SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The newest member of the Springfield Police Department received his badge at a ceremonial swearing-in during Tuesday night's township committee meeting.

Probationary police officer Matthew Negron was sworn in at the meeting. In attendance were Springfield Police Chief John Cook, several members of the department and Negron's, which included his wife Daysi, son Evan, daughter Ava, father Peter and mother Sophia.

Negron was hired to replace retiring officer James Morton, a 19-year veteran with the Springfield Police Department.

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Negron was introduced beforehand by Chief Cook, who listed all of his accomplishments from prior to joining the force. Before joining the police department, Negron graduated from Technology High School in Newark, where he was born and raised, before learning diesel mechanics and refrigeration at Engine City Technical Institute.

In 2010, he joined the Army National Guard, serving seven years as the team leader of a mortar platoon. Promoted to Sergeant, Negron was deployed to Bahrain. In 2017, he joined the Union County Sherriff's office, where he served for two years before coming to the Springfield Police.

In a short speech, Cook thanked Negron's family for placing their son in his care and trust, assuring them that he would find brotherhood on the force.

And for Negron, who spoke with TAPinto after the meeting, getting started and protecting the town's residents was the first thing he was looking forward to in his new role.

"I'm very excited," Negron said. "Just ready to serve the people of Springfield and just give them the best I can."