Mayor John E. McCormac announced today the appointment of 13 new police officers to the ranks of the Woodbridge Township Police Department – eight officers have completed the state-mandated police training program at the Union and Somerset County Police Training Academies and will immediately take-up patrol assignments; five new police recruits will begin the six-month police academy training program for assignment in mid-2012. The appointments were approved after each recruit successfully completed an extensive testing and eligibility process overseen by the New Jersey Department of Personnel, Department of Community Affairs, and the Woodbridge Police Department interview team.
"I am pleased to announce the appointment of 13 new police officers and recruits to the ranks of the Woodbridge Township Police Department,” Mayor McCormac said. “I have consistently indicated that the public safety mission is our most important priority. As a result of our commitment to public safety, combined with the increased assignment of uniformed officers to street patrol, the Woodbridge Police Department continues to report a decline in overall crime in 2011. It is our goal to continue to maintain our police ranks at maximum staffing levels to effectively protect public safety.”Joining Mayor McCormac to announce the appointment of the new police recruits were Police Director Robert Hubner and Deputy Police Director Joseph Nisky, Municipal Clerk John Mitch, ranking members and patrol officers of the WPD, and family and friends. The Woodbridge Township Municipal Council offered congratulations to the new police officers and recruits on their appointment and assignment to patrol responsibilities.
According to Mayor McCormac, each officer and recruit has an exemplary background, including eight military veterans having served active tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each are forward-thinking individuals who have expressed dedication to the task of becoming a Woodbridge Township police officer and career law enforcement professional.
The eight police officers beginning patrol assignments are:
Bryan Fredrick Dorward: Police Officer Dorward, 30, Iselin. 1999 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School and N.J. Institute of Technology. Officer Dorward joins the WPD after a successful career in the private sector working as a surveyor with William Held Associates since 1998.
John Xavier Janowski: Police Officer Janowski, 25, Sewaren. 2008 graduate of Ramapo College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Society and 2004 graduate of Woodbridge High School. Previously employed as a Corrections Officer with the Middlesex County Department of Corrections.
David Michael Hughes: Police Officer Hughes, 25, Woodbridge. Attended St. John’s University majoring in Criminal Justice studies and 2003 graduate of Woodbridge High School. Member of the WPD Auxiliary police force since 2007.
Rafael Soares Marinho: Police Officer Marinho, 25, Avenel. Veteran of the United States Army with service in Iraq as a member of the Indirect Fire Infantry. Officer Marinho received an Honorable discharge from active service in 2008 and continued to serve in the National Guard until September 2011. Previously served as a Corrections Officer for the New Jersey Department of Corrections.
Nicole Helen Hubner: Police Office Hubner, 23, Colonia. Attended Richard Stockton College with studies in criminal justice; 2006 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School. Employed as 9-1-1 dispatch operator with the WPD Office of Emergency and Telecommunication Services since 2007.
Robert Francis Montalvo Jr.: Police Officer Montalvo, 26, Woodbridge. 2007 graduate of the College of New Jersey with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice; 2003 graduate of Cardinal McCarrick High School in South Amboy. Employed as a 9-1-1 dispatcher operator with the WPD Office of Emergency and Telecommunication Services since 2008.
Thomas James Ratajczak: Police Officer Ratajczak, 23, Fords and Hopelawn. 2010 graduate of Kean University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice; 2008 graduate of Middlesex County Community College with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice; 2006 graduate of Woodbridge High School.
Marco G. Bruno: Police Officer Bruno, 25, Woodbridge. Former U.S. Marine with service in Iraq as a member of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Graduate of Thomas Edison State College with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice; graduate of Middlesex County Community College with an Associate degree in Criminal Justice; 2005 graduate of Woodbridge High School. Previously employed with the Middlesex County Department of Corrections as a Juvenile Corrections Officer. Graduate of the Somerset County Police Academy.
Five WPD recruits – all military veterans - appointed to the Monmouth County police academy will undergo training in January, 2012:
- Brian Kevin Joseph, 30, Sewaren
- Jeian Rastegarpanah, 29, Port Reading
- Amanda Felicies, 26, Fords
- Alejandro Ovidio Vasquez, 29, Keasbey
- Gary Wayne Hubbard, Jr., 30, Woodbridge
“These new police officers and recruits have demonstrated a commitment to serve their community. Their training has, and will, prepare them for service as New Jersey’s finest law enforcement officers. I welcome them to the ranks of the Woodbridge Township Police Department,” said Director Hubner.
Annual crime statistics compiled by the New Jersey State Police Uniform Crime Reporting Unit reported an overall 12.6 percent drop in crime for Woodbridge Township for the period Jan. – June 2011, making Woodbridge Township the safest large urban municipality in the state of New Jersey.