New chief to be sworn in Friday

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LONGPORT – Capt. Vincent Pacentrilli will be sworn in as police chief Friday, April 1, becoming just the sixth police officer to claim the title since the Longport Police Department was created in 1931. He has been with the department for 25 years.

Pacentrilli, 52, takes over the top spot from retiring Chief A. Scott Porter, who leaves after more than 25 years with the department.

Porter became chief in 2001, taking the reins from retiring Police Chief Dennis Pacentrilli, and a decade later he will hand the keys to the office over to Vincent Pacentrilli, the cousin of Dennis.

The Pacentrelli’s are not the only kin to share the top cop designation in Longport. The first chief, Richard DePamphilis, was sworn into office in 1931. He had come to Longport on loan from Atlantic City in 1925. He retired in 1974 and was followed by his son, Richard DePamphilis Jr. The next chief was Sam Cianci, a nephew of Richard DePamphilis Sr. Cianci retired in 1992, and Dennis Pacentrilli, also a nephew of DePamphilis, was sworn in as chief the according to the borough website.

The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Centennial Room on the second floor of Longport Borough Hall, 2305 Atlantic Ave.

For information and photographs of the previous Longport chiefs of police visit

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