CRANFORD - Detective Derek Farbanec is now Sergeant Derek Farbanec. 

Due to COVID-19, the Cranford Police Department held a socially-distant promotion ceremony earlier in the month, which was limited to Farbanec's family, co-workers, and Township officials.

Sergeant Farbanec began his career with the Cranford Police Department in 1994 as a Communications Officer, prior to being hired as a full-time patrolman in 1996. He is a certified Field Training Officer, Emergency Medical Technician, a member of the departmental Honor Guard, and past member of the Water Rescue Team.

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According to Chief Ryan Greco, Sergeant Farbanec has been the standard in which all other patrolman are measured. He responded directly to Ground Zero shortly after 9/11 and is the recipient of numerous departmental citations for service above and beyond in the line duty.

"A multi-faceted police officer, Derek has the calming voice to deal with an emotional victim and yet a steady presence during times of chaos," said Chief Greco. "In 2014, Derek was assigned as a detective in the investigative division where he continued to build upon an already solid foundation. A meticulous and methodical investigator, Derek never left any stone unturned in order to close cases. He treated every investigation the same, whether it was a stolen trailer, credit card case, or a violent armed robbery, Derek refused to stop until there is absolutely no more investigative leads to follow-up. This tenacity, passion, and commitment will only help to shape and mold our youthful patrol division in carrying on the legacy and tradition of the Cranford Police Department."