NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A longtime city police officer who once nabbed a suspect featured on the TV show “America’s Most Wanted” has been promoted to lieutenant.
Officials formally recognized the promotion of Frank Bertucci, a 22-year veteran of the New Brunswick Police Department, during a Jan. 4 ceremony at City Hall.
The new gig boosts Bertucci’s annual salary to $157,126, according to the city. The most recent available records show that Bertucci had earned $134,452 per year, though it’s unclear if he received additional pay raises prior to his promotion.
“Our city deserves nothing but the best, and it is because of the caliber of the officers we employ and the dedication, commitment and professionalism of Director [Anthony] Caputo and his team of captains that our police department grows even stronger, more effective and better positioned to serve and protect our community,” Mayor Jim Cahill said in a statement to TAPinto New Brunswick.
“That success must be supported by robust and capable leadership at all levels, as evident by Lt. Bertucci’s new chapter of leadership with our police department.”
Bertucci joined the force in August 1994. He has spent his career as a patrol officer and a sergeant in the operations unit, where he assisted the neighborhood police team and the bike-patrol unit, according to the city.
In June 2007, Bertucci had a brush with Hollywood.
He arrested a man who was wanted by Colorado police for questioning in connection with a murder that took place two years earlier. That suspect, according to reports, had been the subject of a December 2006 segment on the Fox TV show “America’s Most Wanted.”
The newly-minted lieutenant has also trained more than 30 young cops in his “prolific” role as a field training officer, according to the city.
Bertucci’s father, the late Sgt. Fred Bertucci, retired the same year his son joined the police department. The elder Bertucci was shot in the line of duty in 1979 and, after retiring, died in 2010, according to his obituary.