MIDDLETOWN, NJ — Eight special officers of the Belmar Police Department recently graduated from the Monmouth County Police Academy.

Joining the borough’s police department as Class II officers are:

■  Sabrina Capriotti  ■  Paul Hallock, who also earned the graduating class’s Merit Award  ■  Deseree Johnson  ■  Cadell Kennedy  ■  Michael Mowder  ■  Thomas O’Horo  ■  Nicholas Schneider  ■  Brooke Tartis

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They were among 61 graduates of the 47th Basic Course for Class II Special Law Enforcement Officers recently sworn in during the academy’s May 22 graduation ceremony, held at Brookdale Community College in Middletown’s Lincroft section.

The Belmar officers completed a three-month program that consisted of approximately 600 hours of training giving them full police powers while on duty.

A total of 93 law enforcement and correction officers received their police training commission certifications during the ceremony, In addition to the 67 class II graduates of both the 46th and 47th  Class II courses, there were 17 recruits who completed the 96th Basic Course for Police Officers and another nine who became certified from the 38th Basic Course for County Corrections Officers.

“By successfully completing this training, these fine men and women have demonstrated their commitment to law enforcement and corrections,” said Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden, whose office runs the police academy “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.”

The training involved courses in patrol concepts, defensive driving, professional development, weaponry and unarmed defense, criminal investigation, ethics, emergency medical care and physical training, among a host of others.

Due to the large influx of people who visit Belmar and Lake Como during this time of year, the Belmar Police Department’s contingent of about 60 part-time special officers supports its 20-member full-time force that serves both municipalities.

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