Five Police Officers Slated To Be Sworn In Next Week

All new hires are from Berkeley Township, mayor says


Five new police officers, all Berkeley Township residents, will be sworn in at a ceremony in Town Hall on Feb. 7, Mayor . said.

All of the men passed psychological tests and background checks last week, the mayor said at the Jan. 31 Township Council meeting.

"It's important we get them on board now," Amato said.

who are retiring soon or have already retired. They will start at the Ocean County Police Academy on Feb. 9, he said.

South Seaside Park resident Donald Whiteman asked if any of the candidates were local.

"They are all local," Amato said. "They are all Central Regional graduates, they all live in Berkeley Township."

The five are Taylor Butler, Alfred Foca, Shawn Bowens, Scott Rudolph and Jonathan Mulvihill, he said.

The number of Berkeley police officers once hovered around 74, but that number has since dropped to around 66 due to retirements.

The latest officers to step down include Patrolman Edward DeMott III, Detective James Smit, and Patrolman Daniel Stauffer, Amato said.

No one at the Jan. 31 meeting questioned the need for more officers, unlike the Jan. 17 meeting.

The officers hired in September included Michael Tier, 26, who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and is a 1st Lieutenant with the U.S. Army Reserves; Robert Ashton, 37, a Marine veteran who served in Operation Enduring Freedom; and Michael Tanis, 32, who is currently serving in Afghanistan, where he runs the Army's Salerno base military police department.

Tier is already on the road. Ashton is in the Ocean County Police Academy. Tanis' tour of duty will end in October, Amato said.

The swearing-in ceremony will get underway at 1 p.m. in Town Hall on Feb. 7.

