will always come out stronger. We have all been dealing with the pandemic over the past two years and I can not be any prouder of the officers of the Tinton Falls Police Force and all front-line service workers who helped keep us safe during this time.  We all did not know what we were dealing with at first, but we worked together in creating a schedule that kept us all safe and supported one another when officers or their families were struck with Covid. Every officer ensured the Tinton Falls Community continued to receive stellar public safety services during this extraordinary difficult time.  I must also comment on the hard work and dedication of our records division, who have done an outstanding and tremendous job not only dealing with the officers in house but also dealing with Attorney’s, County Dispatch, and residents. 

The officers of the Tinton Falls Police Department are well disciplined, respectful, properly trained, educated and highly professional.  I am very proud of my officers, which makes it very difficult to step away from this job because it has been a true honor to be the leader of this exceptional group.  I am forever grateful for their backup.  Also, throughout my tenure, I can never be more thankful for the support provided to me by every Tinton Falls Mayor, the Borough Hall employees, that includes all departments, and of course all seated Borough council presidents and members. Everyone has made my job easier by being nothing but supportive of our police department while working together to build a stronger Tinton Falls.  I must also thank county dispatch, volunteer services and every police department in the Ocean and Monmouth County.  We worked together well, never missing a beat, I have the utmost respect for all our professionals in blue.  Thank you.

When I reflect on the past years, the bittersweet journey has been humbling, satisfying and downright amazing. There is nothing I would change.  And I would proudly do it all over again, but all journeys must come to an end, and following my retirement, I intend to pursue work in a capacity where I can continue to be a service to our community. Please keep my family and the Tinton Falls Police Department in your thoughts and prayers during this period of transition.  Again, thank you for the memories it has been an honor to serve the community we all love.


Chief John A. Scrivanic