CLARK, NJ – Two Clark Police Officers were promoted during Monday evening’s Town Council Meeting.  Police Officers Joseph Teston and Pedro Oliveira were surrounding by family and friends during the ceremony with Police Chief Pedro Matos and Mayor Sal Bonaccorso.

Bonaccorso welcomed all the attendees and expressed his pride in the reason for the ceremony. “I am proud to do this it’s great to have two fine men in our police department get promoted,” said Bonaccorso.  He continued to say he was glad to see these men he hired grow through the ranks and get to this point.  Bonaccorso then handed the ceremony over to Police Chief Pedro Matos.

Matos began the evening by welcoming fellow members of the law enforcement community from Elizabeth, Newark, Roselle Park and Perth Amboy in attendance for the night’s events.  He then expressed how challenging it has been in the last few years to keep the Clark Police Department fully staffed.   “It’s been a tremendous, monumental effort to try to keep the staffing levels over the last three years at this department due to the retirement rate we have had, “ said Matos.   He indicated that he has hired 17 officers during his tenor and thanked the mayor, Business Administrator and Town Council for their support and understanding this need.

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Matos began the ceremony welcoming Sergeant Joseph Teston and his family to the front of the room as he prepared to share a biography about him.   According to Matos, Teston served in the United States Marine Corp after graduating from Arthur L. Johnson High School. Teston served a tour of duty in Iraq in 2005 and later joined the Clark Police Department as a patrolman in 2008.    He has been awarded numerous commendations during his service and was promoted to sergeant in 2016 and has served as the supervisor of the night shift.  Teston’s promotion to Detective Sergeant now places him in command of the Criminal Investigations Bureau.

Next Matos asked Police Officer Pedro Oliveira and his family to join him at the podium.  Matos shared that Oliveira went to Eastside High School in Newark and then to Kean University before starting his law enforcement career in Newark.  While there Oliveira received 13 Command citations and worked in various units of the department.  He joined the Clark Police Department in 2011 and has received multiple commendations for his work in town. Oliveira will now assume command of the night shift in his new role as Sergeant.

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