BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. - Tuesday night, Aug. 23, the township Police Department gained a captain and a new patrolman.
The new captain is Robert Dietch, the new patrolman is Thomas Marsh, Jr. They were introduced to officials and the public by Police Chief John Dipasquale and sworn in by Mayor Robert Woodruff.
FIrst to be sworn in was Marshall, a 2004 graduate of Manville High School. Marshall received an associates degree in Law Enforcement from Raritan Valley Community College in 2007. He joined the Bridgewater Police Department as a police dispatcher in 2008 and graduated from the John H. Stamler Police Academy in 2013. He then served as a patrolman in Bridgewater, until he was hired by Berkeley Heights.
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He serves as a member of two fire departments as a volunteer: the Finderne Volunteer Fire Department, which he first joined in 2004, and, theEast Franklin Fire Department, beginning in October 2012.
He has been a member of the Bridgewater Township Office of Emergency Management since 2012. In March of 2014, he became a volunteer with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program.
Dietch has been associated with the Berkeley Heights Police Department for more than 20 years. He was a police dispatcher from 1995 to 1996 and, after graduating from the John H. Stamler Academy in June 1996, was hired as a patrolman.
In 2001, after five years on the job, Dietch was promoted to Sergeant. Chief Dipasquale said this was the fastest anyone had been promoted in the department's history. That same year, Dietch was named Field Supervisor – Essex/Union Auto Theft Task Force. In 2011, he served as traffic sergeant. In 2014, he was promoted to Lieutenant of the Patrol Division. During his time with the department he has earned more than 30 service awards and letters of commendation.