EDISON, NJ – The township hired three new police recruits and four paid firefighters Wednesday as part of its continuing effort to strengthen public safety in the state’s fifth largest municipality, officials said in a press release.

“Today’s new hires demonstrate my administration’s ongoing commitment to ensuring public safety,” Mayor Thomas Lankey said in the release. “We work diligently to find and hire the most qualified recruits for openings in our police and fire departments, and we require them to maintain a high standard of professionalism in service to our town.”

The three new patrolmen are filling vacancies caused by attrition and return the police department’s compliment of uniformed officers to 184, while the four new firefighters will increase the Fire Department’s compliment to 140 paid personnel, the release said.

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The fire department hired Steven Jerome, Thomas Kenny, Christopher Taylor and Thomas Abraham, said Fire Chief Brian Latham.

Police hired Zachary Dlabik, a graduate of Union Catholic High School and the College of New Jersey; Christopher Pitoscia, a graduate of St. Joseph’s High School in Metuchen and Montclair State University; and Alan M. Sciarrillo, also a graduate of St. Joseph’s and Centenary University in Hackettstown, the release said.

The new police recruits will receive basic police training at the John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains from July 14–Dec. 14, according to the release.

“It is vital to the safety of all Edison residents for our police department to maintain its current manpower levels so we can continue to provide a high degree of professional service to our community,” said Police Chief Thomas Bryan.