SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Three officers of the South Orange Police Department were sworn into new positions at Monday’s meeting of the Village Trustees. Police Chief Kyle Kroll said he was proud of the three men and the department. “We’re moving forward, and we’re moving people up in the ranks,” he noted. He thanked the trustees and village president for their service as well. Villlage President Sheena Collum administered the oath of office.
Sandro Reyes was sworn in as a new police officer. He was appointed Nov. 6, 2019. Richard Lombardi was promoted to police sergeant from detective. He has lived in South Orange since 2008; he used to be a graphic artist, and in 2013 Kroll encouraged him to become a police officer. Kroll noted that SOPD is “losing an excellent detective. He’ll be missed in that department.”
Adrian Acevedo was promoted to police lieutenant from sergeant. Kroll noted that Acevedo “goes above and beyond, [doing] stuff you just don’t see.” For example, he said that Acevedo has been running the community relations bureau in the department. He grew up in South Orange, is a 1994 graduate of Columbia High School, and became an officer at age 20; he has been with SOPD his whole career.