Mustafa Rabboh was sworn in on Tuesday night, August 20, to become the new Bergenfield chief of police and Bergen County’s first Muslim police chief, North Jersey reported.
“I’m humbled beyond words for the support that I have received. I would like to start by thanking the mayor and council members for their support and having the confidence in me to lead the department,” Rabboh said.
Rabboh, 46, is the second Muslim police chief in the state of New Jersey, with the first being Ahmed Naga of Long Hill Township, who was in attendance at Rabboh’s swearing in.
Rabboh was sworn in by his childhood friend, John Abdelhadi, the chief judge for the Paterson Municipal Court, with a copy of the Qur’an.
Attending the event, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, the first Sikh-American Attorney General in the United States history, lauded the appointment of Rabboh for setting an example nationwide at a time of rising anti-Muslim sentiment and rhetoric in this country.
“Tonight, here in Bergenfield, we’re showing the rest of the country that despite all the hate, despite all the rhetoric, despite all the negativity we might see in the news, that the American Dream is alive and well here in Bergenfield tonight.”
In March 2017, a Pakistani-American became the first-ever Muslim to join the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Emergency Services Unit.
In the same month, a Muslim woman made history in New Jersey, becoming the first Muslim woman to join the city’s police force.