Contact: Kelly Vence
Public Information Office

ELIZABETH, NJ—January 5, 2017— Earlier this morning, the City of Elizabeth increased the ranks of the Elizabeth Police Department at a ceremony in City Hall Council Chambers. The new recruits were introduced by Mayor J. Christian Bollwage; Councilman-At-Large Manny Grova Jr.; Councilman Nelson Gonzalez; Councilman Kevin Kiniery; Councilman William Gallman, Jr.; Director James Cosgrove; Deputy Chief Alexander Sofianokis and Deputy Chief John Brennan. Three of the additions are former Union County Police Officers, who have already completed their state-mandated training. The remaining ten recruits will attend the John H. Stamler Police Academy.

“One of our goals in the City of Elizabeth is to have as many officers patrolling our streets as possible. These thirteen new police officers will assist in improving public safety and reducing crime throughout our City,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “These new recruits will continue to provide a greater presence in our neighborhoods, all while creating and establishing more effective partnerships within our community. I wish them the best of luck in the upcoming weeks of training.”

Several new recruits are also bilingual, increasing the ability to interact and communicate with the diverse communities located throughout the municipality. New recruits include: Ashely E. Brown, Joel F. Gonzalez, William L. Gardner IV, Junior G. Alvarado, John P. Maldonado, Michael C. Castainca, David M. Barragan, Jefferson M. Ortega, Michael V. Suarez, Emanuel O. Maganinho, Laron A. Murray, Sr., Jose Sandino and Michael Castro.

“I would like to welcome each recruit to our Police Department, which is very well equipped and very well trained,” said James Cosgrove, Police Director. “The City of Elizabeth remains committed to increasing preparedness through the enhancement of law enforcement services. I hope to see all of the recruits back here in a few months, ready to implement the valuable lessons learned in training.”

The City of Elizabeth is the fourth largest municipality in the State of New Jersey with a population of 124,969. With its close proximity to the entire tri-state area, the Elizabeth Police Department responds to an array of calls, incidents and emergency issues. Additional recruits will strengthen operations and increase overall assistance to residents.