CITY OF ELIZABETH SWEARS IN 14 NEW POLICE OFFICERS

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CITY OF ELIZABETH SWEARS IN 14 NEW POLICE OFFICERS
 
ELIZABETH, NJ—January 14, 2016— 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., Councilwoman-At-Large Patricia Perkins Auguste; Councilman Carlos Torres; Councilman Kevin Kiniery; Director James Cosgrove; Chief Patrick Shannon and Deputy Chief John Brennan. Two of the additions are former Union County Police Officers, who have already completed their state-mandated training.  The remaining twelve will attend the John H. Stamler Police Academy. 
 
“These fourteen new police officers will assist in improving public safety and reducing crime throughout our City,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “Having these young men and women on our force 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: Michael Cowen, Yilson Herrera, David Padlo, Jaleesa McCray, Jean Mimy, Phillipe Sabater, Christopher Mooney, David Hoary, Matthew Fonseca, Tara Calderon, Antoine Pryor, Jessica Marques, Ryan Trocan and Veronica Garcia.
 
“As a former member of the Elizabeth Police Department for over thirty years, I can tell you firsthand that our officers are there for our residents and our City 24/7,” said Kevin Kiniery, Councilman of the Third Ward. “The City of Elizabeth remains committed to enhancing law enforcement services and I wish all the recruits much success in their new careers.”
 
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.