Office of the Chief
Lisa D. Parker, an accomplished veteran officer with nearly 26 years of service to Manchester Township, took the oath of Chief of Police on March 2, 2015. Chief Parker began her law enforcement career in Manchester Township on May 1, 1989, in the Patrol Division. She has worked in all of the Police Division’s major bureaus and units, and served under all five of Manchester Township’s previous Police Chiefs.
Among her accomplishments, Chief Parker became a Detective in 1995 and while working in that capacity implemented a Victim Intervention Program (VIP) as part of her Master’s Thesis. This program helped to increase police officers’ knowledge of domestic violence, empower victims, and stop violence through strict law enforcement. The VIP Program became a model for the State of New Jersey, and Chief Parker was awarded the 1998 Women of Influence award for her work in domestic violence.
Chief Parker was promoted to Sergeant in 2002 and a year later was assigned to lead the Investigations Bureau. In 2006, Chief Parker was promoted to Lieutenant in the Patrol Division, and in 2011 she became Captain, overseeing civilian and sworn personnel and running the Office of Professional Standards. In this role, Chief Parker initiated the revision to the Field Training Program and introduced a mentoring training program for new sergeants. Chief Parker also directed improvements to the hiring process and supervised changes to employee background investigations, ensuring only the best candidates are hired. More recently, Chief Parker implemented the narcotics enforcement team, which has found great success in combating drug abuse.
Following in the Manchester Township Police tradition, Chief Parker is an advocate of higher education and has completed many prestigious Leadership programs. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University and graduated from the West Point Leadership and Command program, where she now serves as an instructor. Chief Parker also completed the FBI-LEEDA Executive Leadership course and Fairleigh Dickinson University Executive Leadership course.
In addition to the everyday duties of the Chief of Police, she is responsible for the following duties within the Division:
- The establishment and maintenance of efficient operation of the Police Division.
- The organization, control and maintenance of all property and resources within the Division.
- The development of the written organizational structure of the Division to include the chain of command as well as all duty assignments.
- The development and implementation of all directives necessary to govern the day-to-day operations of the Police Division.
- The maintenance of overall discipline within the Division.
- The maintenance of constructive relationships with the public, community organizations, the media and other law enforcement agencies.
- The preparation and submittal of annual budgets and proposed expenditure programs to the appropriate authority or other designated officials.
- The allocation of funds within the budget which have been appropriated by the governing body.
Contact: Chief Lisa D. Parker, 732-657-2009 ext. 4100