Chief Nichelle D. Luster

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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

Captains

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 Patrol Division. 

 

Captain Walter Laurencio

Captain Walter Laurencio was born in Cuba and came to the United States at the age of 3. His family briefly lived in Queens, NY before they settled in Union City. Captain Laurencio attended Washington School and Jefferson Annex Grammar schools before graduating from Union Hill High School in 1994. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The College of NJ and a Master’s Degree from Seton Hall University. 

Captain Laurencio started his law enforcement career with the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office before being hired by the Union City Police Department in 1999. He is a graduate of Essex County Police Academy class 99-3. As a Police Officer and Detective, he served in the Community Policing Unit, Narcotics Task Force, and Patrol Divisions. He has been a member of the Emergency Services Unit (ESU) since its inception in 2004. In 2008, Captain Laurencio was promoted to Sergeant. In 2013, he was promoted to Lieutenant and then promoted to Captain in 2020. He has served as the Chief of Staff for Chief Brian Barrett (Ret.), Chief Richard Molinari (Ret.) and Chief Nichelle Luster. He has also served as the Patrol Division Commander, Investigative Division Commander, and in his current role as the Professional Standards Division Commander.

 

Captain Michael Bergbauer

Captain Michael J. Bergbauer – a second-generation police officer (father – retired Inspector Michael H. Bergbauer) who was raised in Union City, and joined the department in 2004 after serving as a Hudson County Sheriff’s Officer and Corrections Officer.

Achieved B.A. in Political Science from New Jersey City University (2009) & M.A. from Seton Hall University’s Police Graduate Program – Human Resource Training & Development (2020).  Captain Bergbauer achieved the rank of Sergeant in 2011, Lieutenant in 2016 & Captain in 2021. Captain Bergbauer has proudly served in the patrol division on nights for the majority of his career.  Currently, Captain Bergbauer is in charge of the Community Policing Unit and Morning Tour.  He is married with three children.