ELIZABETH, NJ – The ranks of the Elizabeth Police Department increased by 14 new recruits in at a ceremony in City Hall Council Chambers, January 14.

Two of the additions are former Union County Police Officers, who have already completed their state-mandated training. The remaining twelve will attend the John H. Stamler Police Academy. Several are bilingual, which will serve to improve communication with Elizabeth residents.

New recruits are Michael Cowen, Yilson Herrera, David Padlo, Jaleesa McCray, Jean Mimy, Phillipe Sabater, Christopher Mooney, David Hoary, Matthew Fonseca, Tara Calderon, Antoine Pryor, Jessica Marques, Ryan Trocan and Veronica Garcia. They were introduced by Mayor J. Christian Bollwage; Councilman-At-Large Manny Grova Jr., Councilwoman-At-Large Patricia Perkins Auguste; Councilman Carlos Torres; Councilman Kevin Kiniery; Director James Cosgrove; Chief Patrick Shannon and Deputy Chief John Brennan.

“These fourteen new police officers will assist in improving public safety and reducing crime throughout our City,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “Having these young men and women on our force will continue to provide a greater presence in our neighborhoods, all while creating and establishing more effective partnerships within our community. I wish them the best of luck in the upcoming weeks of training.”