CHATHAM, NJ - Five Chatham Township Police officers were recently selected to receive training grants from the Conrads Police Education Fund.

Chatham Township Patrolmen Mike Sawyer, Anthony Campanelli, Nicholas Giordano, Ronald Anderson and Connor Manning were awarded grants for specific police training programs approved by Chatham Township Police Chief Thomas Miller and the Conrads fund board of directors.

The Conrads fund was established in 1986 by citizens of Chatham Township in honor of former Police Chief George D. Conrads. The purpose of the fund is to assist Chatham Township police officers who wish to further improve their performance through specialized training beyond that provided by the department directly. The fund provides financial support to offset some or all of the cost for these specialized training programs. It is not affiliated with the local PBA.

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“The Conrads fund has consistently helped with CTPD training for many years and has operated quietly in town since 1986," Mark Devlin, Conrads board member, said. "The police department provides very good training for its officers as part of its annual budget. The Conrads fund provides additional support each year for that training to be supplemented in valuable areas. We consistently get more applications than we are able to fund so this year we are asking the community to help with financial support.

“We received 13 applications this fall and approved 5 awards. We would certainly like to be able to fund more applications and further assist Chief Miller in providing training programs to benefit the officers and township as a whole.”

The fund is directed by a 3-person board of township residents and the current Chief of Police. The Conrads fund is administered by the Community Foundation of New Jersey (CFNJ), a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization that helps local philanthropic organizations make positive change in their communities. Tax-deductible donations can be made using the link below