FRANKLIN, NJ – Three members of the Franklin Township Police Department (FTPD) will be ceremoniously sworn by the council in during a virtual ceremony planned for Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.

The ceremony will honor Sgt. Sean Hebbon, Lt. Brian Regan, and Lt.  Philip Rizzo, who took their oaths of office on Sept. 28 and became the department's three newest captains.

“I am proud of all three men who have proven they recognize the needs of the department and most importantly our community.  This marks a new era for the Franklin Township Police Department," stated Director Quovella M. Spruill. 

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Captain Sean Hebbon

Captain Sean Hebbon earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and a master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He joined the FTPD in 1997 and attended the Somerset County Police Academy. Following his graduation from the academy, Hebbon was assigned as an officer in the Patrol Division. 

In 2001, Hebbon was promoted to detective and assigned to the investigative division and the FBI’s Innocent Images Task Force to combat child pornography and the exploitation of children. In 2013, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and assigned to the patrol division, serving in this capacity for three years. In 2016, Hebbon was promoted to detective sergeant and oversaw a detective squad and the community relations bureau.  As captain, Hebbon will command the investigative division, which includes adult & juvenile investigations along with the community relations bureau.

According to police officials, Hebbon makes history as the first African-American to be named captain of the Franklin Township Police Department. “This is a historic moment for the Township of Franklin," stated Spruill. "Captain Hebbon’s appointment was earned based upon his experience within the Department and vision for community relations and services to the Franklin Township community.”  

Captain Brian Regan 

Captain Brian Regan is a 20-year member of the department, who earned a bachelor's degree from Ramapo College and a master’s Degree from Seton Hall University. He served in the US Navy and as an officer with the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department before joining the patrol division of the FTPD in 2000. In 2004, Regan was assigned to the investigative division as a detective. In 2012, he was promoted to detective sergeant where he oversaw the juvenile bureau and evidence function of the agency. Regan was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2016 and became the midnight shift commander within the patrol division.  

Over the course of his tenure with the FTPD, Regan has been designated as the officer in charge and patrol commander and, as a senior officer, his experience in patrol, investigations and the military led to the Public Safety Director’s decision to appoint Regan as captain. "

"Captain Regan is fair and possesses the integrity needed to assist in leading the Franklin Township Police Department," stated Spruill. 

Captain Phillip Rizzo

Captain Philip Rizzo is a 23-year veteran of the Franklin Township Police Department who earned a bachelor’s degree from The College of New Jersey and a master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Prior to joining the Franklin Police Department, Rizzo served as an officer with the Seaside Park Police Department. 

Rizzo began his career with the FTPD in 1997 as officer assigned to the patrol division and, in 2001, became a member of the neighborhood police teams and a member of the special investigation's bureau two years later. In 2008, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and oversaw the bureau of community relations. Rizzo served in that capacity until 2016 when was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, serving as day shift commander within the patrol division and later went on to oversee the professional services division. He is currently commander of the professional standards division, which includes internal affairs, administration, accreditation, special permits and records.

“Captain Rizzo demonstrated that he understands the needs of the department and the community. He recognizes the growth potential in all of the great men and women who serve this agency," stated Spruill. 

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