New Police Officers Sworn-in at Piscataway Council Meeting; Residents Express Concerns about Industrial Building’s Use

New Piscataway Police Officers Paul Tarnawski, Brendan Smith and Michael Sexton Credits: Piscataway Police Department

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Township officials formally welcomed three new recruits to the Piscataway Police Department during a swearing-in ceremony led by Mayor Brian Wahler at Tuesday’s council meeting.

“We would like to introduce three new police officers that joined the ranks of the PTPD this evening, following their swearing in ceremony before the Township Council,” said police officials in a Facebook post.

They provided some background about the qualifications of the department’s new hires.

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“Patrolman Paul Tarnawski graduated from the Atlantic County Police Academy Basic Class #18, on June 29 as an Alternate Route Candidate, where he earned the top honor Physical Fitness and Defensive Tactics Award and served as a Squad Leader,” said police. “He is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. Paul was also an Auxiliary Police Officer with the Linden Police Department for 2 years prior to his acceptance into the Police Academy.

“Patrolman Brendan Smith is a recent Alternate Route Graduate of the Essex County Public Safety Academy, Class 17-1, where he served as a Platoon Leader. He is a graduate of The University of Scranton with a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. Brendan also served as an Auxiliary Police Officer for the Roseland Police Department.

“Patrolman Michael Sexton graduated from the Cape May County Police Academy Class 41 as an Alternate Route Candidate. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Maywood University in Scranton Pennsylvania, majoring in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology. Michael is a former Auxiliary Police Officer with the Sayreville Police Department and Interned with the East Brunswick Police Department.

“The Officers will be assigned to the Training Section until re-assigned to their respective Field Training Officers in the Patrol Section.”

Later several residents expressed concerns about logistics and safety with Horiba Instrument's plans to renovate a Knightsbridge Road industrial building on property that borders Plainfield Avenue. Councilwoman Gabrielle Cahill suggested they attend the township’s planning board meeting on Wednesday where additional information will be provided about the precision instrument manufacturer's plans and their application to install a liquid nitrogen tank in the building. is an online newspaper serving the Township of Piscataway. Sign up for our FREE daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @PiscatawayTAP.

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