Police & Fire

Clark Recognizes Police Promotions and Achievements in Annual Awards Presentation

Clark Police Detective Danny Joy receives his rank badge at Monday evening's township council meeting. Credits: Susan R. Bonnell
Detective Sergeant Christian Lott takes the oath of office. He will take command of the traffic division. Credits: Susan R. Bonnell
Sergeant Ricardo Oliveira will assume a shift commander position with the patrol division. Credits: Susan R. Bonnell
Clark police officer Bruce McDonald, here with his son, and officer Matthew Mulroy (not pictured) apprehended a DUI suspect. Credits: Susan R. Bonnell
Clark patrol officers Michael Ciaccio and Ronald Taborda received a lifesaving commendation. Credits: Susan R. Bonnell
Police officers Sergio D’Andrea and Michael Hernandez apprehended a suspect in a stolen vehicle following a hit and run accident. Credits: Susan R. Bonnell
Lt. Daniel Pitts and Sgt. Oliveira were presented with the Lifesaving Award for working as a team to administer CPR and using an AED during a resident's cardiac incident. Credits: Susan R. Bonnell
Cpt. Patrick Grady, Lt. Antonio Manata, PO Tom Gucwa and PO Omer Olmeida (not pictured) stopped a burglary in progress. Credits: Susan R. Bonnell
Captain Patrick Grady was presented with a Combat Cross for his actions in response to a man wielding a large knife. Credits: Susan R. Bonnell
Patrolman Tom Gucwa received a Distinguished Service Medal for his actions in the knife incident in Sept., 2016. Credits: Susan R. Bonnell
Clark Chief of Police Pedro Matos Credits: Susan R. Bonnell

CLARK, NJ – The Clark Police Department promoted three officers and recognized others for outstanding service during its annual Police Awards held Monday night during the township council meeting.

Clark Police Chief Pedro Matos congratulated those receiving promotions saying, “I know how hard it [promotion process] is. And I also know how much dedication it takes to get to where you are.”

Sergeant Christian Lott – promoted to Detective Sergeant

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Originally a teacher in Livingston, Lott came to the CPD in January 2009.  He has previously received a Platoon Award, Lifesaving Award, and Distinguished Service Award.  His dedication to enforcing DWI was been recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving annually from 2010 through 2015.  Lott will be taking command of the Traffic Bureau.

Patrolman Ricardo Oliveira – promoted to Sergeant

Oliveira comes from a law enforcement family, with one brother in the CPD and another brother serving in Newark.  He previously served for the Newark Police Department and the Linden Police Department before joining CPD in September 2012.  He has been recognized with four Lifesaving Awards and an Honorable Service Award.  Oliveira is taking on the role of shift supervisor within the Patrol Division.

Patrolman Daniel Joy – promoted to Detective

Joy served in the United States Marine Corps from 1999 through 2003.  He has served with the CPD since July 2008.  He has worked as a task force officer with the Union County Homicide Task Force since October 2015.  He has previously received 2 Lifesaving Awards, a Platoon Award, and two Distinguished Service Awards.  Joy will be working in the Investigative Bureau.

“To all the officers who were recognized with awards tonight, thank you for your dedication throughout the last year to not just Clark, but to our State,” said Matos.

Police officers Michael Ciaccio and Ronald Taborda were recognized with a written commendation for saving a 27-year-old from an opiate overdose at the Holiday Inn by administering Narcan, CPR and using an AED defibrillator.  (December 30, 2016)

Lieutenant Daniel Pitts and Sergeant Oliveira were presented with the Lifesaving Award for working as a team to administer CPR and using an AED defibrillator to save the life of a 52-year-old man who was in cardiac arrest. (June 14, 2016)

Police officers Sergio D’Andrea and Michael Hernandez were recognized for their pursuit and ultimate apprehension of a stolen motor vehicle suspect who was involved in a hit and run incident. (October 14, 2016)

Police officers Bruce McDonald and Matthew Mulroy (currently serving as a United States Marine in Morocco) were recognized with the Distinguished Service Award for jumping into chest high water to apprehend a DUI suspect.  (July 30, 2016)

Captain Patrick Grady, Lieutenant Antonio Manata, Patrolman Tom Gucwa and Patrolman Omer Olmeida were recognized for their actions in responding to a residential burglary in progress.  The officers took the suspect into custody after a lengthy fight. (February 25, 2016). See: Plainfield 'Prophet' and 'Seer' Arrested in Clark Burglary

Captain Patrick Grady was recognized for his action during a routine neighbor patrol.  He noticed a ladder that a resident had been using was no longer up against the home.  When he went to investigate, he found the resident on the ground with a severe head injury. (March 31, 2016)

Captain Patrick Grady (presented with a Combat Cross) and Patrolman Tom Gucwa (presented with a Distinguished Service Medal) were recognized for their involvement in the arrest of a man wielding a large knife.  The suspect attacked fellow resident with the weapon and then threatened the officers with it as well.  (September 20, 2016)

“I want you all to know that I think about you guys every night when you guys are out there,” Matos said to the officers in attendance.  “I want nothing more than for each and every one of you to look out for each other and come home safe.”

“Keep up the good work,” said Mayor Sal Bonaccorso.  “The people really, really love and respect you guys for the work you do here.”


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