NEWTON, NJ—During the Town Council meeting on Monday, Steve Siek was sworn in as Newton Police Department’s newest patrolman.

Siek, a lifelong resident of Sussex County, is a graduate of Wallkill Valley Regional High School’s class of 2013. He attended Stockton University where he graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. 

He started his law enforcement career in the Sussex County Jail in 2018 and then transferred to the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office in 2019. 

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While working with the Sheriff’s Office, he attended the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy and was a graduate of the 93rd Basic Police Class. He said he is very eager and appreciative to be given the opportunity to serve the town and residence of Newton. 

Chief Robert Osborn said, “Siek was highly recommended by the Sheriff’s Department and described as being an ‘asset to their agency’."

Osborn described the process by which Siek was selected including an extensive background investigation that identified Siek as being "a consistent performer, who is goal-oriented and strongly supported by family and friends in his pursuit of becoming a police officer."

The chief did his own investigation into Siek's background, talking with friends and acquaintances.  Osborn said, "Many described him as a ‘top-notch’ person and the type of ‘high-character’ individual that law enforcement agencies should be looking to hire."

"It has become apparent to me that Steve possesses the proper morals and values that were instilled in him from a young age and that he was raised with integrity and a strong work ethic," Osborn said. "It is for these reasons, that the Newton Police Department chose to hire Steve Siek as our next officer, and it is my belief that he will continue to represent our department with pride, Professionalism, compassion and eagerness to learn.”