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Chester County Sheriff-elect Kevin Dykes appoints Jason Suydam as next chief deputy

Sheriff-Elect Kevin Dykes announced his selection of Jason Suydam as the chief deputy of the Chester County Sheriff’s Office beginning January 1, 2024.

Suydam will bring more than two decades of distinguished leadership experience to his upcoming Chester County Sheriff’s Office role. With a background in both the government and private sectors, he holds advanced knowledge in public safety and law enforcement operations.

Suydam’s vast experience includes founding and operating Northeast Defense Systems, LLC – a security and training company serving the private and government sectors; serving as the interim director of the Chester County Department of Emergency Services; and serving as a crucial liaison to law enforcement agencies, as well as federal, state and regional partners as deputy director for Law Enforcement Services. His expertise extends to public safety training and management as a certified trainer/instructor, employee relations, budget management, fleet and vendor management, and community relations.

He has received recognition from the United States Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Marshals Service. He is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police, and Chester County Chiefs of Police Executive Board, and he dedicates time to various executive boards and committees to ensure community and public safety.

“I have full confidence in Jason Suydam as the next Chief Deputy, based on his proven track record in law enforcement and public safety. My selection of Jason is a first step of many to ensure continuity of protection and safety for the courts and people of Chester County,” said Dykes, who is currently chief deputy. Dykes will be sworn in as Chester County Sheriff on December 29.