FAIRFIELD, NJ — Fairfield Township Mayor James Gasparini swore in three new police officers at the mayor and council meeting on Monday, including Brian Geisler, Christopher Yoo and Louis Bisciotti.
Fairfield Chief of Police Anthony Manna introduced the three officers, stating that the officers underwent an “extensive process” in order to be hired to the Fairfield Police Department.
“They are the cream of the crop of the people we interviewed,” said Manna.
The chief welcomed them saying that the Fairfield Police Department is a “great place to work.” He added that the job is an exciting profession, but it is in the camaraderie and interaction between police officers that makes it more than a job.
The first officer to be sworn in was Officer Brian Geisler, who is a veteran of the United States Army and was honorably discharged after serving from 2007-2011. He most recently served as a Class 2 special police officer with the Dover Police Department until his appointment with the Fairfield Police Department.
Geisler said that he is very happy to be part of the Fairfield Police Department and is looking forward to having a successful career there.
Officer Christopher Yoo most recently served as a deputy sheriff with the Essex County Sheriff’s Department until his appointment with the Fairfield Police Department. He earned a degree in criminal justice from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He also speaks Spanish, which is an added benefit to the department, according to Manna.
Yoo thanked the mayor and council and Chief Manna for giving him this opportunity that “fulfills a life-long dream” of becoming a police officer and becoming part of the Fairfield Police Department’s family.
Officer Louis Bisciotti served as an officer with the East Orange Police Department from May 2016 until his appointment to Fairfield. He earned a degree in computer graphics/new media from Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island.
“I told Chief Manna that last year I got my dream career as an East Orange police officer, and now, I not only have my dream career, but I am working in my dream department in Fairfield,” said Bisciotti.
Geisler, Yoo and Bisciotti will undergo an 8-to 12-week field-training program before being assigned to the department’s patrol division. Geisler and Yoo also will be attending 40 additional hours at one of the state’s police academies in order to receive the Police Training Commission certification as a full-time police officer. Bisciotti has already received this certification.
Manna thanked the mayor and council and the township administrator for their support.
“We are extremely excited over the hiring of these three very capable individuals and commend the mayor and council in their endless support of the police department and their ongoing commitment in keeping our community safe and secure,” he said.
Manna said that the positions were open due to the reorganization of the department. The reorganization and retirements opened gaps in squads, he said. These three new appointments will even out the number of members in each squad.
Gasparini said Yoo hit the nail on the head when he said the police department is a family. He praised the department and said the new members will fit right in.
During the meeting, the mayor and council also passed an ordinance authorizing the establishment of a Special Law Enforcement Officer Class III position.
According to a new state law that established this new position, the officer getting this job will be a retired police officer, uniformed and armed, and “when on school property during times when students and staff are present and/or anytime they are going to and from the school, would have the same authority to take police action as a full-time law enforcement officer.”
Three such officers will be appointed to each of the Fairfield public schools for protection as desired by the superintendent of the Fairfield Township school district.