Police & Fire

Scotch Plains Police Dept. Announces Promotions

Mayor Al Smith congratulates Lt. David Smith on his promotion. Credits: John Mooney
Mayor Al Smith (left) and Police Chief Ted Conley congratulate Sgt. Hayeck and his family. Credits: John Mooney

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Police Chief Ted Conley announced the promotions of two of Scotch Plains' finest at Tuesday night's Township Council meeting.

Lt. David Smith
Born and raised in Scotch Plains, Smith graduated SPFHS in 1991. He began his service to town in 1992 on the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad and remained an active member for 16 years. He graduated from Bridgewater State University (Massachusetts) in 1995 with a BS in Sports Medicine. Smith also  became a paramedic at Muhlenberg Hospital, where he works a second job for 13 years.

Smith started with the SPPD in July 1999 and did community policing activities, adopt-a-cop, and bike patrol for several years. Became a firearms instructor. He has delivered several babies as a police officer, as recently as 2016.

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In February 2007, Smith was promoted to the rank of sergeant in the Patrol Division. He served as assistant Rangemaster and gained additional firearm certifications as Sub-gun instructor and Rifle instructor, and certified Glock Armorer. Smith took over all range responsibilities last year and trains the Rifle team for Scotch Plains. He has also helped the police department acquire various types of equipment including Humvees.

Lt. Smith’s hobbies include ice hockey, skiing and mountain-climbing. He is a member of the National Ski Patrol and actively works in the Pocono Mountains on a ski patrol.

Sgt. Brian Hayeck
Born and raised in Scotch Plains and Fanwood, Hayeck attended the district public schools and St. Bart's. He graduated from SPFHS in 1994 and earned his BS in Criminal Justice from Kutztown University in 1999 before graduating from the John H. Stamler Police Academy in 2001.

While employed at Union County Sheriff's Office, he was assigned to the Crime Scene Unit and was responsible for investigating all major crimes in Union County before transferring to Scotch Plains PD in January 2006. He was assigned to Patrol Division for three years and then moved to the Detective Bureau from 2009-2018.

Within SPPD, he has held various PBA positions and has been chairman for numerous charitable causes. He also has been a Crime Scene Instructor at Stamler Police Academy and received several commendations, including the Knights of Columbus Father Nelligan Award.

He currently lives in Scotch Plains with wife and three children and has been a volunteer coach for youth baseball, soccer and PAL football.

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