MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon swore in six new Morris County Sheriff's Officers who will start their duties in the Protective Services Division of the Sheriff's Office.

The new officers are Haider Asif, Travis Dean, Stephen Nowatkowski, Jennifer Powers, Anthony Walsh and Chelsea Whiting.

Sheriff Gannon administered the oath of office in the Morris County Courthouse’s Historic Courtroom; afterwards, Chief Kelley Zienowicz pinned the badges on each new Officer.

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“You definitely have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people.  It’s nice to have diversity in the ranks.  We’re pretty good statistically but we’re always trying to do better, to emulate what the community needs and what the community looks like.  It’s not only about diversity, it’s about inclusion. And we work very hard on that. We have a duty to protect all the people in Morris County,” Sheriff Gannon said.

"Sheriff’s Officers have two roles", he said. "That of warriors, trained to protect and defend, but also as guardians of people who are vulnerable or need compassionate attention while struggling with a substance use disorder. Modern policing has evolved to include a focus on helping substance users conquer their addiction while still arresting and apprehending the dealers".

“Take care of people less fortunate than yourself,” the Sheriff requested. “Be prepared on that warrior side.  You’re trained for that. But I want you to show that guardian side. There’s people coming through the doors of this courthouse that you’re assigned to protect through the Protective Services Division. Not too many good stories behind coming to the courthouse. Maybe adoption.” 

“It’s a highly emotionally-charged environment here", he said. "So be on your guard and your head on a swivel. But extend a hand to people. Say good morning. Welcome them. Ask how you can help. You may be the only person they have right then and you can make an impact.”