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.
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."