FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Police Academy graduated 22 police officers May 27, most of whom will go on to become full-time patrol officers in their respective communities.

The graduating class trained for 21 weeks and logged in about 790 hours of training in order to complete the 79th Basic Course for Police Officers.

In the graduation address, Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry told the new officers they are now community leaders and role models.

“Today, you have earned the right to serve your communities as police officers,” Burry said. “This is a great privilege because there is no higher responsibility than serving our communities.”

“You cannot put a price on public service – not because it is an ambitious notion, but because it is so deeply ingrained that its true value is never apparent,” she said. “It is more than each beat that you walk and each shift you complete. It is your reputation, your integrity, your life. I am confident you will succeed because of the training you received here from the county’s highly qualified instructors.”

Six of the 22 graduates are participants in the Alternate Route Program. These officers attended the Police Academy at their own expense prior to being hired by a police department. Six other officers were already special law enforcement officers before attending this program. All six were sponsored by their respective communities and will become police officers in those towns.

Monmouth County Sheriff Sean Golden also praised the new police officers for pursuing a career in public service. “By successfully completing their training, these fine men and women have demonstrated their commitment to law enforcement. I commend them for a job well done.”

Police Academy Director John G. McCormack said the new officers are trained and ready to begin protecting citizens in the communities they will serve.

“You have chosen a cause as well as a profession,” McCormack said. “Today you become a part of a larger police family. Good policing depends on how well you build a relationship with your community.  If you do it right, you will make a difference.”

Award winners are:  Gregory W. Parisi, Merit Award; Peter J. Saker III, Traffic Safety Award; Daniel J. Mazzucola, Physical Training and Outstanding Trainee awards; Philip F. Jackson, Academic Award; Kevin J. Michael, Marksmanship Award.

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*  A list of graduates is attached


Graduates of Monmouth County’s 79th Basic Course for Police Officers and the towns/agency where they will work:

Transicto J. Armantrading                 Avon ++

Ryan J. Brand                                    Alternate Route

Carrie Colbert                                     Asbury Park

Brad J. Dias                                        Alternate Route*

Keith P. Gould                                    Little Egg Harbor

Theodore Hojnacki                             West Windsor++

Joseph V. Iannone, Jr.                        Alternate Route*

Justin Insalaco                                    West Windsor++

Phillip F. Jackson                               Ocean Township

Joshua J. Kuhlein                               Toms River

Adam J. LaCicero                               Lavallette

Daniel A. Liptak                                 Alternate Route*

Anthony Marone                                Asbury Park

Mark Mazzeo                                     Neptune City++

Daniel J. Mazzucola                           Alternate Route*

Kevin Michael                                    Asbury Park

Gregory W. Parisi                              Asbury Park

Michael A. Pecoraro                          Marlboro++

Leanne Petracca                                 Ocean Township (Ocean County)++

Carmelo Quetell                                 Alternate Route*

Peter J. Saker III                                 Toms River

Bernard J. Silverstein                         Alternate Route*


* Alternate Route depicts a graduate who paid his own way through the police training academy prior to being hired by a police department.

++ Indicates a graduate who is already a Special Law Enforcement Officer before attending this program. Graduates received a training waiver for a portion of the program already completed.