NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Jaquan Cook and Taylor Clanton, both Piscataway residents were sworn in as new Middlesex County Sheriff’s Officers on January 23.

Cook and Clanton were among twelve sworn in by Middlesex County Sheriff, Mildred S. Scott.

According to a Tuesday news release, officials said “while these twelve new officers come from a variety of backgrounds, all are graduates of Mercer County Police Academy, and all went through 21 weeks of training from September 3, 2019 thru January 23, 2020.”

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“We are proud to welcome these 12 new Sheriff’s Officers to our ranks,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “Their training, accompanied by Sheriff Scott’s leadership, will be great assets to our county as they take on the responsibility of keeping our residents safe.”

Among the new recruits, three have an associate degree, seven have bachelor’s degrees, one has a master’s degree and three are women, said officials.

“I congratulate each of our new officers and wish them continued success in their careers,” said Sheriff Mildred S. Scott.

The graduates are: Lawrence Lenahan Jr. and Christian Paez, both of Sayreville; Jeremy Vargas, of Colonia; Helder Paredes of Monroe; Jennifer Lukacs, of Perth Amboy; Devin Gray, of Milltown; Jaquan Cook and Taylor Clanton, of Piscataway; Antonios Zaferellis, of South River; Danae Rebelo, of Middlesex, who earned the firearms qualification award with perfect score; Islam Saad, of Parlin; and Jessica Tymitz, of Fords.

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