West New York Police Department promotes 6 officers, swears in 5 new recruits

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The West New York Police Department promoted six officers, while also swearing in five new recruits, during a ceremony on Wednesday.

From left to right: new West New York Police Officers Gudiel Ventura, Jeffrey Giron, Erica Sotamba, Anthony Tapia, and Francisco Escobar. Instagram photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Our recently promoted Law Enforcement officers have been with the Town for many years, each having a long list of accolades,” Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez said in a statement.

“The Town of West New York is extremely proud and grateful to have each and every one of these devoted officers on the police force.”

The six promotions saw Lieutenant Marcos Garciga and Lieutenant Erwin Moreno named to Captain, Sergeant Kareem Shabazz and Sergeant Edward Rivera moving up to lieutenant, and Officers James Campoverde and Yosbel Mompellier receiving the rank of sergeant.

Additionally, the new recruits are: Gudiel Ventura, Jeffrey Giron, former West New York EMT Erica Sotamba, Anthony Tapia, and Francisco Escobar.

Two of the recruits will be attending the new Hudson County Police Academy while the other three will be attending the Bergen County Police Academy for approximately six months.

“It always brings me great joy to swear in new Law Enforcement Officers that serve our community and keep the residents of our Town safe,” added Rodriguez.

This is the second round of promotions and third round of new hires under this administration, with the first promotions taking place on February 19th, 2020.