SOMERSET, NJ – Township officials introduced an expansion of the criteria for police officers applying for the department’s highest rank. The ordinance, advanced by the council last night, further fleshes out how candidates for promotion to sergeant, lieutenant and captain are ranked.

The new rules expand the criteria for officers wishing to reach captain, the department’s highest-ranking law enforcement officer. Previously, a lieutenant would be eligible to make captain after a minimum of two years serving at that rank. Now the position is open to lieutenants with a minimum of two years experience “and/or a minimum of 10 years of service within the Franklin Township Police Department and a minimum of five years at the rank of sergeant.”

The criteria for promotion to sergeant and lieutenant remain largely unchanged: A minimum of 5 years on patrol in Franklin is needed to become a sergeant and a minimum of two years as sergeant for potential lieutenants. 

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The ordinance also would allow written examination results to be accepted for two years instead of one.  

Following the resignation of former police Chief Richard Grammar and Capt. Gregory Borlan, the council got rid of the chief of police and deputy chief of police positions in favor of a civilian director of public safety, a position now held by Quovella Spruill.

As part of that restructuring, the department now can have three captains, five lieutenants and 18 sergeants.

Spruill recently led members of the FTPD in reaffirming their oath to the public. 

The changes are up for final passage and adoption at the July 14 council meeting.

READ: Franklin Township Police Department Reaffirms Oath to Serve and Protect

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