North Bergen swears in new police officers

The township has welcomed four special police officers

North Bergen has welcomed four new police officers.

Mayor Nicholas Sacco, Police Chief Peter Fasilis, and Public Safety Commissioner Allen Pascual presided over an Oath of Office Ceremony on Tuesday, July 12. During the ceremony, four new Special Law Enforcement Officer Class II Recruits (SLEO II) were sworn in to the North Bergen Police Department.

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“These officers reflect the outstanding level of talent and commitment commonly found in North Bergen,” said Fasilis. “Their professionalism is a crucial part of establishing a lifelong, positive relationship with the community. Please keep them in your prayers to keep them safe and secure as they complete their difficult training and begin performing their duties.”

Nicholas Manocchio was born in North Bergen and graduated on the Dean’s List from St. Thomas Aquinas College with a Masters in Business. He was varsity co-captain of his soccer team at Ridgefield High School and is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Javier Garcia-Riancho was born in Cuba and is currently finishing his Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He joined the army and served two combat deployments.

Gabrielle Rich comes from a family of military and law enforcement officers and has a Masters in Criminal Investigations. She currently works for the NBPD as a communications operator and will become the 21st female law enforcement officer in the department.

Joshua Rivas is a lifelong resident of North Bergen and a graduate of NBHS. He currently works as a security guard at Palisades Medical Center. He attended Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida, where his uncle is a police officer.

Also in attendance were many proud family members and representatives from the township administration and the police department. Pastor Steven Germoso performed the invocation and benediction.

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