ELIZABETH, NJ- The City of Elizabeth increased the ranks at the police department when they swore in eighteen new Police Officers at a ceremony in City Hall Council Chambers on Thursday morning. 

The new recruits were welcomed by Mayor J. Christian Bollwage; Councilwoman-At-Large Patricia Perkins-Auguste; Councilman Carlos Torres; Councilman Kevin Kiniery; Councilman William Gallman, Jr.; Assemblywoman Annette Quijano; Assemblyman Jamel Holley; Director James Cosgrove; Chief John Brennan and Deputy Chief Alexander Sofianokos. All eighteen recruits will attend the John H. Stamler Police Academy. 

“Providing safety and security throughout our community remains a priority,” said Mayor Bollwage. “Hiring exceptional individuals, who are dedicated to serving and protecting the people of our City, enables law enforcement efforts to be enhanced, initiatives to be expanded and an improved quality of life to be achieved for all." 

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Several new recruits are also bilingual, increasing the ability to interact and communicate with the diverse communities located throughout the municipality. 

New recruits include: Manuel A. Rodriguez, Aaron A. Molina, Kevin L. Hankins, John M. Palmisano, Jaqueline M. Saturnino, Lenner Obando, Cody S. Dalziel, Dylan M. Luiz, Jonathan Martinez, Ana M. Lazo, Victor J. Valdez, Cristhian D. Rennella, Gabriel F. Scholis-Fernandez, Samaad I. Bethea, Jamie A. Troya, Michael D. Capetola, Andrew Roman and Gabriel N. Ocasio. 

“I would like to welcome each recruit to our Police Department, which is very well equipped and very well trained,” said James Cosgrove, Police Director. “You are here today to start a career, this is not just a job, but a tough career where you will dedicate nights, weekends and holidays. I hope you will find fulfillment in your new positions and I hope to see all of you back here in a few months, ready to implement the valuable lessons learned in training.” 

The City of Elizabeth is the fourth largest municipality in the State with a population of 124,969.

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