BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Berkeley Heights Police Department has added three new probationary patrolmen to its ranks. Michael Klimek, Timothy Neri, and Victor Pozsony, Jr. were all sworn in during the Township Council meeting Tuesday night.
“Tonight, I have the opportunity to bring forth three of our newest police officers and introduce them to the community,” said Chief of Police John DiPasquale. DiPasquale introduced and spoke about all three new patrolmen during the meeting, before Mayor Angie Devanney administered the oath of office.
Victor Pozsony, Jr. of Roselle Park was sworn in first. Pozsony began as a patrolman with the department in May. He previously worked as a dispatcher and auxiliary police officer in Roselle Park and a patrolman in Linden, DiPasquale said, and he graduated from the Stamler Police Academy in 2018.
“We have the pleasure of having him with us,” DiPasquale said. “He’s an amateur mma fighter and amateur boxer, which translate well to defensive tactics in our business. […] In the short time he’s been with us, we’ve already utilized him and his skillsets.”
DiPasquale said Pozsony has been providing assistance in the development of the department’s personal defense course.
Next to be sworn in was Berkeley Heights resident Timothy Neri. After high school, Neri enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as a squad leader, where he supervised over 15 marines during deployments to Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012, DiPasquale said.
Following his service, Neri graduated Morris County Police Academy in 2016 and since has worked for the Morris Township Police Department, where he received a life-saving award. He is one of 11 siblings, two of whom also served in the Marine Corps.
“This is a real, real pleasure and privilege for me,” DiPasquale said. “Tim grew up here in Berkeley heights, [he’s been] a lifelong resident.”
The final new patrolman to be sworn in, Cranford resident Michael Klimek, graduated from the Stamler Police Academy in 2019, DiPasquale said. Prior to this, he worked with the Union County Sheriff’s Office beginning in 2018. He graduated from Montclair State University in 2017 with a BA in Justice Studies, and he became a dispatcher for the Carteret Police Department following graduation.
In his spare time, Klimek is a volunteer football coach at Cranford High School. DiPasquale says Klimek’s volunteerism is a huge plus.
“One of the things that’s important to us, is a lot of volunteerism,” DiPasquale said. “Many of our officers actually are volunteer coaches within our community.”
The new patrolmen replace two officers who retired after 25 years of service, as well as one officer who transferred to a different police department, DiPasquale said.