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Linden Swears in Two New Police Officers

(left to right) Mayor Derek Armstead, Officer Aerial Franjul, Officer Carlos Ralda, Police Chief Johnathon Parham
Linden Police Swearing In Ceremony held in Town Hall Credits: DMClements
Linden Police Swearing In Ceremony Credits: DMClements
Mayor Derek Armstead followed by Chief Jonathon Parham Credits: DMClements
Recruit Franjul followed by Recruit Ralda Credits: DMClements
Pledge of Allegiance at beginning of Police Swearing In Ceremony. Credits: DMClements
Lt. Guenther presiding over Police Swearing in ceremony.
Linden Mayor Derek Armstead welcomes new officers Credits: DMClements
Recruit Franjul being sworn as newest Linden Police Officer. Credits: DMClements
Officer Franjul recently pinned by his mom. Credits: DMClements
Chief Jonathon Parham welcomes new Police Officers Credits: DMClements
Mom pins son, Officer Raldo. Credits: DMClements
Officer Raldo receiving his hat from dad. Credits: DMClements
Linden Police Officers , Aerial Franjul and Carlos Raldo Credits: DMClements
Officer Carlos Raldo Credits: DMClements

LINDEN, NJ - The city's police department grew its ranks by 2 today, with the swearing in of new officers bringing the total roster to 115, Lt. Guenther said.

"Much is required and much shall be required. You are guardians over our city and you are guardians over our residents." Mayor Derek Armstead said in a statement.

The hiring of the Officers was approved by the City Council in July 2016.

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Recruit Ariel Franjul is originally from the Dominican Republic and raised in the Bronx until moving to Linden. Franjul holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from Monroe College. He was honorably discharged from the United States Marines in 2012. 

Recruit Carlos Ralda grew up in Linden and worked as a Dental Assistant until attending the Police Academy.

Chief Jonathon Parham wished the recruits success in their new careers.  "I have a message also to the family, thank you for preparing them for law enforcement. Great police officers come from great families." "Today they join our family, the Linden  Police Department Family, and we will be steadfast in our responsibility to do everything in our power to ensure that they make it back home to you safely."

Today, was the last class that will be sworn in under his leadership. Chief Parham officially retires on December 31, after 25 years of service to the Linden Police Department, he served less than 2 years as the chief. 

The officers will complete their recruit training when they graduate from the John H. Stamler Police Academy on Thursday, December 14, 2017.


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