A total of seven Hudson County Sheriff’s Office investigators and 20 officers were sworn in in front of friends and family at the William J. Brennan Courthouse in a ceremony led byÂ Sheriff Frank Schillari.
â€œThis is a great day for the Hudson County Sheriffâ€™s Office where we can add 27 new officers to our ranks, to better serve and protect the people of Hudson County, all the judges in the court houses,” Schillari said.
â€œWe have two court houses here and the sheriffâ€™s responsibility, top priority, is to maintain security, protect the judges, jurors, people who come in and out of the courthouses daily, besides our 24-hour, 7-day a week patrol.â€
Before the swearing in, both Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5) both emphasized the importance of new officersâ€™ responsibility.
â€œI hope that the candidates look upon this as a career opportunity and not just a job,â€ shared DeGise.
â€œThat badge is something to be proud off and to be worn with pride and to make sure that itâ€™s never tarnished because youâ€™re representing the many diverse communities of this great county,â€ Romano, a retired Hoboken police captain, pointed out.
Hudson County Assignment Judge Peter Bariso, Jr. also mentioned that â€œthe first person they see is the sheriffâ€™s office and that sets the tone for everything that happens after thatâ€ before swearing in all 27 officers.
During the ceremony, Schillari thanked DeGise, Romano and Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders Chairman Anthony Vainieri (D-8).
â€œThey make sure we have funding to hire officers, to get our equipment, to keep everybody safe and protecting people of Hudson county. Thank you Tom for always putting the Sheriffâ€™s Office first. Thank you Freeholder Romano and Freeholder Vainieri.
Schillari also announced that 30 additional recruits will be attending the academy in July.