FAIRFIELD, NJ — Class II Special Police Officers Daniel Kalinowski and Raymond Kassas were sworn into service during the Fairfield mayor and council meeting on Monday.
Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna introduced both officers to the council and the public, explaining that both officers graduated from the Passaic County Police Academy on Sept. 7 as part of Special Police Class 18-09.
“This is quite a notable accomplishment, as they both attended the police academy on a part time basis for approximately six months, while still attending to either their full-time job or college student responsibilities, all as a first step in realizing their dream of becoming a full time police officer,” said Manna. “We are extremely pleased to have both of them as our newest members of our police force.”
Kalinowski served in the United States Marine Corps from 2011 to 2015. At the police academy graduation ceremony, it was announced that he earned the marksmanship award distinguishing him as the top shooter in his class.
Kassas is a former Class I Special Police Officer with the Haledon Police Department. He currently attends Berkley College in Woodland Park, where he is working toward his bachelor degree. He is scheduled to graduate in April 2019. Kassas is the nephew of Prospect Park Chief of Police Charles Atie.
Fairfield Mayor James Gasparini congratulated both officers and welcomed them to the police force.
Kalinowski said that he is excited to serve, and he is looking forward to a very rewarding experience in serving Fairfield.
“I appreciate all the support from my family and friends,” he said.
Kalinowski’s wife, Jamie, said her husband always wanted this job, and that it is an honor.
Kassas said that it was an honor to be given this opportunity by the mayor and council as well as Chief Manna to serve the Fairfield community.
“Thank you to all who have supported me through this journey,” he said.
Kassas’ mother, Micheline Attieh, said she was very proud of her son.
Pictured above (from left) are: Council President John LaForgia, Mayor James Gasparini, Police Chief Anthony Manna, Class II Special Police Officer Daniel Kalinowski, Class II Special Police Officer Raymond Kassas, Councilman Thomas Morgan and Councilman Joseph Cifelli.