Chief Walter J. Ardin Jr.
(973) 625-4000 Ext. 1000
Chief Walter J. Ardin Jr. was born and raised in
Rockaway Township and still currently resides in Rockaway Township. Chief
Ardin attended Rockaway Township Schools and graduated from Morris Knolls
High School in 1985. He has received Associate Degrees in Criminal Justice
and Computer Information Technology from County College of Morris and has
received a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Seton Hall University.
Chief Ardin was hired as a Police Officer by Rockaway Township in February
of 1990 and assigned to the Departments ESU unit in 1993. He was promoted to
Sergeant in February 1999 and served as Shift Commander and Commander of the
ESU unit. He was promoted to Lieutenant in December of 2004 where he is
Commander of Support Services in charge of the Departments Computer
Networking and Radio Systems and served as the Department TAC officer. He
was promoted to the rank of Chief in August of 2008. Additionally he serves
as the Townships Safety Delegate.
Chief Ardin has attended many specialized training schools. To name a few:
· Breathalyzer and Alcotest Certified
· H.I.D.T.A. Narcotics Training Course
· Advanced H.I.D.T.A. Narcotics Training Course
· 9-1-1 Certified
· Proactive Police Supervision
· Crime Prevention Course
· State Police Incident Command Course
· High Impact Supervision
· Def-Tec Model 25 Basic Distraction
· Building Search Tactics/Live Fire
· Vehicle Assault Tactics/Live Fire
· Drug Raid and Warrant Service
· First Responder/Tactics For Dealing with the Barricaded Gunman
· TAC Officer
· New Jersey Police Executive Institute
In addition Chief Ardin is a Certified Instructor for the following:
· American Heart Association CPR and First Aid Instructor
· First Responder Instructor
· Respiratory Protection and Fit Testing Instructor
· Hazmat Awareness and Operations Instructor
· CBRNE Awareness and Operations Instructor
Chief Ardin is also involved in the Rockaway Township Fire Department White
Meadow Lake Company #5, where he has served as Company Chief and Company
President. He is also a certified as an Emergency Medical Technician and
Ice/Water Rescue Technician.
Chief Ardin has received two lifesaving awards and was awarded the M.A.D.D.
(Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Award in 1994.