Chief John Lazzara
Chief John Lazzara began his career with the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office on March 26, 1990 as a Sheriff’s Officer assigned to the Passaic County Court Complex. Upon graduating the Passaic County Police Academy in 1992, he returned to the court complex where he continued to be assigned to court security, prisoner transportation, and Civil Process. In 1999, he was promoted to Detective and assigned to the Warrant Division where he was responsible for the investigation and apprehension of fugitives with outstanding Passaic County Superior Court warrants.
In 2002, he was assigned to the US Marshal Service NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force based in Newark N.J. As a deputized federal marshal he was involved in the investigation and apprehension of fugitives wanted for 1st and 2nd degree violent crimes. While assigned to the task force he was promoted to Detective Sergeant in 2003 and to Detective Lieutenant in 2009.
In 2011, he returned to PCSO headquarters and assumed command of the Warrant Division evening tour. In 2012, in addition to the Warrant Division, Lazzara assumed command of the Crime Scene Investigations Division, Criminal Investigation Division and the Internet Crimes Unit. In 2013, he took on the additional assignment of Accreditation Manager.
In 2014, he was promoted to Detective Captain, and assigned the command of Investigative Services. In 2015 Lazzara was promoted to Chief and assumed command of the Bureau of Law Enforcement.
Chief Lazzara is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions. Chief Lazzara attended Caldwell College completing courses in Criminal Justice and Sociology.
Chief Lazzara has been married for 33 years to his wife Jo Ann and has 2 children Michael and Alyssa. He is member of the Passaic County Police Chief’s Association, past President of the New Jersey Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association and currently serves as the First Vice President of the Italian American Police Society of New Jersey.