Linden swears in first black police chief

A New Jersey police department is getting its first black police chief.

Jonathan Parham sworn in as Linden's first black police chief.

Jonathan Parham sworn in as Linden's first black police chief. (9/1/16)

LINDEN - A New Jersey police department is getting its first black police chief.

Linden officials swore in 47-year-old Jonathan Parham, a 25-year veteran, on Thursday.

Parham says he's honored to be chosen for the post and says he realizes that the position could inspire African-American children to become police officers.

Parham is a graduate of West Point Command and Leadership School, has conducted law-enforcement training in other counties and has served as the accreditation manager for the department.

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