FAIRFIELD, NJ — Four Class II Special Police Officer candidates—James Ciampi, Paul Cicchetti, Jayson Sickles and Michael Bariso—at the monthly meeting of the Fairfield mayor and council on Oct. 21.

According to Police Chief Anthony Manna, Class II officers are used by many police departments to help supplement the duties of full time officers. These officers attend a regular police academy several nights a week and for a full day on Saturdays.

Upon completion of their training, these candidates graduate 40-hours short of becoming a full-time New Jersey Police Training Commission certified full-time police officer. Still they have the ability to carry firearms while on duty, to issue citations and to make arrests.

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“This is a great and cost-effective way to help expand our department and to have additional, part-time officers available for our citizens should we encounter any natural disasters such as floods, for helping to secure our municipal court and schools and to assist at large gatherings and special events,” said Manna. 

The candidates began their training at the Essex County Police Academy on October 15, 2016 and are scheduled to graduate in April 2017.