FREEHOLD, NJ — Twenty-two members of the Belmar Police Department have graduated from the Monmouth County Police Academy, including 20 class II special law enforcement officers, in time for the summer season.

The Belmar contingent was the largest of any Monmouth County law enforcement entity represented in the 90-member graduating class. These newly sworn police officers and law enforcement officers received their police training commission certifications from the academy during a May 24 ceremony at Neptune High School’s Performing Arts Center.

“By successfully completing this training, these fine men and women have demonstrated their commitment to law enforcement,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “That is a great privilege, since there is no higher responsibility than maintaining public safety. I’m proud of their accomplishments and commend all for a job well done.”

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From Belmar, these officers were among 24 completing the academy’s 92nd Basic Course for Police Officers were:

  • Joseph Clayton
  • Nichole Hawkins

These 20 Belmar officers were among 46 graduating from the academy’s 44th Basic Course for Class II Special Law Enforcement Officers:

  • Thomas Bowden
  • Andrew Caferra 
  • Ryan Calabro  
  • Zachary Campbell 
  • Edward DeWeese
  • Lorenzo Felix 
  • James Groome  
  • Patrick Hoben 
  • Hayden Hrymack. 
  • Kathleen Logel  
  • Kevin Marron  
  • Michael Maseda
  • Patrick McGill 
  • Michael Moeller  
  • Kyle Pelech 
  • Dane Richards 
  • Christopher Roeck 
  • Joshua Satterfield 
  • Ryan Stapleton  
  • Melissa Wines

In anticipation of the influx of people that will visit Belmar and Lake Como this summer, these academy graduates boosts Belmar’s complement of special police officers to 33.

During the academy’s graduation ceremony, three Belmar recruits also earned special recognition: Joseph Clayton and Edward DeWeese were recipients of Marksmanship Awards, and Ryan Calabro captured a Traffic Officers Association Award.

Additionally, Belmar Police Captain Tina Scott joined Police Academy Director Darryl Breckenridge, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni and Spring Lake Police Chief Edward Kerr in presenting the officers with their certificates.

The Basic Course for Police Officers is a 20-week program with 780 hours of training run through the Monmouth County Police Academy. The Basic Course for Class II Special Law Enforcement Officers is a three-month program and consists of approximately 600 hours of training with full police powers while on duty.

“Through their strong commitment and hard work, we can be sure that these graduates will serve our residents and communities well as they begin successful careers in law enforcement,” Gramiccioni said.



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