SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ –Family and friends gathered this week in support of Justin Marks and Set Yocum, both lifelong borough residents recently appointed as the newest members of the South Plainfield Police Department. 

At a June 17 meeting, the borough council voted 6-0 in favor of the appointment and Marks and Yocum were officially sworn in by Mayor Matt Anesh and Councilman and Police Commissioner Joseph Wolak. 

“We often say we have the best police force in the State of New Jersey. Welcome to the South Plainfield family and congratulations…” said Anesh, adding, “Study hard, work hard in the academy and when you graduate you have fine men and women and great leadership and officers to guide you along the way here in your career. May you always get home safe at night, that your family doesn't worry, and that you have a great and prosperous career in law enforcement.”

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“We are glad to have them. They are good guys, families are good,” said South Plainfield Police Captain Daniel Noonan. “Keep up the good work.”

Marks, a 2014 graduate of South Plainfield High School, earned a degree in criminology from Rutgers University – Newark. He is currently employed with the South Plainfield Department of Public Works. Both Marks and Yocum will both begin their training next month at Union County Police Academy. 

“I have always looked up to law enforcement officers and excited to be someone others will look up to,” Marks told TAPinto South Plainfield. “The relationship I had with police growing up was a very good one and I am excited to continue that and be someone others will look up to as well.”

Yocum is a member of South Plainfield High School’s Class of 2010. He went on to earn a degree in sociology from West Virginia University and is currently employed as a fleet manager for Twin City Pharmacy. 

“The police have been a big influence in my life since I played Pop Warner for the town and were always around and kind of curbed my way of thinking around that and ended up here,” Youcm told TAPinto, adding that he is most looking forward to ‘helping the people in South Plainfield.’ 

“Congratulations Seth and Justin. I know that you guys will do well…Godspeed, work hard and good luck to you,” said Wolak. 

During the meeting, each member of the borough council also had the opportunity to extend their congratulations and best wishes to the new officers. 

“This is exciting; two more police officers joining our force, both of them born and raised in South Plainfield,” said Councilman Jon Dean. “Congratulations and I wish you both the best of luck.”

“Good luck at the academy. We look forward to having you on the force after you graduate. And congratulations to your families as well for letting you pursue the career of a police officer because the sacrifices you make also bears on them when you are out there trying to protect our great borough,” added Councilman Robert Bengivenga, Jr. 

Councilman Christine Faustini said, “Thank you for choosing to serve your community and thank you to your families for supporting you in that choice…I am sure you will do well and want to wish you all the success and safety…”

“As always, my sincerest wish is that you return home the same way you went to work that day and that you stay safe,” said Councilman Gary Vesce. 

“Thank you to your families for sharing you with us and I thank you for your participation in community prior to tonight [at] Twin City as well as DPW,” said Councilman Derryck White. “As you embark on this next leg of your journey, make sure you hold on tight to your dreams, continue to pursue them, and most of all know that you have not only your law enforcement brothers and sisters, but the mayor, council, and community behind you wishing you well…We have great expectations for you.” 

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