North Bergen swore in four new special police officers at a Township Hall ceremony for friends and family on Tuesday afternoon.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“These officers reflect the outstanding level of talent and commitment commonly found in North Bergen,” Police Chief Peter Fasilis said in a statement.
“Their professionalism is a crucial part of establishing a lifelong, positive relationship with the community. Please keep them in your prayers to keep them safe and secure as they complete their difficult training and begin performing their duties.”
He provided a brief bio of the candidates along with their history with the department.
First off, Nicholas Manocchio was born in North Bergen and graduated on the Dean’s List from St. Thomas Aquinas College with a Masters in Business. He was varsity co-captain of his soccer team at Ridgefield High School and is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Next, Javier Garcia-Riancho was born in Cuba and is currently finishing his Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He joined the army and served two combat deployments.
Additionally, Gabrielle Rich comes from a family of military and law enforcement officers and has a Masters in Criminal Investigations. She currently works for the NBPD as a communications operator and will become the 21st female law enforcement officer in the department.
Finally, Joshua Rivas is a lifelong resident of North Bergen and a graduate of NBHS. He currently works as a security guard at Palisades Medical Center. He attended Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida, where his uncle is a police officer.
State Senator (D-32)/Mayor Nick Sacco, Public Safety Commissioner Allen Pascual, and Fasilis presided over an Oath of Office Ceremony, while Pastor Steven Germoso performed the invocation and benediction.