MIDDLETOWN – The Middletown Township Committee welcomed the newest members of the Middletown Township Police Auxiliary to the ranks at the July meeting. They are are Philip Paone, John Mania, Matthew Rabinowitz, Kaitlyn Robertson, John Svenda, Catherine Simplot, Gregory Tiven, and Kevin Toomey.

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From left Sgt. William Colangelo; Auxiliary Officer Kaitlyn Robertson, Catherine Simplot,  John Svenda, Gregory Tiven, John Mania and Kevin Toomey; Mayor Anthony Fiore; Auxiliary Office Matthew Rabinowitz and Philip Paone; and Police Chief Robert Oches

The Auxiliary Officers are graduates of the 45th Middlesex County Basic Auxiliary Police Academy. The course consisted of 167 hours of instruction in various areas, such as: traffic direction and control, crowd control, preservation of evidence, police investigation, ethics, and first aid. The officers will also undergo local training in the Middletown Police Auxiliary Field Training Program.

“On behalf of all the residents of Middletown, we appreciate the effort and hard work you put in to help us. We couldn’t do what we do without great volunteers such as you,” said Mayor Anthony P. Fiore. He noted the Police Auxiliary Unit donated more than 8,000 hours to assist the community in 2010.

The Middletown Auxiliary Police is a 100% volunteer organization that falls under the direction of the Middletown Office of Emergency Management.  An Auxiliary Police Officer performs general law enforcement functions, which includes street patrol, conducting preliminary police investigations, report writing, traffic control, issuance of citations, and other basic law enforcement functions.  They are utilized at special events such as parades, street fairs, and security for community events and during weather and other emergencies.

Auxiliary Officer Biographies

Philip Paone
Mr. Paone is a resident of Middletown, he resides in Belford. He is employed at Domino’s Pizza, Keansburg NJ. He is currently serving as a volunteer fireman (Port Monmouth) and has NAED Certification, Red Cross AED & CPR, Firefighter #1. He completed the Monmouth County Vocational Law Enforcement Program.

John Mania
Mr. Paone is a resident of Middletown, he resides in the Fairview section of the town. He is employed at Middletown Parks and Recreation. He is currently serving as a volunteer fireman and has NAED Certification, Red Cross AED & CPR, ICS 100, 200 and NIMS 700 certified. He is currently attending Brookdale Community College.

Matthew Rabinowitz
Mr. Rabinowitz is a resident of Middletown, he resides in Lincroft. He is employed at Pizza Maker/MJ’s Pizza Bar and Grill. He is currently attending Brookdale Community College

Kaitlyn Robertson
Ms. Robertson is a resident of Middletown. She is a full time student at Fairleigh Dickinson College and is a Criminal Justice Major.

John Svenda
Mr. Svenda is a resident of Middletown. He is employed as a Manager in Sales at ARMtech in Newark, NJ. Mr. Svenda’s hobby is comedy. He has been CPR certified in the past. He has memberships in American Legion Jersey Boys State, Middletown Elks lodge #2179 and Susan G. Koman “race for cure”

Mr. Svenda graduated from The Middlesex County Auxiliary Police Academy with the high academics award.

Catherine Simplot
Ms. Simplot is a resident of Holmdel, she is permitted to volunteer as an Auxiliary Police Officer because her township does not have an Auxiliary Police Program. She is employed at TGIF Hazlet, NJ. She has been certified in EMT-B program through Monmouth Hospital in Long Branch

Gregory Tiven
Mr. Tiven is a resident of Middletown. He is a Wrecker/Truck Driver for the County Of Monmouth. He is a volunteer firefighter with East Keansburg and Belford Independent Fire Departments.

Kevin Toomey
Mr. Tooney is a resident of Middletown. He is currently employed with GEM Ambulance Company. He is a volunteer First Aid member of Middletown First Aid, a member of the Middletown Field Communications Unit and a former Chief of the Police Explorers. He is EMT-B, CPR Certified, ICS 100, 200, 300 and 700 CEVO, BTC and EMD Trained.