SPRINGFIELD, NJ - In a ceremonial swearing at yesterday's township committee meeting, Springfield Police Officer Marcos Vaz was promoted to acting sergeant in front of his friends and family.

Vaz was joined by his wife Arianna, daughters Zofia and Sarah and son Matias, as well as other family and friends. Vaz has been with the department since 2012, and helps to run the Springfield Police Academy each summer, along with his role as a field training officer for the department.

In addition to his aforementioned service, Vaz also served in the marine Corps from 2000-2004 and plays on a charity hockey team of officers from all around the county.

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Speaking with TAPinto after being sworn in, Vaz said this was a goal he had been working towards for some time.

"It's something that I've strived for and I try to do my best for my patrol officers that were out there when I was patrol, and now I'm going to do the same thing as their boss," Vaz said. "So it doesn't stop. I have a job to do and I'm going to do it in a professional manner."

He also said that his track record of community involvement was important to him, and that he would work to continue his efforts in that regard.

"It's very important," Vaz added. "That's why I decided to be come a police officer, to help the community."