BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Police Department will begin 2015 with two new police officers. Ptl. Christopher Affinito and Ptl. Donald Maxwell were sworn in by Mayor Robert Woodruff on Thursday, Jan. 1.
Chief of Police John DiPasquale recommended Affinito and Maxwell to be accepted into the Berkeley Heights Police Department. "The two officers are deserving of the position and are a good fit for the police department and for the community of Berkeley Heights," said Chief DiPasquale.
DiPasquale spoke to the officers and their families -- talking of the many family sacrifices they will make as police officers and "despite these sacrifices you make, as we have seen from recent events, not everyone will support what you do and the actions you take as you do your job."
"However, you must rise above this and remember that if you remain professional, uphold the oath that you took today and you stay true to the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics, most people will support and appreciate what you do," said DiPasquale. "Take comfort that we, here in the Berkeley Heights Police Department, not only receive the support of our governing body, we also receive the support of the community as a whole."
"Law enforcement is a rewarding career and I know that both of you will be great Berkeley Heights police officers," said DiPasquale.
Donald Maxwell grew up in Berkeley Heights and lives locally with his wife Ashley. He graduated from Gov. Livingston High School in 2005, where he played varsity football, basketball and baseball. He went on to Moravian College where he played football and earned his bachelor's degree in sociology with a concentration in law and society in 2009.
Maxwell has been active in community service since high school. Locally, he has been a camp councilor at the Berkeley Heights Youth Baseball School and worked as an assistant football coach at Gov. Livingston. In addition, he worked as an assistant manger at his family owned furniture restoration company.
Maxwell's law enforcement experience includes an internship at the Northampton County Prison in Easton, PA. After graduating from the John H Stamler Police Academy in December 2013, he worked as a Sheriffs' Officer at the Union County Sheriffs' Office.
Christopher Affinito graduated East Brunswick High School and went on to study at Seton Hall University. While at Seton Hall, Affinito played varsity baseball, graduating in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in communications.
Affinito played professional baseball with the Oakland A's in the minor league program. He was voted "top prospect" in the organization and was team captain in 2011.
He mentored young players both on and off the field by coaching young players in the A's organization. He supported local charities by speaking at public engagements for the Boys and Girls Club and Autism Awareness.
Affinito served as a Class Two Special Police Officer for the Jamesburg Police Department after graduating the Monmouth County Police Academy in December 2013.