ROSELAND, NJ — As proud family members and colleagues looked on, three Roseland police officers were promoted to the rank of sergeant during Tuesday’s borough council meeting.

As he swore the officers into their new positions, Mayor James Spango noted that the officers who were once their peers would now be their subordinates.

“You must separate business from personal, and they must respect your rank of sergeant,” he said. “You will be the highest ranking officer in the field at times and that the buck will stop with you. You are charged in not only protecting our great borough but those officers who you will directly lead and set an example for and make sure they get home safely to their families.”

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By seniority, first to be sworn in was Officer David Courter, who joined the Roseland Police Department in April of 1994 after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from the University of Delaware. Courter has served as the president, secretary, treasurer and trustee of the West Essex Police Benevolent Association local #81. His wife held the Bible as he took his oath.

Next to be sworn into new position was Det. Raymond Boulard as his children held the Bible and his wife looked on. Boulard began his career with Roseland Police Department in 2001.

Officer Michael Luongo also rose to the rank of sergeant while his son held the bible and his wife stood by his side. Luongo coincidentally began on the same day as Boulard in 2001.

Chief Richard McDonough congratulated the officers, noting that they had more than 60 years of experience combined and that the department’s intent “is to lead together, move forward and protect this community.”