Deputy Chief Tracy Frazzano of the Montclair, New Jersey, Police Department has accepted a position as the Chief of Police in Marco Island, Florida.
Deputy Chief Frazzano had been with the Montclair Police Department for more than 20 years and a product of the Montclair community, where she excelled academically and athletically. At Montclair High School, she was in the National Honor Society and also received 12 varsity letters. She was the first female basketball player in the school’s history to score over 1,000 points in her career and held the all-time scoring record for ten years. Tracy continued her academic and athletic career at Rutgers University, where she played softball for the Scarlet Knights.
During her police career, she has performed uniformed and plain clothes duties in the Patrol Division, Juvenile Aid and Community Policing bureaus. Tracy made history within the Montclair Police Department as its first female Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and Deputy Chief. She spent time as a coach in the Police Athletic League, as a tutor for middle school children and a mentor for the Concerns for Police Survivors program.
She has been actively engaged in a wide range of educational and training activities, including work with multiple state agencies and the federal government. A 2010 graduate of the Center at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, she earned a Master of Arts degree in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense). Her thesis was nominated for the Outstanding Thesis Award and in 2011, she was honored with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security Alumni Fellowship which detailed her to Washington, D.C., working for the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In 2015, Tracy attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. At graduation, she received the Distinguished Graduate award, bestowed upon her as a result of her demonstrated leadership abilities.
Throughout her entire career, Tracy has loyally supported the Special Olympics and had the honor of carrying the ceremonial torch as a regional police representative. She has represented the United States in the sports of softball and dragon boating in the 2011 and 2015 World Police and Fire Games, resulting with a gold medal in each. For years, she has volunteered many hours to charitable organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, American Cancer Society, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and National Police Week run. She continues to organize, participate and contribute to numerous charitable functions benefitting the law enforcement and residential communities she serves. In her spare time, Tracy can be found on the golf course with her husband, Bill “Fuzzy” Frazzano, who is a retired Montclair Police Captain.