SOMERSET, NJ - Led by its newly appointed leader, Public Safety Director Quovella M. Spruill, members from the Franklin Township Department recited the Police Officers Oath to reaffirm their commitment to the community Tuesday afternoon at the Township of Franklin Public Safety building.
“Our officers are here today as a reminder to why we stood that very first day and held our hand up," Spruill said. “To protect our community, to defend those that cannot defend themselves, and last but not least, provide infinite service when called upon. The members of the Franklin Township Police Department take this responsibility seriously.”
The oath reads as follows:
“On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character or the public trust," members of the department recited after Spruill. "I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the Constitution, my community, and the agency I serve.”
The ceremony took place in front of leaders from the faith-based community, elected officials, and township administrators. Councilwoman At-Large Crystal Pruitt, Councilman At-Large Sivaraman Anbarasan, Councilman Theodore Chase, and Township Manager Bob Vornlocker were among those in attendance.
Spruill said the idea to have an event with the community came from FTPD Lt. Maurice Guglielmo, and other command staff members. The ceremony had to be narrowed down to the faith-based community leaders due to Gov. Phil Murphy's executive order restricting gatherings. Spruill hopes the day will serve as a reminder of why men and women choose the profession of policing.
“I think all cops during this time need to be reminded of the reason why they took this job in the first place,” Spruill said. “It wasn't for money, it wasn't for esteem, it wasn't for power, it was to serve the community.”
Spruill said this is also the first time that this many members of the department have been together since the pandemic started, and that this ceremony was part of some in-house training officers will be going through.
Many of the faith-based leaders in attendance provided their insights regarding the interaction of themselves and their parishioners with members of the FTPD.
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