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Seven officers got the nod.

Seven officers of the North Bergen Police Department received promotions on Sept. 23. Police Chief Peter Fasilis served as master of ceremonies for the Oath of Office Ceremony.

Promoted to sergeant were Constantinos Apostolakos, Kaylan Tarabocchia, and Yusef Yousef. Promoted to lieutenant were Edward Moyano and Anthony Caramucci. Promoted to deputy chief were David Corbisiero and Robert Farley, Jr.

Supporting cops

Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Public Safety Commissioner Allen Pascual offered their congratulations to the officers. They spoke about the township’s commitment to funding and supporting the police department, before swearing in the officers.

“I would like to congratulate the North Bergen Police Department on the promotions,” Sacco said. “We are proud to see the continued growth of the NBPD under Chief Fasilis. We are grateful to these brave men and women who keep our town safe day in and day out.”

First time for everything

This was Chief Fasilis’s first time hosting a promotion ceremony after being sworn in on May 2, taking the helm through the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, among other major developments.

Fasilis spoke of the township’s commitment to community policing, and noted that the department would be hiring new officers next month.

Pastor Paul Haviland offered the invocation and benediction, with Lt. Victor Queiro providing the welcome address. Also attending were Commissioners Hugo Cabrera and Julio Marenco, Freeholder Anthony Vainieri, Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari, Township Commissioner Chris Pianese, and many other township and regional officials.

The ceremony took place in the North Bergen Recreation Center. Families, friends, and supporters sat comfortably, maintaining social distancing while expressing their support for the newly promoted officers.

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