HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Two veteran township police officers have been named “Top Cops” for 2017, according to Police Chief Darren Powell.

Patrolman Joseph Paschall from the A Squad and Patrolman Scott McCarthy from the B Squad have both won the award in previous years.

Paschall has been a member of the Hillsborough Police Department since 2001, and has served in both the Patrol and Investigative divisions. He is the recipient of several command citations and received the department's Medal of Merit in 2003 for capturing carjacking suspects.

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He also received the MADD Law Enforcement Distinguished Service Award in 2014 for his efforts in enforcing DWI laws. This is his second year in a row being selected as Top Cop.

McCarthy has been a police officer in Hillsborough since 2008, and has served in the Patrol Division for all 10 years. He is the recipient of several command citations, as well as several supervisory commendations. He also serves as one of the department's field training officers. This is his second time being selected as Top Cop, having been named in 2015.

The award recipients are determined based upon a score obtained from their annual Job Performance evaluations, along with a ranking achieved from their respective supervisors and peers.

As a result of their hard work, an acknowledgement of the award is placed in the officer’s permanent personnel file and a special award bar is presented to each officer, to be worn above his uniform badge.

In addition, the officers’ names will be engraved on a plaque displayed in the lobby of Police Headquarters which includes the names of each year's winners since the program’s inception in 1996.