FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Fairfield Township Council and the Fairfield Police Department (FPD) welcomed four new officers and a new dispatcher during a swearing-in ceremony held at Monday’s council meeting.

Fairfield Township Police Chief Anthony Manna said that Fairfield always hires “great quality people” and that he happily welcomes all of the new members to the FPD family and said that the job is “always rewarding.” He also acknowledged the support of the community and the Fairfield mayor and council. Manna reminded the new members to “always keep the public’s trust.”

The new officers include Police Officer James Ciampi, Police Officer Jayson Sickles, Class II Special Police Officer Michael Tilton and Class II Special Police Officer Nicholas Cocchi. Tiffany Thomas was introduced as the new dispatcher.

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Police Officer James Ciampi:

Ciampi, who was raised in Fairfield, obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and a minor in labor studies from Rutgers University. In October of 2016, he was appointed as a Class II Special Police Officer with the FPD.

He attended the Essex County Police Academy as part of the Special Law Enforcement Officer (SLEO) II Class #16-2, where he earned the physical training award. He was hired as a probationary police officer with the FPD on Oct. 24, 2017.

Ciampi was joined at the ceremony by his mother, Rosalie; his father, Greg; his grandmother, Rosina Cafone; and his uncles, John, James and Tom Cafone.

“I wish him good luck,” said Rosalie. “Fairfield has a great police department, and my son is proud to be part of it.”

Police Officer Jayson Sickles:

Sickles, who was raised in Passaic County, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in behavioral and social sciences with a major in criminal justice from Marist College. In October of 2016, he was appointed as a Class II Special Police Officer with the FPD.

He attended the Essex County Police Academy as part of the SLEO II Class #16-2, where he was an executive company officer. He was hired as a probationary police officer with the FPD on Oct. 24, 2017.

Sickles was joined at the ceremony by his mother, Charlene; his father, Mark; his sister, Sara; and Susan and Frank Koza. His mother, who stated that Sickles has worked very hard to make his dreams come true, said that the family is very proud of him.

Class II Special Police Officer Michael Tilton:

Tilton, who was raised in Morris County, graduated from Monmouth University with a Bachelor of Science degree in homeland security. He went on to attend the Essex County Police Academy SLEO II Class #16-1 as a member of the Hoboken Police Department.

While attending the academy, Tilton served as the executive officer for his class. He resigned from the Hoboken Police Department and officially joined the FPD on Nov. 13, 2017. He is the son of retired Fairfield Police Detective Walter Tilton, who served on the department from 1978 to 2000.

His father attended the ceremony along with his mother, Elaine, and his friend, Chayanne Hyde. His mother said that the family is “very, very proud of him.”

“He is a wonderful son and will be a wonderful police officer,” she said, adding that he wanted to be a police officer like his father since he was a young boy.

Remembering their son converting a toy playhouse into a police station as a child, his parents said “he and his friend even made their own police badges.”

Class II Special Police Officer Nicholas Cocchi:

Cocchi, who was raised in Fairfield, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Montclair State University before attending the Essex County Police Academy SLEO II Class #16-2 as a member of the Parsippany Police Department. While there, he was squad leader and earned the Dr. A. Zachary Yamba academic award.

He resigned from the Parsippany Police Department on Nov. 27, 2017 and joined the FPD the same day. Manna explained that since Cocchi joined the Fairfield Police Department on the same day as the council meeting, he had not yet been issued a uniform, as seen in the photos above

Cocchi was joined by his mother, Ann; his father, Frank; his girlfriend, Katelyn Lewis; and her father, John Lewis.

“We are very proud and know he will do a fine job. He has been waiting for this for a long time,” said Ann.  

“This is his dream job,” said Katelyn. “He has been working toward this for a long time. We are so happy it finally came through.”

All the officers thanked the FPD, Chief Manna, the mayor and council, co-workers and their families for this opportunity to serve the Fairfield community.

Dispatcher Tiffany Thomas:

Thomas was raised in Bergen County and graduated from William Paterson University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice with a minor in psychology. Most recently, Thomas served as a full-time dispatcher with the Waldwick, NJ Police Department for approximately five years and a part-time dispatcher with the Allendale Police Department for about a year. She started working for the FPD on Nov. 13, 2017.

Fairfield Mayor James Gasparini welcomed the new members, urging them to stay safe while making the community safe. He is pictured above with members of the council and the  newly hired police officers and dispatcher.

From left to right are: Police Officer Jayson Sickles, Council President Michael McGlynn, Mayor James Gasparini, Councilman John La Forgia, Police Officer James Ciampi, Councilman Thomas Morgan, Dispatcher Tiffany Thomas, Police Chief Anthony Manna, Class II Special Police Officer Michael Tilton and Class II Special Police Officer Nicholas Cocchi.