The North Bergen Police Department swore in seven new cops last week, bringing them up to the highest total number of officers ever: 140.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Our police department is part of the community and the community is part of our department,” Police Chief Peter Fasilis said in a statement.
He also noted that police officers who grew up in the township are more invested in it, understand it better, and are more motivated and engaged.
“It just doesn’t work any other way,” he added.
The new officers are Paul Alvaredo, Anthony C. DeOrio, Michael A Derin, Nicholas Garcia, John P. Nunez, and Al-Abed Taha.
Three of these individuals were already serving as part-time special officers, while the other four will attend a rigorous police training academy in the coming weeks.
This brings the total number of police officers in the department to about 140, the highest number in NBPD history.
Both Mayor Nick Sacco and Fasilis stressed that the safety of the community is paramount to maintaining a high quality of life.
The township’s policy of only hiring local residents has also led to a force that reflects the ethnicity of the municipality. Four of the new officers are Latino, two are Caucasian, and one is Arabic-Caucasian.
Also attending the ceremony were Commissioner Julio Marenco, Freeholder Chairman Anthony Vainieri, Township Administrator Christopher Pianese, EMS Chief David Prina, NHRFR Executive Director Michael DeOrio, Township Attorney Thomas Kobin, among many others.