DOUGLAS HOLMES was born in New Jersey around 1927 to Robert and Anna Holmes. At the time of the 1930 Census the family lived at 709 South 9th Street, and the family was still there in 1947. Douglas Holmes was a 1944 graduate of Camden High School, where he took the college preparatory course, and was a member of the football and track teams. Academically he was in the top twenty-five percent of his class. 

Douglas Holmes joined the Camden Police Department and rose to the post of Chief of Police in the 1980s. Chief Holmes retired in 1986. 

Chief Holmes passed away on November 12, 2012.

Camden High School - Purple & Gold
January 1944

Camden Courier-Post - December 11, 1957

Convention Hall Roma Cafe
Willard C. Schriver Gustav Koerner
Anthony Skolski Sgt. Ray Smith
Anthony Marino Joseph Mardino
Ernie Santaniello Art Sharp
Andy Fanelli Nick Tedeschi
Anthony Galiozzi Anthony Moffa
George McKenzie Charles Kocher
Mario Ferrari Peter Paull
Edward Yeager Walter Busko
Thomas Kelly Douglas Holmes
Frank H. Ryan Royden Street

Camden Local 35,
Patrolmen's Benevolent Association



Camden Courier-Post
December 24, 1957

Frank Burns
Earl Quinton
Edward Ingram
Thomas Penn
Douglas Holmes
Charles Voll
Martin Portnoy
Dennis Evans







Camden Courier-Post - November 14, 2012

Ret. Chief R. Douglas Holmes

AGE: 85 Pennsauken

On November 11, 2012, Retired Camden Police Chief R. Douglas Holmes passed away peacefully.

Beloved husband of the late Dorothy Holmes and dear father of Robert, Charles and Roswell, Jr. He was endeared by his granddaughters, great granddaughter, his loving companion of many years, Priscilla Handy, and many nieces and nephews.

Doug was the first African American police chief in the City of Camden. He served dutifully until his retirement in 1986.

Family and friends are invited to the viewing on Saturday, Nov 17th from 9am-11am at Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church at 9th & Kaighn Avenue, Camden, NJ. Funeral services immediately following Interment at Farleigh Cemetery, Camden NJ. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his honor may be made to The Hospice of Moorestown VNA, 300 Harper Drive, Moorestown, NJ 08057.