SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Friends, family, and fellow officers gathered at borough hall Monday night to support the promotion of four longstanding members of the South Plainfield Police Department (SPPD) and the hiring of two new officers.
During the June 18 meeting, Daniel Noonan was promoted to Captain, Michael Hoppe was promoted to Lieutenant, and both Mark Bullock and Lloyd McNelly were promoted to Sergeant. They were all officially sworn in by Mayor Matt Anesh and Councilman Joe Wolak, chair of the borough’s public safety commission.
“Daniel, Mike, Mark and Lloyd... you are truly the best and the brightest and you do make South Plainfield proud,” said Mayor Matt Anesh. “Congratulations and we look forward to great things from you in the future. Keep building on all you have done for the Borough of South Plainfield…”
“To each of the officers promoted, I am extremely proud of all of you and the wonderful job you do. I hope all of your families feel that same immense pride, honor and sense of accomplishment as you move forward in your new roles,” said Councilwoman Christine Faustini. “May God bless each one of you from this day forward as you continue to protect us.”
"We know whenever something comes up we can count on you," said Councilman Jon Dean.
Councilman Derryck White added, “To those who were promoted, I am very proud of you and I thank you for your leadership…you did the job put before you and were recognized for that. Now, you have an opportunity to lead and I know you are capable.”
During the meeting, the borough council approved the hiring of two new officers and, with family at their side, Frank DeBiase and Patrick McGee were officially sworn in as members of the SPPD.
“You are about to start what will, hopefully, be a great career here in South Plainfield...and we view this as the best department in the State of New Jersey…” Mayor Anesh told the new officers. “These men and women do a great job…they have been through almost everything and are the folks you should look to and learn from as you progress in your career.”
Anesh added, “We hope it is a long career – 100-percent within the Borough of South Plainfield... It is our mission to do anything we can to support you and the entire police department and emergency services throughout the borough…”
“My sincerest hope and wish is that when you go to work in the morning you return home the same way you left,” said Councilman Gary Vesce. “I thank you for your service.”
“To each of the new officers, I want to wish you the protection and success in your new careers…I thank you in advance for your service in the years to come,” added Faustini.
Captain Daniel Noonan
Captain Noonan grew up in South Plainfield and has 23 years of law enforcement experience. He began his career with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and, in 1996, joined the SPPD. He has served as an officer and detective in South Plainfield, and, following his promotion to sergeant, served in the Patrol and Training Sections of the Operations Division and as detective sergeant with the Criminal Investigations Division. In 2011, he was promoted to lieutenant and, over the past seven years, served as a detective lieutenant in the Criminal Investigations Division. Captain Noonan and his wife, Jimena, are parents to Julie, 8, and Leah, 6.
Lieutenant Michael Hoppe
Lieutenant Hoppe, a lifelong resident of the borough and graduate of the Sea Girt Police Academy, is a 19-year veteran of the SPPD. Additionally, he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and political science from Kean University. Hoppe has served in the patrol section of the SPPD’s Operations Division throughout his career, holding the rank of sergeant for the past four years. Lieutenant Hoppe has also received several commendations, an Honorable Service Medal, an Exceptional Duty Medal, and two Life Saving Medals. Lieutenant Hoppe and his wife, Kim, are parents to Emma, Carly, and Ryan.
Sergeant Mark Bullock
Sergeant Bullock, a 17-year veteran of the SPPD, has worked in the SPPD’s patrol division for the duration of his career and, since 2012, has served as a canine officer with his partner, Blitz. Prior to joining the borough department, he served as Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Officer and as a New Jersey State Corrections Officer – Juvenile Justice Commission. Throughout his career, Bullock has consistently led the SPPD in narcotics and DWI arrests and he has been awarded numerous accommodations for lifesaving, meritorious service, and DWI/narcotics enforcement. Additionally, Bullock has been recognized by several outside agencies, including M.A.D.D. and A.S.I.S. Sergeant Bullock has two children, Samantha and Tyler.
Sergeant Lloyd McNelly
Sergeant McNelly, a 14-year veteran of the SPPD and a lifelong resident of the borough, graduated from the Somerset Police Academy. Prior, he served as nuclear, biological, and chemical operations specialist with the United States Army Reserves. McNelly served as a patrolman for five years before transferring to the training division and worked as the department’s D.A.R.E. Officer. He was then assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division and served as a General Assignment Detective and Juvenile Detective while also continuing his role with D.A.R.E. McNeely was reassigned back to patrol for a brief period before transferring to his current position in the Special Problem’s Unit. He also serves as the department’s senior baton and defensive tactics instructor as well as pistol and submachine gun instructor. Sergeant McNelly and his wife, Aneca, are parents to Alexander and Sara.
Frank DeBiase, a lifelong resident of South Plainfield, earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in criminology from Rutgers University. He is currently employed as a telecommunications operator for the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. DeBiase’s father, Joseph Jr. is a retired from law enforcement and his grandfather, Joseph Sr., is a retired chief of the Dunellen Police Department.
Patrick McGee was raised in Piscataway and currently resides in South Plainfield with his wife Alyanna. He attended Raritan Valley Community College, Rutgers University, and Kean University. McGee is currently employed by PVH Corporation in Bridgewater where he works in the wholesale account support division.
“Congratulations to the new recruits and those who were promoted. Godspeed to all of you,” said Wolak.
Council President Robert Bengivenga, extending special thanks to the officers’ family members who ‘worry about them’ and ‘support them everyday,’ added, “Thank you for letting them be here for us and serve South Plainfield.”
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