82 young men and women were sworn in as law enforcement officers today during their graduation ceremony from the Monmouth County Police Academy at Neptune High School’s Performing Arts Center, according to an announcement by Sheriff Shaun Golden.
43 officers completed the Basic Course for Police Officers, a 19 week program with 780 hours of training. 39 completed the Basic Course for Class II Special Law Enforcement Officers, a three month program that consists of approximately 600 hours of training with full police powers while on duty. Both classes are run through the Monmouth County Police Academy and upon completion the officers are well trained and well prepared to serve their respective law enforcement agencies.
The new officers’ training was sponsored by jurisdictions in Monmouth, Middlesex, Mercer and Burlington counties.
“By successfully completing this training, these fine men and women have demonstrated their commitment to law enforcement,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden, whose agency had three sheriff’s officers graduate. “That is a great privilege, since there is no higher responsibility, than maintaining public safety. I’m proud of their accomplishments and commend all for a job well done.”
Golden, Police Academy Director David Morris, Chief Terrence Mahon, Avon-By-The-Sea and Acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni presented the graduates with their certificates.
Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, who gave the graduation address, said, “These graduates have completed a rigorous training program, at a prime police academy from Monmouth County’s highly qualified instructors. I have no doubt they will all embark on successful careers in law enforcement.”