Chief of Police

Chief H. David Jaensch was hired by the Riverside Township Police Department in 1997 and graduated from the New Jersey State Police Academy in January of 1998. He has served as a patrolman, Lieutenant and Captain until he was promoted to Chief of Police in 2022.

Chief Jaensch has served as an Emergency Medical Technician, Internal Affairs Supervisor, and is a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. Chief Jaensch was instrumental in instituting a community policing philosophy in Riverside. He has collaborated on the development of projects such as the Citizen Police Academy, Kidz FunZone Game Truck, outdoor movie and game nights, social media outreach, and the Haunted Police Station.

Chief Jaensch is a graduate of Rutgers University, the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, VA, and the New Jersey State Chief of Police Leadership and Command Program. Chief Jaensch has a Master’s Certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia and is a New Jersey State Chiefs of Police Accredited Command Executive.