New officers ready to join ranks of law enforcement

By Sherry conohan
Staff Writer

By Sherry conohan
Staff Writer

Nine local men were among 29 new Special II police officers sworn in with the 28th graduation for Class II special law enforcement officers at the Monmouth County Police Academy in Freehold Township.

Among the graduates were:

Dennis M. Cleary, Miguel N. Guarda, Herbert D. Kreuz and Alex A. Riveroll, all of Long Branch; Michael S. DiLieto of West Long Branch; James Kelesidis of Ocean Township; Peter J. Farmer of Monmouth Beach; and James A. McCue Jr. and Richard M. Torres of Sea Bright.

Kreuz won the class’s marksmanship award.

Wesley Mayo, Sr., director of the police academy, explained that a Special II has the same powers as a regular police officer when on duty. But unlike a regular police officer, a Special II has no arrest powers when off duty, he said.

Mayo said a Special II also is authorized to carry a gun when on duty, but must leave his or her gun at the police station when going off duty.

A Special I police officer does not have the authority to carry a gun and has no arrest powers whatsoever, according to Mayo. He said a Special I is limited to writing tickets for violations of city ordinances, checking beach passes, helping with crowd control, directing traffic and the like.

Mayo said a Special II police officer undergoes 600 hours of training at the police academy during classes which are held three days a week for 39 weeks from August to May. A regular police officer receives over 700 hours of training, he said. He added that a Special 1 receives 77 hours of training over 13 days.

Special police officers typically work part-time, as needed by municipalities.

Only municipalities may appoint special officers. County agencies, such as sheriff’s departments, and park police and college campus police, are not authorized to appoint specials. A person cannot serve as a special officer in more than one municipality at the same time. Likewise, a full-time police officer cannot be appointed as a special officer to work in another community.