WEST CALDWELL, NJ — A swearing-in ceremony authorizing the promotion of Cpl. Leonard F. Santiago to the rank of Sergeant in the West Caldwell Police Department (WCPD) attracted a crowd of family, friends and WCPD colleagues to the West Caldwell Township Council meeting on Tuesday, March 1.

Santiago, a member of the WCPD since February of 2006, was accompanied by his wife of nine years, Christina, and his two daughters, Natalie and Sarah. Upon his promotion, Sgt. Santiago will be assigned as a squad supervisor in the patrol division.

According to Mayor Joseph Tempesta, Santiago spent the majority of his West Caldwell career in the patrol division, is a certified Emergency Medical Technician and is a member of the police department’s emergency-services unit. Santiago also serves as a firearms instructor, a weapons armorer and has served as a field-training officer.

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In October of 2013, Santiago was appointed as a corporal within the patrol division and in January of 2014 was assigned to the detective bureau for several months.

Prior to Santiago’s service in West Caldwell, he served for four years in the Montclair State University Police Department as both a patrol officer and a detective.

Santiago is a member of the 02-26 graduating class of the Passaic County Police Academy and earned his Bachelor of the Arts degree in Psychology from Montclair State University in 2002. Santiago also double-minored in pre-law and paralegal studies at Montclair State.

In other news, Township Administrator Adam Brewer announced that he gratefully accepted a $70,780 check on behalf on the Township of West Caldwell, the Boroughs of Caldwell and Roseland on Tuesday for the acquisition of a new bus for the Caldwell-West Caldwell area.

Brewer said not only an example of shared services between three communities, but also of the county working with multiple government agencies by providing a nice service to the community. According to the council, the most recently discussed goal for the purchase and delivery of the bus is May of 2016.

Council President Joseph Cecere also announced that 51 deer, 35 of which were does, were taken down during the annual deer calling. According to Cecere, this number indicates another successful year and will ultimately contribute to continued public safety.

Speaking on behalf of the Public Works Committee, Councilman Michael Docteroff said the design for the Memorial Park tennis courts is officially completed and will be sent to bid in the near future.

More information regarding this meeting, including updates made to the 2016 Municipal Budget, will be provided by TAP into West Essex on Thursday, March 3.