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Popular Teaneck officer to get last-tour retirement procession, celebration

Photo Credit: Courtesy Teaneck Police Chief Robert A. Wilson
Photo Credit: Courtesy Teaneck Police Chief Robert A. Wilson

SHOUT OUT: Teaneck Police Officer Charles “CJ” Mulligan will get a grand sendoff when he leaves headquarters Friday — with more than 100 commendations on a stellar career record — after his final tour of duty.

  • FRIDAY, APRIL 26: It was near-impossible to squeeze into The Cottage Bar — aka “The Second Precinct” — this afternoon for the festivities that followed a grand procession from headquarters for retired Teaneck Police Officer Charles “CJ” Mulligan. READ MORE….

Besides fellow officers, family and friends, the Pipes and Drums of Bergen County will be waiting to escort the 25-year department veteran down a closed-to-traffic Cedar Lane to the Cottage Pub.

Fittingly, a squadron of motorcycle officers will be part of the procession.

Mulligan, 50, was appointed to the force on Jan. 25, 1988.

Teaneck Police Officer Charles “CJ” Mulligan

He was assigned to the Traffic Bureau in 1994 and spent the next 19 years “as one of its most active members,” Police Chief Robert A. Wilson told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

Mulligan is best remembered as a motorcycle officer who “always wanted to ride regardless of the temperature,” the chief added.

He was an instructor for the Maryland State Police Basic Police Motorcycle Operations training program hosted at the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Academy in Mahwah, as well as an instructor for the Stoned Cold DWI-prevention program.

Wilson recalled one of the first communications he received from Mulligan a quarter-century ago:

“The next 25 years of my life I hope will be spent in service to the Township of Teaneck and its residents.”

“Truly a man of his word,” the chief concluded.

Mulligan is scheduled to leave headquarters at 3 o’clock Friday afternoon — 25 years, 3 months and 1 day after his police career began.

Cruisers and motorcycles will join the parade to what Teaneck officers call “The Second Precinct,” where that career will be celebrated.

Former partner Phil Lavigne says many plan to remain at the Cottage “till the lights come on.”

He and Wilson invite others to join in the procession.

(PHOTO: Courtesy Teaneck Police Chief Robert A. Wilson)

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