MONTVILLE, NJ – After more than three decades in police work, Lieutenant George Vuolo has retired from the Montville Township Police Department.
Vuolo graduated from Parsippany High School, and after attending Morris County Police Academy, he was hired by the MTPD in 1989. He worked in the patrol division.
“During his career, he was assigned to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force and spent time in the MTPD detective bureau,” Police Chief Andrew Caggiano said.
Vuolo was promoted to sergeant in 2001 and lieutenant in 2014.
“Achieving the rank of lieutenant was a goal that I set for myself,” he said. “It was rewarding to reach that goal and it took a lot of effort. There aren’t always openings, so I was fortunate to be able to attain my goal.”
When asked what changes he has seen over 30 years of law enforcement work, Vuolo said computers have changed the profession.
“Computers are playing a bigger role in police work now,” he said. “For example, when you charged somebody years ago, you sat in front of a typewriter and would be done within minutes. Now that we’ve moved to computers, it’s become more time-consuming, believe it or not. Accident reports were done by hand in the car before; now officers come off the road to do them inside.”
Vuolo served as a field training officer and trained numerous recruits upon their graduation from the police academy, according to Caggiano.
“The experience was very, very positive – they’re all wonderful people to work with,” Vuolo said. “The hardest part about leaving the job has been leaving the people I worked with. Plus, an older person like me has had the benefit of being rejuvenated from their enthusiasm, and they, hopefully, benefited from my experience acquired over the years. It’s very positive.”
Vuolo has a wife, Lisa, a daughter, Lauren, and a son, Michael, and they live in Parsippany.
“I’m very grateful to my wife and what she’s put up with – not being able to be there for holidays and holding the family together when I’m not there working nights,” he said.
Over three decades, Vuolo has worked under five chiefs, but says that if it weren’t for his father and then-chief Carl DeBacco, he would not have wound up in Montville.
“I got into law enforcement because my father, who was an Essex County corrections officer for 30 years, pushed me into it,” he said with a laugh. “I had a few opportunities with other towns, but Chief DeBacco called me. With the other towns’ chiefs, I was just a number. I was a person with Carl – and that made all the difference. I knew he was someone I wanted to work for.”
Vuolo wanted residents to know how much he enjoyed his career, especially the part where he got to work with them.
“I’m very grateful to the people of Montville,” he said. “In 30 years, my overall experience with people was very positive, and they have been very supportive. It truly was a great experience to work in a community like this. I have gratitude to have gotten to this point – I had an enjoyable experience overall. There were lots of days that weren’t easy, but overall, this career has been very enjoyable.”
“Thank you, lieutenant, for the last 31 years of service to the Township of Montville,” Caggiano said. “Lieutenant Vuolo has served the residents of Montville with honor and professionalism.”
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