Chief Nichelle D. Luster

201-348-5783 [email protected]

Chief Nichelle D. Luster was born and raised in San Diego, California where her family still resides. She came to Union City after serving honorably in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer. Chief Luster began her service to Union City in 1993, volunteering as an Emergency Medical Technician for the Union City Ambulance Corp.

In 1994 Chief Luster joined the police department. During her early years with the Department, she spent time in patrol, the investigative division, and on loan to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Homicide Squad. Chief Luster served as a supervisor in various capacities over the years including the Investigative Division Commander, the Patrol Division Commander, the Professional Standards Division Commander and the Department’s first Accreditation Manager. Chief Luster is a graduate of the Maryland State Police Motorcycle Operator Course and is a certified Crisis Negotiator through the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Chief Luster is certified through the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police as an Accredited Command Executive.

In 2018 Chief Luster was appointed as the Chief of Police. She is the first female Chief of Police in Hudson County history.

Chief Luster has a Masters Degree in Public Administration. She holds an adjunct professor position at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Command Staff

Inspector Brian Wolpert

Inspector Brian A Wolpert – a second generation police officer (father – retired Deputy Chief Leonard H Wolpert) who was raised in Union City and joined the department in 1994 after serving honorably in the United States Marine Corps where he earned veteran status in addition to several awards/citations for actions during Operation Desert Storm in the Middle East & Operation Sharp Edge in Africa.

Achieved Masters Degrees in Business (2007) & Homeland Security (2014) and is currently assigned as the Executive Officer of the Department, Commanding Officer of the Emergency Service Unit, Director of Emergency Medical Services Division & Counter Terrorism Coordinator for the city of Union City. He is married with two children.


Captain Joseph J. Botti

Family roots trace back to 1886 in Union City (formerly West Hoboken). Botti attended Emerson H.S. & studied at William Paterson University. Both his parents served Union City, father Robert as a city Commissioner & mother Patricia as executive assistant at the Union City Housing Authority. Captain Botti began his service in 1997, rising to Sergeant in 2004, Lieutenant in 2011 & Captain in 2016. Botti has commanded every tour in the patrol division. He has worked as a DARE instructor & School Resource Officer supervisor. Captain Botti currently oversees the Support Services division.

Captain Botti is the last remaining active Union City Police Officer who responded to NYC on September 11th, 2001. Botti is a published author. He was founder & director of the Union City Boxing Club, where he volunteered for 27 years. Botti is married with four children.

Captain Anthony J. Facchini

Captain Anthony J. Facchini was raised in Union City, attending St. Michael’s Grammar School and Emerson High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science in both Criminal Justice and Finance from New Jersey City University. He began his service to Union City in April of 1998, getting promoted to Sergeant in 2008, Lieutenant in 2013 and Captain in 2018.

Captain Facchini has served in various capacities over his 20 years with the UCPD including commanding the Day Shift patrol tour, Investigative Division and Internal Affairs Bureau and he was instrumental in the Union City Police Department receiving its inaugural Accreditation standard in 2016. Captain Facchini is currently the head of the Professional Standards Division.

Captain James D’andrea

In 1915 his family purchased a house in Union City, which they still own today. His mother was an elementary school teacher for the Union City Board of Education for 35 years. Captain D’Andrea graduated from Emerson High School and received a B.A. in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Captain D’Andrea earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from New Jersey City University and served honorably in the Air Force Reserve prior to joining the department in 1995. Captain D’Andrea was promoted to Sergeant in 1999, Lieutenant in 2008, and Captain in 2018.

Captain D’Andrea has served in numerous capacities in the deptartment including patrol and community policing supervisor, Patrol Tour Commander, Bureau of Criminal Identification, Detail Coordinator, Chief’s Office, Internal Affairs, and Office of Professional Standards. His current assignment is Day Tour Commander. He is married with two children.