MOUNT OLIVE, NJ – Roxbury High School graduate Gregory Slinger became Mount Olive’s newest police officer this week, according to the Mount Olive Police Department.

Slinger was released from field training and assumed full patrol duties, said the department. Mount Olive Police Chief Stephen Beecher noted that all police academy graduates must complete the field training program.

He said the field training program usually lasts three months. Rookie officers must meet 597 training objectives covering “a multitude of police activities, laws, policies and procedures, Beecher said.

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Slinger’s Field Training Officer was Mount Olive Police Patrolman Chad Rossy.

Slinger graduated in 2005 from Roxbury High School and then received an associates degree in social sciences from County College of Morris, police said.

He then attended Centenary University in Hackettstown, graduating in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management, said a statement from the department.

Slinger worked as a communications officer with the Mount Olive Police Department from June 2015 until being hired as an officer in January of this year. Slinger graduated from the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy on May 31 and he is currently assigned to the Mount Olive Police Department Patrol Division, said the statement.