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June 02, 2015

Meet Camden's highest-ranking Latina officer

Linda Alicea now holds the rank of lieutenant

Police Promotions
Linda Alicea Contributed Art/Camden County Police Department

Linda Alicea shakes hands with Camden County Police Chief J. Scott Thomson. Alicea was recently promoted to lieutenant, making her the highest ranking Latina in the city's history.

Linda Alicea is now the highest-ranking Latina police officer in Camden’s history.

With her promotion, which was formalized in a ceremony Monday, Alicea now holds the rank of lieutenant. She was one of 10 in the department promoted to this rank at the ceremony. In addition, three others made the rank of captain.

Alicea is from Camden and became an officer in 1999, according to a press release from the department. In her new position, she will take command of all patrol and neighborhood response team units in the city’s 4th district, which covers Whitman Park and Parkside.

The ceremony was held Monday before the annual raising of the Juan Bautista flag in front of police headquarters, which marks the start of a month of celebrations recognizing Puerto Rican culture. At the end of June, the city will have a San Juan Bautista parade.