BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township swore in a new officer to the department at its Jan. 6 township council meeting.

South Amboy resident Kyle Ball was sworn in by Mayor Matthew Moench.

“It is an honor for me to stand up here and welcome Kyle Ball to this great agency,” Acting Police Chief Paul Payne said.

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Ball graduated in 2014 from Brookdale Community College, with an associate’s degree in criminal justice. In 2018, he graduated with honors from New Jersey City University, with a bachelor’s degree in national security studies and a minor in fire science.

After graduating, Ball enlisted in the United States Army National Guard, where he received training, and graduated from the Military Police Academy in Missouri.

Before he was sworn in, Payne said he wanted to pass on a few words about the profession.

“First and foremost, you will have my full support, and the supervisors and fellow officers’ support in your career,” he said. “We will give you the education and tools to succeed. It is your goal to take those skills and build your career to succeed here.”

As an officer, Payne said, the township’s newest recruit will be faced with many challenges.

“And we are counting on you to remain professional and remember why you took this line of work,” he said. “We are here to serve the community, who will always be our number one priority.”

Moench thanked Ball for joining the township department.

“I don’t think there is anything I will do as important as this, swearing in an officer who will keep my kids safe,” he said. “I am indebted to you for what you do for our community.”