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Franklin Township: Oaths of Office And Police Promotions At This Week's Council Meeting

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Chief of Police Lawrence W. Roberts Credits: Malik A. Lyons
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Lieutenant Philip Rizzo Credits: Malik A. Lyons
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Lieutenant Brian Regan Credits: Malik A. Lyons
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Sergeant Daniel McNamara Credits: Malik A. Lyons
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Sergeant Lloyd Fredericks Credits: Malik A. Lyons
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Sergeant Damian Rostek Credits: Malik A. Lyons
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Officer Matthew Ellery Credits: Malik A. Lyons
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Officer Andre Tirado Credits: Malik A. Lyons
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Officer Matthew Russo Credits: Malik A. Lyons
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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - The municipal building was packed Tuesday night with family, friends, and members of the community to witness eight members of Franklin Township's Police department take their oaths of office. 

Five officers were promoted and three were new hires. Township Clerk Ann Marie McCarthy swore in the officers.

"I would like to thank all of the officers that came out tonight," Chief of Police Lawrence W. Roberts said. "We are a very close-knit department and we are proud of the department, we win awards every year. 

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"Every year we come up for accreditation, we get our accreditation. We are very diverse, we take pride in the diversity of the promotions that we make and the officers we hire. And I'd like to thank the governing body because I know it is a tough budget, its been tough. But they gave us the go-ahead to promote and hire."

All of the new hires came to Franklin Township PTC certified which means they have already gone through the police academy. "Taxpayers don't have to pay to send people to training," Roberts said.

"Just to be clear the size of the police force hasn't changed," Mayor Philp Kramer said. "These are people who are filling retirements. I want to thank the chief and the rest of the leadership for these great hires and promotions. The finest police force in the state of New Jersey." 

The following officers were promoted:

  • Lieutenant Philip Rizzo - 20+ year veteran of the Franklin Township Police Department  
    • Promoted to Lt. and will serve as day shift commander
    • Will also continue to serve as department's public information officer (PIO)
    • Holds Maters Degree from Farleigh Dickenson 
  • Lieutenant Brian Regan - 17 year veteran of the Franklin Township Police Department
    • Promoted to Lt. and will command the midnight shift
    • Veteran from the United States Navy
    • Holds Masters from Seton Hall University 
  • Sergeant Daniel McNamara - 24 year veteran of the Franklin Township Police Department
    • Promoted to Sgt. and will supervise afternoon shift
    • Came out of patrol division 
    • Holds degree from Rutgers University
  •  Sergeant Lloyd Fredericks - 12 year veteran of the Franklin Township Police Department
    • Promoted to Sgt. and will work midnight shift (Served with East Orange PD)
    • Worked with students from Franklin Middle School 
    • Holds Masters from Seton Hall
  • Sergeant Damian Rostek - 12 year veteran of the Franklin Township Police Department
    • Promoted to Sgt. and will work afternoon shift (Served with Maplewood PD)
    • Was detective with juvenile 
    • Holds masters degree

The follow officers are new hires:

  • Officer Matthew Ellery
    • Graduate of Cape May County Police Academy will work day shift
  • Officer Andre Tirado
    • Graduate of Ocean County Police Academy will work afternoon shift 
  • Officer Matthew Russo
    • Graduate of Cape May County Police Academy will work afternoon shift

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