PERTH AMBOY—Two members of the Perth Amboy Police Department were promoted Monday with a swearing in ceremony led by Mayor Wilda Diaz and attended by the officers’ family members at City Hall Council Chambers.
Sergeant Denise Sosulski was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, while Officer Joseph Sulikowski was advanced to sergeant.
“We have seen many changes in our workforce in the past three years and I am so proud to see the growth in our Police Department,” Diaz said. “Sergeant Denise Sosulski has been a member of the Department since 1991, from her years of training and certification to facilitating the Accreditation process of the Perth Amboy Police Department, her effort and skills have advanced the Perth Amboy Police Department. Sergeant, and soon to be Lieutenant Denise Sosulski will also be the second women to hold this position in the history of Police Department.
“Police Officer Joseph Sulikowski began his career with the Patrol Bureau in 1999, with much training throughout the years and numerous awards, his latest heroic recognition is well deserved for helping save a women’s life on the Victory Bridge. Today he is honored with a promotion to sergeant.
Born in Perth Amboy, Sosulski graduated from Seton Hall University with a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice. Sergeant Denise Sosulski Joined the Police Force in 1991 and was assigned to the Patrol Bureau gaining a plethora of experience. In 2001 she was assigned to the Community Policing Unit. Sosulski was promoted to the rank of sergeant on February 21, 2003. During her tenure with the Perth Amboy Police Department she has been certified as an FBI crisis negotiator including suicide negotiations as well as hostage recovery, certification as a medical dispatch officer as well as D.A.R.E. and G.R.E.A.T. instructor. She attended and passed advanced supervision & leadership instruction.
In 2002 Sosulski successfully wrote and submitted a grant proposal to the State of New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice. The application was awarded the Edward Byrne Memorial Grant in the amount of $2.4 million, which she successfully implemented and managed for three years. In 2005 Sosulski was transferred to command the Juvenile Aid Bureau.
In 2007 Sosulski was transferred to the Office of Professional Standards to facilitate the accreditation process of the Perth Amboy Police Department. She is presently assigned within the Office of Professional Standards continuing the accreditation as well as investigations, grants and personnel matters.
Sosulski lives within the City of Perth Amboy with her husband Adam as well as her five-year-old daughter Sophia.
Sulikowski was born and raised in the City of Perth Amboy, where he attended Perth Amboy Catholic Grammar Schools and Perth Amboy High School, graduating in 1995, at which point he then attended Middlesex County College, majoring in liberal arts and criminal justice.
Sulikowski was appointed to the Perth Amboy Police Department in December of 1999, where, upon graduation from the New Jersey State Police Academy, class number 201, he began his career in the Patrol Bureau. Approximately six years later he was assigned to the Community Policing Unit, a position he retained until his transfer back into the Patrol Bureau.
Aside from his duties in the Patrol Bureau, Sulikowski is assigned to the Perth Amboy Police Departments Marine Services Bureau and is cross sworn as a Marine Task Force Officer by the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office. Additionally, he was selected to be the Deputy Commander of the Perth Amboy Police Departments SWAT Team.
During his tenure with the Police Department, Sulikowski had the opportunity to advance himself and attend numerous training courses such as, Radiation Detection and Investigation, NJ State Certified Firearms Instructor, Active Shooter Instructor, Methods of Instruction (M.O.I.), N.J. State Police Marine Law Enforcement Training, Field Training Officer and Formal SWAT Training schools.
A recipient of several awards and accommodations, Sosulski most recent notable award was a City of Perth Amboy Recognition Award which he received for his actions when he and his partner successfully talked a woman down off the Rt. # 35 Victory Bridge, who was over the railing and intended on harming herself.
Sulikowski currently resides in Edison, with his wife Amanda and their 7-month-old daughter Mila.
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