RANDOLPH, NJ - The Randolph Township Police Department welcomed two new officers during the Jan. 26 town council meeting, bringing the number of officers up to 36.

“They’re joining a fantastic department, as those that are in uniform already know,” said township manager Stephen Mountain. “It’s a young department, it’s a department with a lot of opportunity and we were thrilled these officers accepted our offer to join us.”

The candidates impressed Mountain, police chief Stokoe and others on the command staff with their education and prior experience. Mountain described the interview process as “rigorous,” with both practical and theoretical questions.

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Mountain expressed that these candidates passed the tests with “flying colors.”

“We couldn't be any more proud of both Jamie and Stephen,” began Chief Stokoe. “They both did phenomenally well in every aspect of our hiring process, which is a very difficult and challenging process. We have no doubt that they will be a tremendous asset, not only to this department, but to this community, as well.”

After the swearing in, Mayor Christine Carey also gave a few comments to the officers, families and friends present for the ceremony.

“On behalf of the council and all the residents of Randolph, I want to welcome our new officers,” Carey said. “You’re joining an outstanding organization that we’re very, very proud of in Randolph. So we wish you a very long and successful career here.”

Officer Jamie Andersen, is a graduate of Ramapo College with a degree in Criminal Justice. She has served as a dispatcher for the Westwood Police Department and as an intern for the Sheriff’s Office, the Hackensack Police Department and the County Prosecutor’s Office.

Officer Stephen Szilagyi graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Criminal Justice. He worked as an Asset Protection Detective and Specialist for retail stores over the past three years. Szilagyi also interned with the United States Secret Service.