WESTFIELD, NJ — Four police officers’ promotions were formalized, including the town’s first-ever woman lieutenant, during the Town Council meeting Tuesday.

Four newly hired police officers were also sworn in.

Police Chief Christopher Battiloro spoke proudly of the officers and reminded them that serving their town is a privilege.

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“To hold these positions, to wear these uniforms, and to carry these badges is an incredible privilege, it is not a right,” Battiloro said. “Be thankful for what you have achieved.”

Nicole Stivale was promoted to lieutenant of police, being the first woman to ever serve as a lieutenant for the Westfield Police Department. Marcin Kapka was also promoted to lieutenant.

Piotr Wierzbicki and Elizabeth Savnik were promoted to detectives.

Donald Picciano, Anthony Perconte, Alexis Forero and Markovy Jacques were sworn in as police officers.

The promotions and appointments formalized Tuesday bring the department to full staff with 61 sworn law enforcement officers and 28 civilian employees, Battiloro said.

The swearing in ceremony came two days after International Women’s Day, a day which Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle spoke proudly of for both the women police officers and Westfield High School women athletes, who were also recognized at the meeting for recent championships for their school sports’ teams.

“You’re amazing,” Brindle told the athletes. “You’re an inspiration.” 

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