MORRISTOWN, NJ - At the regular Mayor and Council Meeting on Feb. 28, Council Officers Clare Johnson and Michael Cerick administered the ceremonial Oath of Office to Sergeants Brian LaBarre, Joseph Heuneman and Anthony O’Brien who were officially sworn into their new ranks. Various other officers also received special awards.
Morristown Police Chief Peter Demnitz began the ceremony with a story about an encounter with an individual while getting coffee. He was recognized by a man who he had arrested many years ago. The man explained that he spent over seven years in jail and was just released and now has a decent job. “He said to me ‘with all that is going on in this country, there is something that you need to know, you guys are the best,’” said Chief Demnitz.
He went on to explain that the former criminal told him that he has nothing but respect for the Morristown Police Department because even while arresting him, they treated him with dignity and always remained professional.
“Tonight you are going to meet some of these officers,” he said
Sergeant Brian LaBarre who Chief Demnitz referred to as his “go to guy” was the first to take oath of office. Sgt. LaBarre has been a part of the Morristown Bureau of Police for nine years, beginning his career in the summer of 2007. In August of 2015, Sgt. LaBarre transitioned into the agency’s Investigative Unit, joined the Detective for the Bureau. Sgt. LaBarre will now be assigned to the Patrol Division in the capacity of Patrol Operations Sergeant, with responsibilities including supervising the Traffic Safety Unit, agency training, fleet maintenance, and coordination with outside entities.
Next to be sworn in was Sergeant Joseph Heuneman who has been with the Morristown Police Department for 10 years. He was to the Patrol Division in 2007 as a uniformed police officer and has worked various patrol shifts covering both daytime and nighttime hours. Sgt. Heuneman was additionally recognized as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “Top Gun” award recipient in 2015 as a result of making the most arrests for drunk driving in the County of Morris. He will be assigned to the Patrol Division as a shift supervisor.
Sergeant Anthony O'Brien who has also worked for the Morristown Police Department for 10 years was the last officer to take the oath of office. Sgt. O'Brien was the recipient of the Morristown Bureau of Police Honorable Service Citation for his drunk driving enforcement and was transitioned into the agency’s Investigative Unit, where he assumed the duties and responsibilities of a Detective. Sergeant O'Brien will be assigned to the Patrol Division as a shift supervisor.
Honorable Service was awarded to Officer Colin Birch for gun call June 20, 2015 and Sgt. Tyrone Jackson, Sgt. Brian Labarre, Officer Yeison De Los Santos, Officer Richard Rispoli, Officer Michael Alberto, Officer Christopher Little, Officer Mark Underhill, Officer Brian Holmes for a fire call July 13, 2015.Officer Mark Underhill and Officer Robert Mazza received the Meritorious Service for their work on a gun call, September 13, 2016