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Meet Washington Township’s 4-Year-Old Police Chief

Alex Hammer, 4, poses with Washington Township Police Lt. Rich Skinner.
Alex Hammer, 4, poses with Washington Township Police Lt. Rich Skinner. Photo Credit: Lauren Kidd Ferguson

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Alex Hammer couldn’t wait to put on his Washington Township police chief uniform Friday.

The 4-year-old “had been talking about it for weeks,” his mom, Krista Hammer, told Daily Voice. And he woke up early Friday, ready to go, she said.

Alex, who is in remission from Lymphoma, was one of about two dozen children from throughout Bergen County – all with chronic health conditions or disabilities – who served as police “Chief for a Day” for their respective towns Friday.

“Today has been a great day,” said Washington Township Police Lt. Rich Skinner, who accompanied Alex and his family throughout the day. Alex received an escort to police headquarters and a full tour of headquarters, Skinner said.

Alex said his favorite part of the day was “the jail cell.”

“He is just such a brave kid,” Skinner said of Alex. “And if we can make him smile, that is all that matters to us.”

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