MIDDLETOWN – Five military veterans are the newest recruits selected to join the Middletown Police Department. The Township marked the occasion by issuing ceremonial oaths of office to the five Monmouth County residents at August 20th Township Committee meeting.
Once the officers complete their Police Academy training, they will enter directly into the Middletown Police Department’s Field Training Program. All new officers spend their first 12 weeks on Patrol with a Field Training Officer, said Chief Robert Oches.
Patrol Officer Thomas J Hughes
Thomas J. Hughes is a 27-year-old Middletown resident and a volunteer firefighter. Hughes is a graduate of the Marine Academy of Science and Technology. He served in the United States Marines and attained the rank of sergeant. Hughes is a former Middletown Police Explorer and has served as a Special Crossing Guard for the department.
Patrol Officer Scott M. Davis
Scott M Davis, a 30-year-old Port Monmouth resident, has served as a Middletown Police dispatcher since 2010. Davis, a Middletown High School North graduate, served in the United States Marines and attained the rank of corporal. He is currently attending Brookdale Community College in pursuit of a degree in Criminal Justice.
Patrol Officer Kent A. Thornton
Kent A Thornton, a 27-year-old Long Branch resident, served in the United States Marines and attained the rank of corporal. Thornton, a Long Branch High School graduate, attended Brookdale Community College and New Jersey City University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in National Security Studies. Patrolman Thorton and his wife, Felecia, have one child.
Patrol Officer Ricardo Cruz
Ricardo Cruz, a 31-year-old Manalapan resident, is a Christian Brothers Academy graduate and has served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve. He attended Cabrini College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy. Cruz previously worked with troubled youth at the Children’s Psychiatric Center, Behavioral Healthcare of New Jersey.
Patrol Officer Andrew D. Siciliano
Andrew D. Siciliano, a 26-year-old Long Branch resident, served in the United States Marines and attained the rank of corporal. He is a graduate of Ocean Township High School.
In addition, Patrolmen Daniel E. Benbrook accepted a ceremonial oath of office to mark his return to the Middletown Police Department. Benbrook is being reinstated following his recovery from a disabling injury.
Patrolman Daniel E. Benbrook
Benbrook, a Port Monmouth resident, joined the force in 2000. He is a United States Army Veteran and has served as a military police officer. Benbrook, an Upsala College graduate with a degree in Criminal Justice, has also served on the Holmdel Police Department, the Bayshore Narcotics Task Force and the Bayshore Task Force Entry Team.