WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Three new police officers were sworn in to the Woodland Park Police Department on Wednesday evening - Alessio Esposito, Anthony Peluso, and Derrick Morrison.

"We were extremely impressed with the quality of these three men," said Mayor Keith Kazmark, noting that along with Police Chief Eileen Tiernan and top brass, he and council members met with the candidates prior to their being hired.

"Alessio and Anthony grew up here in Woodland Park and both showed incredible excitement about serving their home town," Kazmark noted. "Derrick comes to us from the Lodi Police Department with strong recommendations and makes history as the first African American Police Officer here in Woodland Park. We are proud to welcome them to our team."

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Officer Esposito has been a Borough resident since 7th grade and graduated Memorial Middle School and Passaic Valley High School in 2009. He was a Special 2 officer for the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department, Union City and Haledon. He worked corrections for the Passaic County Jail and was a police officer for two-and-a-half years for the Clifton Police Department.

Officer Peluso, a life-long Borough resident, graduated Passaic Valley High School in 2012 and Caldwell College with a degree in criminal justice. Following training at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, he served as a corrections Officer for Passaic County Sheriff’s Department since 2015.

Officer Morrison is a graduate of West Orange High School and Montclair State University with a degree in accounting in 2008. He attended the Essex County Police Academy in 2014 and served as a police officer for two years in West Orange and in Lodi for three years.