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Long Branch, Eatontown, Tinton Falls Adding Police Officers

Monmouth County Police Academy grads will be special officers for local departments

Long Branch, Eatontown and Tinton Falls will be adding new police officers to their ranks this year.

The Monmouth County Police Academy recently graduated 33 officers and several of them will be working as special officers for local departments.

"Just like the men and women of our various law enforcement divisions who stepped up over the past six weeks in the wake of super storm Sandy, I have no doubt that you will step up, too," Monmouth County Freeholder Director John Curley said in a release. "Working around the clock, police officers provided assistance to residents in unprecedented ways. Police officers provided a first level of support to residents in need. You are now part of this important public service corps."

The graduating class completed more than 800 hours of training this year to become the 83rd Basic Course for Police Officers.

Police Academy Director David I. Morris said the new officers are trained and ready to begin protecting citizens in the communities they will serve. As special police officers, he said, they will be held to a higher standard of conduct and are expected to demonstrate an abiding sense of fairness.

“The people you serve expect these things from you,” Morris said.

The following graduating officers that will be reporting to local departments are as follows:

Long Branch: Joseph R. Spitale

Eatontown: James J. Christie, Joshua D. Koval, Michael E. Schmerler

Tinton Falls: Michael J. Martone

Sal December 10, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Monmouth County and many seashore towns will be losing a great deal of real estate tax revenue due to Hurricane Sandy__and the high number of totally destroyed homes that have greatly diminished or no improved/dwelling property value now. Monmouth County and all seaside towns really need to take a very close look at reductions in property valuations caused by the storm____and try to get a handle of the tax revenue picture going forward. In hard hit towns as much as 30% or the tax base could be gone now. The County and the shore towns need to start reducing spending NOW in anticipation of muck lower real estate revenue going forward.
Big Whitey December 10, 2012 at 07:09 PM
I think the police departments should be staffed with those discharged honorably from the military. Let those who have served and sacrificed so much be the ones to uphold our laws. They are the ones deserving of the benefits and pensions our taxes pay. In fact, I think it should be this way for all government workers. Even politicians and teachers should have to serve their Country before being allowed to join the public payroll.

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