RARITAN TWP., NJ – The police were out in force at last night’s Township Committee meeting, but it wasn’t because of any disturbance.

Instead, the Committee and police staff honored officers for their decades of service; recognized another upon retirement; and swore in three new officers.

The new officers are part-time Class III Special Officers. They are retired police who will be stationed in local schools.

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Recognized for length of service were Sgts. David Carson and Robert Landolina, who have each served 20 years with the department.

Sgt. Matthew Lawrence was recognized upon his retirement. Committee also approved paying him $40,490 for more than 52 days of accumulated overtime.

The newly sworn Class III officers were Harry E. Hults, Jr., Joyce P. Hanshaw and Michael P. Fitzpatrick.

The Class III officers will be paid $30 an hour, but not to exceed 1,500 hours per year. Although they will be stationed in the local schools, they are officially employees of the Township Police Department. Although they’ll be paid by the township, it will receive reimbursement from the local school districts under agreements previously approved.