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 by Sheriff Frank Schillari.
“This is a great day for the Hudson County Sheriff’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.
“We have two court houses here and the sheriff’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.”
Before the swearing in, both Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5) both emphasized the importance of new officers’ responsibility.
“I hope that the candidates look upon this as a career opportunity and not just a job,” shared DeGise.
“That badge is something to be proud off and to be worn with pride and to make sure that it’s never tarnished because you’re representing the many diverse communities of this great county,” Romano, a retired Hoboken police captain, pointed out.
Hudson County Assignment Judge Peter Bariso, Jr. also mentioned that “the first person they see is the sheriff’s office and that sets the tone for everything that happens after that” 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).
“They 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 Sheriff’s Office first. Thank you Freeholder Romano and Freeholder Vainieri.
Schillari also announced that 30 additional recruits will be attending the academy in July.