HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Continuing a tradition that started in 1996, Hillsborough Police Chief Michael McMahon has named Police Officer Jack Howard and Police Officer Christopher Peltack as "Top Cops" for 2019.

This is the second time that both officers were selected as "Top Cop."

The program recognizes the performance of its top-rated officers, with two officers - one from each of the Department’s two Patrol Squads - selected to receive the Top Cop recognition for the previous year.

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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 officers’ 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 memorializing each year’s winners since the program’s inception in 1996.

Peltack, a member of Squad A, has been a member of the department since 2013. He has served in the Patrol Division since then and has recently transferred to the Investigative Division. He is the recipient of several Command Citations, as well as several Supervisory Commendations. He received the MADD. Law Enforcement Distinguished Service Award in 2016 for his efforts in enforcing DWI laws. Peltack also served as one of the department’s Field Training Officers and is also a certified Drug Recognition Expert. He most recently became one of the department’s Humane Law Enforcement Officers. 

Howard has been a member of the Department since 2007. He served 9 years in the Patrol Division during his time and was assigned to the Investigative Division for the remainder. He is the recipient of several Command Citations as well as Supervisory Commendations. He is also one of the Department’s Field Training Officers as well as a certified Drug Recognition Expert.