Chief Brian Beppel joined the Mt. Ephraim Police Department in 1990 as a Special Law Enforcement Officer, Class II. In 1993, he was promoted to Patrolman and in 1996 he was assigned to the Detective Bureau, as a Patrolman, on an as needed basis. He moved quickly through the ranks; proving at each level that he was ready to take on more responsibility: in 1997 he was promoted to Corporal, 1999 he was promoted to Detective Sergeant, and in 2002 he was promoted to Captain. On January 3rd, 2013, Brian Beppel was sworn in to the office of the Chief of Police of the Mount Ephraim Police Department; after serving as the Acting Chief for almost a year in the positions vacancy.
After graduating from Bishop Eustace Preparatory School, he began the educational process toward becoming a commercial pilot. The Chief decided that this was not the career that he wanted to pursue. He wanted a career that would challenge him and fit his natural leadership qualities. So, he switched to Law Enforcement and began to take Law Enforcement classes at Camden County College. Also during this time, he attended the Cape May County Police Academy. After graduation, Chief Beppel was employed with the Ocean City Police Department where he spent the summer of 1990 assigned to a patrol car as a Class II patrolman. That September, he joined the Mt. Ephraim Police Department.
During his time at MEPD, he has made and continues to make many positive changes to the department. From operations to training to personnel, the Chief has worked hard to keep MEPD up to date, in compliance and trained in order to serve the community better. An advocate for continuing education, Chief Beppel has attended many Law Enforcement courses provided by, among others, Penn State University, The International Association of Chief’s of Police, and The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. The Chief attended and graduated as the Valedictorian of his class from the West Point Leadership and Command School. Chief Beppel has completed the New Jersey Department of Personnel’s Certified Public Manager Program, which is sponsored by Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Chief Beppel also has been awarded many commendations. He has received professional awards, like the Service Award for a CPR Save. But of all his commendations, his favorite ones are the thank you letters that he has received from the people of the community.
Off duty the Chief enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and is involved in many activities. He is a Second Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate, which he also teaches, and he holds a belt in Aikido. He also enjoys golf, motor cycles and flying hot air balloons. He and his wife, Laurie, have two children. Chief Beppel is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, The Fraternal Order of Police, The Camden County Detectives Association, The Camden County Juvenile Officers Association and MAGOLCLEN.
Captain Conte joined the Mount Ephraim Police Department in 1999 as a full time Patrolman. He quickly rose through the ranks becoming a Corporal, Sergeant, Detective Sergeant and in 2013 he was promoted to his current rank of Captain.
Captain Conte graduated from St. Joseph's Prep High School; lettering in multiple sports including Wrestling and Tennis. He continued his education while pursuing his dream of becoming a Police Officer, ultimately earning a Master's degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Captain Conte has completed the New Jersey Department of Personnel’s Certified Public Manager Program, which is also sponsored by Fairleigh Dickinson University. In addition to his many duties as Police Captain; Brian is also the Emergency Medical Service Coordinator for M.E.P.R.I. Ambulance squad (Mt. Ephraim Police Reserves Inc), Executive President of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 76, an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice department at Camden County College, and an instructor at the Camden County Police Academy.
Brian is a lifelong resident of the Borough of Mt. Ephraim. In his spare time he enjoys playing softball, coaching junior wrestling and riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle.