RARITAN, NJ - One Raritan Borough Police officer was promoted to captain and another was sworn in as a new officer at Raritan Borough Council’s Jan. 23 meeting.

David Malina was promoted to captain, having been hired to the department in December 1995. He was promoted to sergeant in 2009 and lieutenant in 2015.

As a lieutenant, Malina served as the patrol division commander.

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Malina, who began his law enforcement career with the Conrail Police Department in November 1991 and served as a K9 handler, has extensive advanced training in accident reconstruction. He also served as a member of the Somerset County Collision Analysis Team from 2011 to 2015.

Malina is currently the administrative division commander, which includes the detective bureau.

Timothy DeBerry, a 2010 graduate of Blair Academy, was sworn in as officer with the police department.

DeBerry received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University in 2015, and is currently pursuing a masters in criminal justice degree from the University of Cincinnati. In April 2017, DeBerry graduated from the Essex County College Public Safety Academy with a special law enforcement officer class II police training certificate.

Since graduating from the police academy, DeBerry has served as a volunteer deputy with the Essex County Sheriff’s Office.

As a probationary police officer, DeBerry will be assigned to a field training officer while he goes through Raritan Police Department Field Training Program. After that, DeBerry will be assigned to a patrol squad, and will also attend a police academy as a waiver trainee.

That additional training is requested for officers with a class II police training certificate, in order to obtain a basic course for police officers certification.

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