To promote public safety; to prevent, suppress and investigate crimes; to provide emergency and non-emergency services; to create and maintain strong community partnerships; to adapt a multi-disciplinary approach to solving community problems; and to develop and promote a diverse, professional workforce.
The Atlantic City Police Department will commit its resources in partnership with the community to promote a safe and secure environment, free from crime and the fear of crime, to maintain order and provide for the safe and expeditious flow of traffic while practicing our core values of integrity, respect, service and fairness.
Acting Chief James A. Sarkos (Interim Officer in Charge)
Acting Chief James A. Sarkos is the Interim Officer in Charge of the Atlantic City Police Department and has served in that capacity since October 1, 2020. Acting Chief Sarkos started his law enforcement career in 1995 as a Class One Special Law Enforcement Officer (S.L.E.O.) for the Ventnor Police Department. He worked as a Class Two S.L.E.O. for the Wildwood Police Department during the summers of 1996-1999. He was hired as a full-time police officer for the Linwood Police Department in October 1999. In October 2000 he started his career with the Atlantic City Police Department. Promoted to sergeant in 2006, lieutenant in 2011, captain in 2016 and deputy chief in 2018 he has supervised in the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Section and Special Investigations Section. He has also served on the S.W.A.T. Team as an operator, team leader and commander and served as a patrol officer and vice detective earlier in his career.
He has received 15 departmental commendations throughout his career, twelve awards from the PBA including three life savings medals and supervisor of the year, a valor award from the American Legion, two valor awards and a certificate of commendation from the 200 Club, State of N.J. General Assembly Citation, recognized by the Bangladeshi Association of Atlantic County for dedication and services to the Atlantic City Community, certificate of appreciation from Stockton University, certificate of appreciation from the United States Secret Service and was the recipient of the Atlantic Cape Community College President's Distinguished Alumni Award.
Acting Chief Sarkos was the project manager for several Atlantic City Police Department initiatives including the Boardwalk Camera Project, the ACPD Surveillance Center/Emergency Operations Center also known as “A.C.H.I.L.E.S.” (Atlantic City Headquarters for Intelligence Logistics and Electronic Surveillance), Project P.A.C.T. (Protecting Atlantic City Together) camera sharing initiative, R.T.M. (Risk Terrain Modeling), Project Medicine Drop and RAPID electronic pawn system.
Acting Chief Sarkos holds an Associates of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Atlantic Cape Community College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Stockton University, and a Master of Arts degree from Seton Hall University Police Graduates Studies Program in Human Resources Training and Development (3.95 GPA). He is also a graduate of the New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police West Point Command and Leadership Program and Rutgers University / NJ Civil Service Commission Certified Public Manager Program.
Acting Chief Sarkos is a founding member of the Atlantic City Police Foundation and currently serves as Vice Chair. He is also a member of the Jewish Family Services Community Advisory Committee, Coalition for a Safe Community, FBI Newark Division Joint Terrorism Task Force and Atlantic Cape Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board.
Acting Chief Sarkos has been the guest speaker at numerous events around the country and internationally including the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual convention in Chicago, Illinois, evidence based policing conference at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA,, the First international Conference on Crime Risk Analysis in Elche, Spain and presented on the future of first responder technology to members of congress in Washington, D.C.. Deputy Chief Sarkos recently co-author a published report in the Journal of Place Management and Development. Deputy Chief Sarkos also appeared on the National Geographic's series Break Through (S2 E5), featuring the ACPD and Rutgers University's work on Risk Terrain Modeling.