SPARTA, NJ -At their annual luncheon at the Mohawk House, the Sussex County Police Chiefs' Association received a $2500 donation from Don Somma President and CEO of First Hope Bank.  The funds were raised for the Bocci and Brew event held earlier in the fall.

Somma said he was aware many of the Chiefs in the room attended the funeral services of the detective in Jersey City earlier in the morning and that he expressed his condolences to all.  Soma reiterated how First Hope Bank and the community at large stand behind all our first responders and thanked them for all they do.

Sparta Police Chief Neil Spidaletto said the funds will be used for training and equipment for law enforcement throughout the county. 

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“First Hope Bank has long been a supporter of the Sussex County Chiefs association,” Spidaletto said. 

Initiatives such as active shooter training is just one example of how the funds will be used.  Spidaletto said they purchased the FATS simulator for this training.  

“It’s important for officers to be trained in the same way for cross-jurisdictional events,” Spidaletto said.  Should there ever be such an event, one police department could not handle it alone.  Departments throughout the county would need to work together. 

Donated funds are also used for equipment such as the supplies for using airsoft guns in training missions and trauma care kits with supplies that go beyond first aid kits.

The funds bring in trainers, which can be expensive because of their background;  “former special ops trainers that are legitimate.”

The new leadership of the Sussex County Chiefs Association was announced at the luncheon.  With three chiefs retiring, a few changes were made.

For the upcoming year:

  • President – Neil Spidaletto from Sparta,
  • Vice President – Bob Brennan from Hopatcong,
  • Secretary – Dan Young from Vernon,
  • Treasurer – Skip Danielson from Andover

“I’ve learned a lot from leadership in this association in my time there,” Spidaletto said.  “I want to continue to build on their success and continue to build relationships.”

He said FBI agents regularly attend their monthly meetings to “share intel and training.”

“They are assets that we are fortunate to be able to access,” Spidaletto said. 

He also expressed appreciation to Steve Scro at the Mohawk House “for hosting the luncheon, giving us a chance to get together to nurture and grow relationships.”