SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Police Captain Ted Conley and Councilwoman Colleen Gialanella introduced and administered the oath to the police department's new officers at the Scotch Plains Township Council meeting on June 14.
SPPD's newest members are:
Officer Damian Serafin, a resident of Scotch Plains who grew up in Poland and came to the United States at age 18. A graduate of Kean University with a BA in Recreation, he is fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming a police officer. He worked for the Township of Maplewood as Assistant DPW Director before joining the Scotch Plains police. An avid soccer player, he is married to his wife, Kelly.
Officer Devon Turner, a lifelong resident of Scotch Plains, attended Union County College. He is engaged to Shantah Easley and is the father of son, Chase, (age 2). He became interested in the field of law enforcement over the last 5 years.
Officer Theodore Florio grew up in Mineola, NY. He and his wife, Heather, have a daughter, Cassia (age 3), and a son, Dominic (almost 2). He earned a BA in Criminal Justice from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. An accomplished football coach, he was a backfield coach at the College of New Jersey (2013-14) and the varsity football coach at Cardinal Hayes High School (2005-07). Prior to that, he served as a Cannoneer in the U.S. Army (2004-06) and was honorably discharged. He taught English at Saint Anthony High School in Jersey City and Kennedy Catholic in Somers, NY.
Officer Stephanie Roggina, a resident of Flemington, NJ, earned a BA in Psychology from Kean University and became a Kean University Police Officer 2015. She transferred to the Scotch Plains police department on June 10, 2016.
Officer Richard Hernandez attended Union County College (2002-03) before transferring to Drew University and finishing at Monmouth University with a BA in Psychology. He became a Sheriff’s Officer with Union County in 2012 and later expressed an interest in becoming a municipal police officer. He transferred to SPPD and was hired on June 13.
"These officers are a welcome addition to our family," said Captain Ted Conley of the department's new hires.