CRANFORD - 16-year veteran of the Cranford Police Department, Spencer Durkin, was advanced to the rank of Sergeant at the September 22 Township Committee Meeting. 

Durkin attended the 91st class of the John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains as an Alternate Route candidate prior to being hired as a Patrolman by the Cranford Police Department in 2005. According to Cranford Police Chief Ryan Greco, Durkin distinguished himself during the course of his patrol career, which led to him being assigned to the Investigative Division in 2014. 

Durkin serves on the Cranford Police Department Special Operations Team, is the Department's Intelligence Liaison Officer, Humane Law Enforcement Officer, Alcohol Beverage Control Officer, and Field Supervisor for the Union County Prosecutor's Office's "Operation Helping Hand."

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Greco also noted numerous commendations and awards Durkin has received throughout his career, which include having been recognized by the Newark Police Department for the apprehension of a homicide suspect, the Grandview Heights Ohio Police Department for the arrest of a bank robbery suspect, and the Somerset County Prosecutors Office for the investigation and arrest of a serial burglary suspect. 

"Sergeant Durkin is a respected, dedicated, and loyal member of not only the Cranford Police Department, but well respected by his local, county, and state peers," added Chief Greco.