Pence wedding in Atlantic City

Atlantic City Police Chief Henry White, center, joined other law enforcement along Pacific Avenue during the wedding of Vice President Mike Pence’s nephew, John Pence, and Kellyanne Conway’s cousin, Giovanna Coia, at St. Nicholas Church in Atlantic City last September.

ATLANTIC CITY — Police Chief Henry White will retire Oct. 1 after 35 years of service, the department announced Saturday.

White, who was born and raised in Atlantic City, began his law enforcement career in 1985 after graduating from William Paterson University, Lt. Kevin Fair said in a news release.

He started in the department’s Patrol Division and Safe Streets Unit, or foot patrol. In 1988, he was assigned as a detective to the Special Investigations Section and Major Crimes Unit. He was promoted to sergeant in 1997, captain in 2001, deputy chief in 2005 and chief in 2013, Fair said.

During his tenure as chief, the department has increased its community policing efforts, including establishing the Neighborhood Coordination Unit, which added foot patrols to the city’s six wards and Tourism District, in a program funded by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.

White’s tenure also saw the introduction of body cameras and the opening of the department’s surveillance center, which studies cameras along the Boardwalk and elsewhere looking for criminal activity.

He also sits on the Planning Board as well as the boards of the Atlantic City Police Athletic League and the Atlantic City Police Foundation, Fair said.

White’s family includes his wife, Briggitte; three sons, Henry, John and David; daughters-in-law Latiya and Cori; and five granddaughters.

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