BERNARDSVILLE NJ - Bernardsville welcomed three new police officers at Monday's borough council meeting.  Officers Anthony Foley, Saif Naqvi and Richard Cowan took the oath of office in front of a big crowd of family, friends and interested public.

"We welcome you with open arms," said Mayor Kevin Sooy to open the meeting.  Mayor Sooy is a retired police officer who served in the City of Orange.  Sooy then turned the meeting over to Police Chief Kevin Valentine for introductions.  Valentine told the public about the background of the new officers.

Officer Richard Cowan is a graduate of the Passaic County Police Academy, who has served as a Deputy Sheriff in Hunterdon County, and as a member of the Lebanon Township Police Department.

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Officer Anthony Foley is a graduate of the Florida State Police Academy, who has experience with the Florida State Police and the Old Bridge Police Department.

Officer Saif Naqvi has experience as a Special Deputy in Essex County and as a special with the Boonton Police Department.

“They bring with them their experience from other police departments," concluded Valentine, "and we thing that that will be an asset for Bernardsville.”

After taking the oath of office, the gathered audience gave the new officers a very warm round of applause.