FAIR LAWN, NJ - The borough hired two new police officers, both home grown.
Police Officer Brandon Loaiza, 24, is a Fair Lawn High School graduate who served six years with the Army National Guard and was hired by the Kean University Police Department in 2018. Loaiza will be assigned to field training in the patrol division, according to police administration. The hiring of Loaiza brings the full-time police roster to 60 officers.
At the completion of field training, according to the most recent contract for Fair Lawn Police, which expired at the end of 2018, an officer makes $54,032 annually.
Class 1 Special Police Officer Nicholas Held, 20, is a Fair Lawn High School graduate, as well. He was a member of the Fair Lawn Police Explorer Program in 2015 and is currently serving as a volunteer firefighter with the Fair Lawn Fire Department. Held is entering his junior year at Ramapo College and will be attending the Class 1 Special Police Class at the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Center in Mahwah in September.
The Fair Lawn Police Department Class I Special Police Officers are tasked with providing support to the police department through courtroom security, special event security and crowd control, plus weather related emergencies, according to the department website.
Sgt. Brian Metzler is in charge of the Class 1's, and with this hiring, the Class 1 Special Police roster is at 10 officers.