BAYONNE, NJ - City officials welcomed seven new police officers and celebrated the promotion of 18 members of the Bayonne Police Department during a city hall ceremony on February 6.

The promoted officers include five new captains, six new lieutenants, and seven new sergeants.  The new officers were hired and existing officers were promoted, due to retirements in the Police Department.

Mayor Jimmy Davis was among the dignitaries who spoke at the event. A retired police captain, Davis told the new officer that having a police career is “something you must cherish” before congratulating all that would be taking oaths, as well at their families.

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“You have joined one of the finest police departments around,” City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski told the new officers, before yiedling the microphone to Public Safety Director Robert Kubert who expressed his pride in the newly promoted officer whom he “watched develop.” 

“This is who you want to be,” Kubert told the new officers pointing to those being promoted. “Try and follow them.”  

Calling policing “the best job in the world” Chief Robert Geisler let the new police officer know that they would now be “held to a higher standard.” 

“Treat others as you would want to be treated,” he advised.  

The new police officers are Andrea Urbanski, Modesto Ramirez, Esperanza Penaranda. Michael Troglio, Sameh Hanna, Victor Munoz, and Isaias Mercado.   

The new captains are James Donovan, Carlos Betancourth, Joseph Spiers, Eric Amato, and Timothy Wilgus.

The new lieutenants are Tomasz Malinowski, Christopher Foster, Andrew Quinn, Lauren Brattole, Thomas Hojnacki, and Kevin Lapinski,

The new sergeants are Anthony Larwa, Joseph Kowalski, Doaa Salama, Charles Nadrowski, Kenneth Maak, Matthew May, and Matthew McGillis.