Berkeley Guy February 02, 2012 at 04:46 PM
And where in this article does it say hes 19?
Jsmith February 02, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I totally agree with you Berkeley Guy!! People need to stop putting cops and their jobs down. Don't blame them for seeking out a very good paying and respectful job. These applicants have worked hard to get where they are at. Every other Berkeley citizen had a opportunity to take the test and be put on the certified list.
WhyohWhy February 02, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Thanks for the info Berkeley Guy. Why if numbers play such a role in hiring then, did she get a position in another township ? Her situation may have been exactly that, with the numbers, but you are not going to tell me that some hirings are not along the 'sexist' lines! Not sure I agree with the List of Vets getting hired first. I appreciate all they do for our country but thats what they chose to do. They weren't drafted. So now if my son wanted to be on the police force he has a better chance of getting on(even if he has a low score) just by serving his country for a 2 year stint. And if they were over seas and faught and are now back, thrown into regular civilian life its good to give them this type of job after all they've been thru in the war? Yeah... I don't care if they passed the psych test of not... They have alot of stuff going on in their head for a long time after they come back. But thanks for the heads up on how the hiring is done.... Maybe they should post that on here as well so people know the whole story.!
WhyohWhy February 02, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I believe Eagleguy said one was 19. Maybe he knows one of them.?
Berkeley Guy February 02, 2012 at 05:23 PM
REDONRED....That Township may not be Civil Service. Some towns are not Civil Service. For example....Toms River is not a Civil Serv town. They are a chief town. They go off of a seperate test. I dont know where she got hired. I do know that only people who currently live IN BERKELEY can be hired. That is the way the Civil Service works. Even if they were born and raised here, when you register for the Civil Serv test you must prove you currently reside in Berkeley. If you live anywhere else, you must take the test for THAT TOWN. And no, it is not sexist. You cant skip someone on the list because of sex... Especially with a female chief. You really think thats going to fly? As far as VETS go... I dont make the rules. I was just explaining that how it works. Im not agreeing or disagreeing either way. Just stating the facts. And yes, they should post the info on the patch.
WhyohWhy February 02, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Thanks Berkeley Guy
WhyohWhy February 02, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Talk about learning somtheing new every day ! LOL
Berkeley Guy February 02, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I try..... HAHA
Berkeley Guy February 02, 2012 at 07:17 PM
How do you know one is 19?
Christine Dwight February 02, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I do know one and he is 19 going on 20
Berkeley Guy February 02, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Ok, and what do you think of him? No good?
Sherry Kriss-Dillane February 03, 2012 at 12:27 AM
And you forget Oscar, they put their lives on the line everyday...To protect us..Yes, I am a policofficers wife, who at 20 when he started...Not much difference..He will have 30 yrs. on his department when he retires..No, he doesn't work in Berkeley..And when they retire shouldnt' they be replaced? I think it was a good thing. Some police departments I feel don't have enough officers, like my husbands...
Sherry Kriss-Dillane February 03, 2012 at 12:29 AM
And most wouldn't risk their lives for others..my husband is almost 50, no retirment for him yet. He has another 2 years and 2 mos to go..My calculations, he will be 52 not 44?????
Sherry Kriss-Dillane February 03, 2012 at 12:34 AM
My husband being a police officer has had many encounters with his 28 yrs. on the force. Even helping others in situations that aren't safe for even them. Not even involving guns or anything..How about house fires, car accidents, weather conditions, rain, snow, ice etc. No one thinks of that. I wish they would see what police officers do when they aren't writing tickets. They put their lives on the line every single day. You don't know what will happen or if they will come home from one day to the next..Glad BERKELEY GUY IS ON THEIR SIDE!!! I'm the wife of a police officer..and it isn't all pretty in pink..there have been many tears shed, many not knowings...
RiffRaff4 February 03, 2012 at 02:41 AM
How about hiring some women?
Berkeley Guy February 03, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Does anyone on this thing read anything??? I thought I explained that.
WhyohWhy February 03, 2012 at 01:00 PM
LMAO...See what I mean Berkeley Guy? @ Sherry I am sure that 30 years ago when your husband was hire he had a much different 'mind set' then some of the 19-20 year olds do today. The mentality of a 19-20 yr old is much much different today then it was 25 years ago...and I attribute it to the different up bringing and home life or there lack of. Times change and its a shame its not always changing for the good. I appreciate all that the police officers do. I have a few friends who are police officers working up north in inner cities. Its tough and they are very brave men. I just don't think that newer officers have the same work ethetics that say a vetern officer, like your husband, have. Another sign of the times.
Proud CR teacher February 03, 2012 at 02:41 PM
So your being stereotypical saying that all 19-20yr olds have the same mindset?....Eagleguy obviously if he is 19 the next number that comes along is 20...
WhyohWhy February 03, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Yes Proud CR teacher, I guess I am ! I would say the majority do today. BTW...I wonder what CR teacher taught Eagle Guy? LOL Now before you get your panties in a bunch for that last statement... let it be known that I had 2 children go thru Berkeley & CR schools and are doing quite well. !!! Just a little jab, thats all.
earsforward February 03, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Spend,spend, spend while we are in such financial straights and most towns are cutting back to help, Berkley fiddles away.
Berkeley Guy February 04, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Ears forward...Your really going to complain? And you can't even spell Berkeley? Do you even live in Berkeley?
earsforward February 05, 2012 at 10:53 PM
A typing error now what is your point? azzwipe
Hearme February 06, 2012 at 08:08 AM
We need new police officers. As I have stated in many of my posts , everything can't come down to money. We need certain things to sustain a safe environment in this town.Regarding the 19 year old they hired. I happen to know him he comes from a stable background and happens top be quit mature and loves this town. Even if I didn't know him I don't understand the lack of logic some have used when coming to their opinions. You will ask an 18 year old to put his life on the line in the military but he's not good enough to be a cop? There are good & bad to young & old on a police force like any other profession. The young guys are in better shape and have faster reflexes, new ideas & a better understanding of the younger people in town. The older have more street skills,maturity, & experience. I know in any job I ever had management tried to get both to learn from each other.As for retiring at an earlier age... Most retirement planes these days go by how many years they put in, not age. We should be grateful if we get a guy that starts here and stays here long enough to retire. It costs money to train new officers. If they stay then it benefits us. Most don't stay because police don't get paid that well here, so if he stays it will be because he has an attachment to this town. Regarding hiring women. I believe our police chief is a women. As it was explained the hiring is done off a list (For the most part). There is limited flexibility in the hiring system.
Hearme February 06, 2012 at 08:16 AM
We should never assume every person that is under a certain age comes from a background of no discipline and is basically a street thug of some type. I happen to know several young adults that were raised with caring parents(single parents as well as parents still together), and are outstanding citizens, They even vote. How about you? Don't be so quick to judge.
Oscar Wilde February 06, 2012 at 03:13 PM
blah blah blah.....running out of things to say ?
Oscar Wilde February 06, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Hearme February 07, 2012 at 04:05 AM
@Oscar Wilde. And you are calling the 19 year old to immature to be a police officer? That's funny.
angel February 08, 2012 at 01:16 PM
That's terrific. Now let's hope they can patrol all of south seaside park which is customary for all towns with a police presence rather than sitting in their patrol cars staring westward at the bay or sitting in the parking lot at berkeley seafood behind the bushes.
Johnny Citizen March 02, 2012 at 02:12 AM
The question isn't complete. The real question is why would they hire such young and inexperienced cops, when there are so many experienced laid-off cops that have families and live locally? This includes decorated officers whose homes are in foreclosure, their credit is ruined, they are losing their training certificates, getting older and the like. There is no guarantee these new hires will be able to graduate the academy, let alone perform their duties. We pay salary while in academy for six months, pay for their training, pay to keep academy running and then they ride along with a FTO for 6 months to a year, who is usually a top pay employee or supervisor. Lastly, they take lets say seven steps to top pay and then remain there for 18-25 years depending on when they want to retire, but a trained and experienced officer with lets say 6 years of experience and takes seven steps to top pay will only be at top pay for 12-17 years, thus another cost savings. This is another department that shows no loyalty to the men and women that have already paid their dues, completed requirements over and over and risked their lives to save others. WELL, WELL, WELL Shame on you Chief, Town Council and others involved with these hirings and costing the hardworking taxpayers money. No Excuse for this.PERIOD>>>>>
Berkeley Guy March 02, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Johnny crappy citizen. Are you kidding?


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