WEST WINDSOR, NJ —  Forty-two cadets who made up the 21st basic class of police officers took part in Thursday’s Mercer County Police Academy commencement before several hundred friends and family in the gymnasium at Mercer County Community College (MCCC).

From this class, one cadet, Paul Piromalli (Hamilton) will join the Hamilton Police Department;  one cadet, Alllison Ricci (Helmetta) will join the Robbinsville Police Department; and four cadets Daniel Greiss (Hamilton), Tavaris Kelly (Trenton), Joseph Lucherini (Hamilton); and Richard McLaughlin (Hamilton), will become members of the Mercer County Sheriff's Office. 

The graduates endured 21 weeks of training at the academy in all aspects of law enforcement and will now serve in police agencies within Mercer County and elsewhere  The academy, which was created in October 2006, is located on the grounds of MCCC.

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During training, the class studied in disciplines such as use of force, firearms, vehicle pursuit, hostage negotiation, advanced crime scene processing and domestic violence prevention, among others.  The Mercer Police Academy consists of two classrooms specially designed for the needs of law enforcement training, and recruits use MCCC grounds, its library and its gymnasium for training purposes. The campus includes a padded training room that is used for “defensive tactics” classes. A shooting range in Hopewell Township operated by the prosecutor’s office is part of the academy as well.

The other cadets, several of who live in Hamilton or Robbinsville, will be joining other police forces in New Jersey.   Those hires include: 

Bridgewater Township Police Department: John McDonough, South Plainfield
Burlington City Police Department: Jordan Gorleski and Najah Pruden, both of Burlington City 
Ewing Township Police Department: David Hartmann, Shane Miller and Thomas Piraino, all of Ewing
Lawrence Township Police Department: Charles Morreale, Lawrence
Linden Police Department: William Ingram and Juan Smith, both of Linden
Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office: Omad Azam, Edison; Christopher Cimilluca, Colonia; Joseph Diaz, Old Bridge; Joe Fina, Piscataway; Lauren Gregory, Somerset; Sherman Harris, Edison; Janaysia James, Perth Amboy; Kyle O’Connor, Laurence Harbor; Brian Presti, Woodbridge; Desiree Reid, Old Bridge; and Raymond Smith, North Brunswick
Princeton Police Department: Erin Cipolloni, Hamilton; Dante Focarelli, Robbinsville; David Garcia, Edison; Terry King, Hamilton; Rebecca Nelson, Jackson; and Brandon Rios, Hamilton
Somerset County Sheriff’s Office: Michael Kromar, Stewartsville; Bryan Russoniello, Branchburg; and Sean Simpson, Rahway
Trenton Police Department: Ronald Astbury, Hamilton; and Brandon Cook, Ewing

Alternate Route trainees attend the academy at their own expense and now can pursue employment as a certified police office.  Those graduating under alternate route are: Anthony Aurelio, East Hanover; Bryan Butchon, Hamilton; Katarzyna Dziadosz, Linden; Joseph Green, Manville; and Colleen Murphy, Hamilton.

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