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ELIZABETH, NJ—January 12, 2012— Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, City Council members and City officials welcomed 18 new Police recruits at a ceremony in City Hall Council Chambers.  The new class includes four women, two Marine Corp veterans and one former Roselle Park policeman, who has already completed the state-mandated training and therefore will receive an assignment within the next two weeks.  The rest of the recruits will attend the John H. Stamler Union County Police Academy, where they will receive six months of training.

"Public safety is one of our biggest priorities in Elizabeth and additional law enforcement means increased services and patrols throughout our communities,”said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage.  “This is what our residents expect from government and it is what we are delivering.”

Elizabeth’s investments in public safety continue as many large municipalities throughout New Jersey had to lay off police officers and firefighters due to their inability to contain costs. In the City of Elizabeth, there was not a single public safety worker laid off in 2011; in fact they hired an additional four last year.

“During these challenging economic times, it is important that we strengthen essential community services,” said Councilwoman Patricia Perkins-Auguste.” The City of Elizabeth remains committed to improving public safety efforts and I wish all the recruits much success in their new careers.”

Several new recruits are also bilingual, increasing the ability to interact and communicate with the diverse communities located throughout the municipality.  New recruits include: Sean M. Williams, Jeffrey B. Cruz, Richard A. Hernandez, Dan P. Demenezes, Vasilios Papakostas, Eric S. Gora, Luciano N. Porto, Marquis L. Terry, Joseph M. Campagna, Lina M. Castro, Herbert Gonzalez, Patrick L. Wirkus, George Tova, Giuliana Alessandri, Michael A. Somma, Patricia N. Mimy, Neptune Ambroise and Lilibet Ramirez.

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 law enforcement operations and increase overall assistance to residents.