WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Saturday afternoon's bitter cold temperatures, gusting wind and light flurries did not stop over 100 people from attending the final Walk Out for Lieutenant Scott Drotos on his last day with the Wood-Ridge Police Department.
Drotos took his final walk out of police headquarters after 31 years of service and was saluted by his Wood-Ridge brothers in blue, Wood-Ridge Auxiliary Police, retired members of Wood-Ridge Police Department, members of the Wood-Ridge Fire Department and EMS, and members from the Carlstadt Police Department. They were joined by members of the Wood-Ridge Council, residents, and his family.
Drotos joined the Wood-Ridge Police Department as a dispatcher in September 1989. His father, Ronald, retired as a lieutenant in 1992, and Scott was hired as a patrolman. From 1999 to 2010, Drotos was assigned to the Detective Bureau. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2001, and Lieutenant in 2012.
During his 31 years with the department, he received many Certificates of Commendation, meritorious service awards, Chief's commendations, and lifesaving awards. In 2012, he was named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. He served as president, vice president and delegate of PBA Local 313.
Drotos had many responsibilities within the department, including Scheduling, Training Coordinator, Gang Liaison, Firearm Investigation Officer, Supervisor of the Auxiliary Officer Unit, 911 Coordinator and IT Officer. He also served as the agency's TAC (Terminal Agency Coordinator) Officer for 24 years and CJIS (Criminal Justice Information System) Instructor at the Bergen County Police Academy for several years.
Most recently he was the accreditation manager for the department, and successfully guided Wood-Ridge through the initial accreditation and recent re-accreditation from the New Jersey State Association of Police Chiefs.
His proudest accomplishments of his life, according to Wood-Ridge Police Chief John Korin, are his family, Anna, his wife, and children Victoria, Anthony, and Isabella.
This is the second time in a week that the Wood-Ridge Police Department celebrated the retirement of two veteran officers, as Lt. Jerry Onnembo retired after 28 years on Wednesday, a total of over 50 years of law enforcement experience.
Korin that he's been anticipating the retirement of the two officers and "cross-training all of our officers to handle the different duties and responsibilities."
"I am grateful to Lieutenant Drotos for his 31 years of dedication and service to the residents of Wood-Ridge and the Wood-Ridge Police Department," said Korin. "He will be missed by all who have had the pleasure of working with him. It has been an honor."
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