CRANFORD - A little over a week ago, Troy Kettler was appointed as a Probationary Patrol Officer within the Cranford Police Department. On that same day, Patrolman Brian Lopez, Sergeant Frank Williams, and Traffic Mechanic Charles Fette were awarded Police Department Service Awards for 25 years of service. 

All three are set to retire, and Police Chief Ryan Greco spoke on how they were a part of the shift in the hiring process 25 years ago. 

"25 years ago, law enforcement started shifting our hiring processes, and we began seeing many officers coming from four-year college institutions," said Greco. "Today, our officers serve as counselors and handle mental health calls, family-in-crisis scenarios, and most significantly, substance abuse disorder cases. We often deal with people at their worst. Although we have much to celebrate in Cranford, we are the ones called when things aren't going right, and are expected to bring solutions to crisis."

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"Each of these individuals have dedicated a majority of their life to the Township of Cranford and have been away from their families for gradations, birthdays, and holidays," added Greco. "Whether it's performing CPR, arresting an armed suspect, or responding at a late hour to replace a stop sign, these individuals are part of a team that gets the job done daily."

Though his time with the Cranford Police Department is coming to an end, Patrolman Lopez still plans to be involved in the criminal justice field. 

"I plan on doing some consulting work in law enforcement and labor law," said Lopez. "But first, of course I'll be spending more time with my wife, Susie."