POLICE DEPARTMENT


Police Director Hakim Sims

 

Hakim Sims
Orange Township Police Director Hakim Sims is working to fulfill Orange Police Department's primary committment to providing essential and professional services to all who live, work, and travel throughout Orange.

Mission Statement

The Orange Police Department's mission is to protect Orange residents, providing efficient quality police services and promoting a safe environment through police-citizen partnerships, with an emphasis on mutual trust, integrity, fairness and professionalism.

 

About the Director: Hakim Sims

Hakim Sims is a twenty three year veteran of the Orange Police Department and has ascended to the rank of Captain with perseverance and honor. After graduating from Orange High School, Director Sims attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Initially, hired as a Police Officer in January 1990, Director Sims has held several key positions with the Orange Police Department and other external law enforcement agencies.  In the early part of his career, he spent two years working with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) conducting local, national and international drug cases where he received an award for his exemplary service. One of his proudest career moments included serving as the Orange Police Department’s representative to the Essex County Police Academy. At the Academy, Sims served as the Senior Training Advisor upon receipt of his certification from the State of New Jersey Police Training Commission which allowed him to direct the instruction of new recruits pursuing a career in law enforcement. At the Academy, Sims oversaw the instruction of well over 500 Police and Corrections Officer towards graduation.

Today, Hakim continues to be a conduit for teaching and understanding in the community. During his time with the Police Department, Sims served as President and Vice President of the Orange Kinsmen/Kinswomen; an organization established in 1974 by African-American police officers to address challenges and bridge gaps between the community and the police department. Sims has supervised and served as Commander in every division in the Orange Police Department. His most recent command included the Patrol Division comprising of nearly two thirds of the Police Department and Commander of the Special Response Team (SRT); the department’s high risk tactical unit which specializes in hostage rescue, protection detail and arrest warrants. Director Sims will tell you that law enforcement practices have changed over the years; however attributes including professionalism and honor remain etched in his spirit.

 

Deputy Director: Todd Warren

Todd R. Warren was born in Newark, New Jersey to Melvin and Amelia Warren.  He attended Blessed Sacrament Elementary School and graduated from Hillside High School in 1985.  As the youngest of four siblings, Todd was introduced to public service by his parents and Uncle, former New Jersey State Assemblyman, the late Willie B. Brown at a very early age.

Todd is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a BA Degree in Political Science and is presently pursuing a Masters Degree in Administrative Science at Fairleigh Dickenson University.  In 1993, while employed as an Essex County Probation Officer assigned to Juvenile Family Court, he began working with at-risk youth in Essex County during his spare time.  In 1994, he began a career in law enforcement and graduated from the Essex County Police Academy in 1995.  After graduation, Todd received a number of special assignments and training specialization in area such as Special Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T) Operative, Hostage Rescue, High Risk Warrant Entry and Executive Protection.  Throughout his career, Todd has worked in various aspects of law enforcement including Corrections, Auto Theft Task Force, Internal Affairs and Administration.

In 2001, he formed the Warren Foundation where its motto is “Rebuilding Families and Strengthening Communities”.  Todd spends an abundance of time mentoring at-risk young people and promoting events designed for community enrichment. From 2004-2007, he served as the Warden/Director of the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center where he labored tirelessly to redirect at risk youth from the broad road to destruction to the narrow road to righteousness.  One of his most impressive accomplishments as Director/Warden was redirecting over fifty “Crips” and “Bloods” to turn away from a life of crime towards Christianity.

After laboring tirelessly with at-risk youth, Todd heard a call to Christ.  In 2008, Todd received his spiritual foundation and was licensed at The New Hope Baptist Church of Newark under the leadership of the Late Reverend Dr. Charles E. Thomas.  Presently Todd is serving as Associate Minister at the Paradise Baptist Church in Newark under the leadership of Bishop Jethro C. James. His ministry includes guiding youth on their spiritual journey towards God, self and other lessons conducive to success.

Todd is the current Deputy Director of the Orange Police Department.  He is married to Chevelle Payne-Warren and they are the proud parents of Alyssa and Todd.

 

Department Achievements

The Orange Police Department is making changes that will put it on track to becoming one of nations's premiere police forces by:

• New computer-aided dispatch system

• Prioritization of a City-wide camera system

• Re-configured personnel to maximize efficiency

• Renewed working relationships with external law enforcement agencies