The Bayonne Police Department is expanding, adding several new members and promoting a number of other police officers.
The department held a ceremony at City Hall in the Council Chambers for seven new police officers and 18 newly-promoted officers on Feb. 6, according to a press release.
Mayor Jimmy Davis, City Council Members, Public Safety Director Robert Kubert, and Police Chief Robert Geisler were present at the ceremony to honor the police force and offered remarks.
Mayor Davis said to the new officers that having a police career is “something you must cherish.” During the ceremony, he congratulated the families of the police recruits and the newly promoted officers.
The 7 new police officers are Andrea Urbanski, Modesto Ramirez, Esperanza Penaranda, Michael Troglio, Sameh Hanna, Victor Munoz, and Isaias Mercado.
“You have joined one of the finest police departments around,” City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski told the new officers. Speaking to the police officers, she also congratulated the promotees on their advancement and their years of service.
Addressing the new police officers, Chief Geisler described the position of police officer as “the best job in the world.” In his remarks to the officers, Geisler told the new recruits that they would be held to a higher standard.
Chief Geisler advised the new recruits to “treat others as you would want to be treated.” During the ceremony, he congratulated the newly promoted officers, and thanked Mayor Davis and the City Council for recognizing the need for promotions.
The 18 promoted officers include five new captains, six new lieutenants, and seven new sergeants. According to the press release, the new officers were hired and existing officers were promoted due to retirements in the Police Department.
Concerning the promoted officers, Director Kubert said that he had “watched them all develop,” and that he “considered it an honor” to work with them. In his remarks, he suggested to the new officers that they should take after their newly promoted colleagues.
“This is who you want to be,” Kubert said in his address to the police officers. “Try and follow them.”
The five new captains are James Donovan, Carlos Betancourth, Joseph Spiers, Eric Amato, and Timothy Wilgus.
The six newly promoted lieutenants are Tomasz Malinowski, Christopher Foster, Andrew Quinn, Lauren Brattole, Thomas Hojnacki, and Kevin Lapinski,
The seven new sergeants are Anthony Larwa, Joseph Kowalski, Doaa Salama, Charles Nadrowski, Kenneth Maak, Matthew May, and Matthew McGillis.
The ceremony at City Hall honored the new police officers and these newly promoted officers.
The entrance procession was led by the Bayonne Police Department Honor Guard and the Bayonne Police Pipes and Drums. Police Officer Karol Kruczyk led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Father John Fencik offered the invocation and the benediction. That was followed by a rendition of Amazing Grace played by the Police Pipes and Drums.
Deputy Police Chief Walter Rogers recited the police biographies. Afterwards, City Clerk Madelene Medina administered the oaths of office.
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