NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council appointed two Class III and three Class II police officers at its Tuesday, Sep. 11 meeting. The council also approved an ordinance specifying the duties of the special police officers.

Michael D’elia and Daniel Lorimor were appointed Class III officers. D’elia and Lorimor are retired police officers who are the new School Resource Officers placed at the Allen W. Roberts and Salt Brook schools respectively.

Kevin Gutierrez, Gerald Pydeski and Gregory Miller were appointed as part-time Class II officers. Pydeski is a retired police officer while Gutierrez and Miller will be attending Ocean County Police Academy. The appointed Class II officers will act as Court Officers and perform other police duties as needed.

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The approved ordinance regarding special police officers describes the duties of Class I, II and III Special Law Enforcement Officers. According to the ordinance the Chief of Police may authorize Class I officers to perform routine traffic detail, spectator control and similar duties. They may also be authorized to issue summonses for disorderly and petty disorderly persons offenses.

Class II officers may exercise the same powers and authority as regular members of the Police Department, including the carrying of firearms and the power of arrest, while on-duty, provided such officers have been fully certified as successfully completing the appropriate training.

The Chief of Police may authorize Class III officers “to exercise full powers and duties similar to those of a permanent, regularly appointed full time police officer while providing security at a public or nonpublic school on the school premises during hours when the public or nonpublic school is normally in session or when it is occupied by public or nonpublic school students or their teachers or professors,” the ordinance read.

Additionally the council approved the purchase of three police vehicles this year. Mayor Al Morgan explained that normally the borough replaces two police vehicles each year. However, this year three new vehicles will be purchased for the Police Department due to the hiring of three School Resource Officers.