GREEN BROOK, NJ – The Green Brook Police Department on Dec., 8 announced the hiring and swearing in of two new officers –and the recognition of three members of its force. 

Officer Vincent Luberto, who earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Rutgers University, was sworn in as a member of the Green Brook Police Department just prior to his graduation from the Essex County College Police Academy in October 2015. Officer Kevin O’Connor, who earned an associates degree in criminal justice from Brookdale Community College, was sworn in by Mayor Jerry Searfoss during the Green Brook Township Committee’s Dec. 7 meeting; O’Connor comes to Green Brook after serving with the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department since January 2014.

Additionally, Green Brook Police Chief G. Christopher Kurz issued awards to Officers Randy Stratton and Anthony Pinizzotto and Sergeant John Skikus in recognition of their actions in assisting with a call in Warren Township on Aug. 16, 2015.

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On that date, according to Kurz, the officers responded to a residence located on Mount Horeb Road on a report of an active shooter. Upon arrival, Officers Stratton and Pinizzotto established a security perimeter as a male suspect fired a series of shots from a rifle, and Sgt. Skikus assisted with coordinating the initial law enforcement response and ensured that necessary tactics and resources were employed. Officer Stratton and Officer Pinizzotto also provided cover for officers who worked to establish contact with the suspect, as well as officers who evacuated people from the area.

In recognition of their actions, Officers Stratton and Pinizzotto each received a Meritorious Service Award and Sergeant Skikus received an Honorable Service Award. “The bravery and actions demonstrated by these officers were exemplary, and I am very proud that they acted without hesitation to address a very dangerous situation,” said Chief Kurz.