My Family Legacy

Edward J. Akins

Edward J. Akins
Paterson (NJ) Police Department

Hello, my name is Edward J. Akins; at the age of 25 I began my career in Law Enforcement as a Correctional Officer for the State of New Jersey. After completing the State Academy in Seagirt, New Jersey, I was stationed at Northern State Prison in Newark.

After two years with the Corrections Department, I was offered a position with the Paterson Police Department. Grateful for this new opportunity, I accepted and went back to the Police Academy for a second time. I successfully completed the Bergen County Police Training academy and upon completion began my new position as a Patrol Officer with Paterson.

My father, (Edward M. Akins, Jr.) was the first in my family to become involved with Law Enforcement. After volunteering as a class #1 special officer he went on to be a Correctional Officer followed by a Patrol Officer for the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department. He is about to complete his 23rd year and is now the rank of Captain.

My Brother, (Edward M. Akins III) is also a Paterson Police Officer. The two of us had the unique opportunity of attending the Police Academy together. We sat side by side throughout the entire process, supporting each other on that journey till the day we graduated.

My sister (Meagan Akins) is a Totowa Police Officer and the first female officer in the history of the borough. Before Totowa, she volunteered in Haledon as both a class #1 and class #2 special officer.

Today, all Four of us continue to work for our departments striving to excel every day. It is an absolute honor to serve my community with my family by my side.

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