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.

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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