SPRINGFIELD, NJ — At Tuesday night's meeting, the Springfield Township Committee welcomed officer Matthew Safir to the police force.

With friends and family in attendance, he took his sworn oath before being pinned with his badge by his mother Cheryl. Also up with Safir on the podium were his father Leonard, sister Ashley and girlfriend Nicole.

Springfield Police Chief John Cook gave a short speech during the ceremony, thanking the township for the ability to hire new officers and keep his department numbers stable. Cook also touched on some of Safir's biographical information and qualifications for the position.

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Safir grew up in Fairfield, NJ and received his degree form Montclair State University. After the completion of his studies, he attended the Essex County Police Academy in 2018, graduating in December of that year.

Cook noted that Safir is a charitable man, doing volunteer work in his hometown. That is a quality the chief looked for, and to him, it indicates a willingness to help out in Springfield both on and off-duty.

After beings worn in, Safir spoke with TAPinto Springfield and said he was ready to get to work. 

"It's an honor," Safir said. "It's a town that has a lot of history, and I'm just excited to be part of this great department, have them take a chance on me, and just to serve the people in this community."