BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Police Department celebrated the retirements of Lt. Kevin Ricci and Sgt. Scott Hobbs at a special walk-out ceremony.
"We gather to say goodbye to two members of our Bridgewater family," police chief Al Nicaretta said. "Lt. Kevin Ricci and Sgt. Scott Hobbs will both be retiring with over 25 years of dedicated and outstanding service to the residents of Bridgewater Township."
Ricci started in the patrol division as a patrol officer, and then worked as an identification officer in the Criminal Investigation Bureau. He was promoted to sergeant in September 2009, and lieutenant in September 2015.
Ricci then assumed supervisory control of the Records Bureau.
Hobbs started in the patrol division, and then transferred to the Youth Service Bureau, working for 10 years as a school resource officer. At that time, Scott was instrumental in the implementation of the Every 15 Minutes program.
In September 2013, Hobbs was promoted to sergeant, and commanded a patrol squad. He has also been active in helping to run the Police Unity Tour, and is a member of the board of directors.
"It was 25 years ago when you both took an oath of office and were officially sworn in as police officers," Nicaretta said. "In that oath, you swore that you wouldn't betray your badge, your integrity, your character or the public trust, and that you would always uphold the Constitution, protect our community and work hard for the agency that you serve."
"You both accomplished this with honor, dignity and pride, and I commend you both for that," he added.
Both Ricci and Hobbs received plaques and badges commemorating their service to the township as members of the police department.
The department then held a walk-out ceremony, where police officers stood in rows outside the department, and saluted their former comrades as Ricci and Hobbs individually walked through the row and out of the department for the last time.