RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough Council approved a number of police promotions at Tuesday’s meeting, and swore in one new officer.

Promoted to lieutenant was Craig Monda, who has served for 16 years with the Raritan Borough Police Department. Monda graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy in 1997, and was hired by Raritan in 2001.

Prior to coming to Raritan, Monda started his career with the Hunterdon County Department of Corrections, and then worked in the sheriff’s office. He also served for eight years in the United States Army Reserve, attaining the rank of sergeant.

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Promoted to sergeant was James Raniere, a 12-year veteran of the Raritan Borough Police Department, who graduated from the Monmouth County Police Academy in 2003. Raniere was hired in Raritan in 2005, and, in 2014, was named a detective in the criminal investigation division.

Raniere has earned a number of awards while with the Raritan Borough Police Department, including a CPR Lifesaving Award and the Raritan Police Medal of Honor.

Finally, the council swore in new probationary patrol officer Brian Benites, a 2011 graduate of Point Pleasant Beach High School. Benites has an Associate Science degree from Ocean County College, and graduated from the police academy in 2016.

Benites began his career with the Point Pleasant Police Department, before coming to Raritan.

Raritan Mayor Charles McMullin thanked everyone for their service.

“A policeman is a family man, and has a responsibility beyond that to the borough,” he said. “We should always give respect to our officers.”