WOODBRIDGE – Mayor John E. McCormac today announced the appointment of eight new police officers to the ranks of the Woodbridge Township Police Department (WPD) – the officers have completed the state-mandated police training program at the Monmouth County Police Training Academy and will immediately take-up patrol assignments.
The appointments were approved after each recruit successfully completed an extensive testing and eligibility process overseen by the New Jersey Department of Personnel, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, and the Woodbridge Police Department interview team.
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of eight new police officers to the ranks of the Woodbridge Township Police Department,” McCormac said. “I have consistently indicated that the public safety mission is our most important priority. As a result of our commitment to public safety, combined with the increased assignment of uniformed officers to street patrol, the Woodbridge Police Department continues to maintain police ranks at maximum staffing levels to effectively protect public safety.”
Joining McCormac to announce the appointment of the new police officers were Police Director Robert Hubner, Deputy Police Director Joseph Nisky, Captain Roy Hoppock, Municipal Clerk John Mitch, ranking members and patrol officers of the WPD, family and friends. The Woodbridge Township Municipal Council offered congratulations to the new police officers on their appointment and assignment to patrol responsibilities.
According to Mayor McCormac, each new officer either graduated college or has attended college-level classes and each are forward-thinking individuals who have expressed dedication to the task of becoming a Woodbridge Township police officer and career law enforcement professional.
The eight police officers beginning patrol assignments are:
- Police Officer Robert Higgins Jr.: 20, Colonia. 2010 Graduate of Colonia High School. Presently attending Middlesex County College. Major: Fire Science Technology. Volunteer Fire Fighter with Colonia Fire Department.
- Police Officer Jeffrey Horvath: 24, Woodbridge. 2006 Graduate of St. Joseph’s High School. 2010 Graduate of Kean University. Major: Criminal Justice. Volunteer Fire Fighter with Woodbridge Township Fire Department.
- Police Officer Ryan Karabin: 23, Colonia. 2007 Graduate of Colonia High School. Attended Middlesex County College. Major: Criminal Justice. Volunteer with Colonia First Aid Squad from 2006 – 2009. Volunteer Fire Fighter with Colonia Fire Department.
- Police Officer Eric Manresa: 28, Woodbridge. 2003 Graduate of Woodbridge High School. Attended Middlesex County College. 2008 Graduate of Kean University. Major: Marketing. Former Correction Officer with Middlesex County Department of Corrections.
- Police Officer Brian Montalvo: 26, Avenel. 2005 Graduate of Cardinal McCarrick High School. 2009 Graduate of Rutgers University. Major: Criminal Justice.
- Police Officer Michael Niven: 34, Woodbridge. Associate of Science Degree; Full Sail Real World Education, Florida. Volunteer Fire Fighter with Avenel Fire Department. Volunteer EMT with Avenel Colonia First Aid Squad.
- Police Officer Anthony Sterlacci: 34, Port Reading. 1996 Graduate of Colonia High School. Attended Union County College – Major: Architecture. Middlesex County College – Major: Computer Science. Former Corrections Officer with Middlesex County Department of Corrections.
- Police Officer Joseph Wilder: 24, Colonia. 2006 Graduate of Colonia High School. 2010 Graduate of Ramapo College. Major: Law & Society.
“These new police officers have demonstrated a commitment to serve their community. Their training has prepared them for service as New Jersey’s finest law enforcement officers. I welcome them to the ranks of the Woodbridge Township Police Department,” said Hubner.
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