Recruits Graduate Monmouth County Police Academy







Freehold: Sheriff Shaun Golden is pleased to announce the graduation of 32 newly sworn law enforcement officers from the Monmouth County Police Academy. On December 16, the last day of training, 18 recruits of the 99th Basic Course for Police Officers and 14 recruits from the 50th Basic Course for Class II Special Law Enforcement Officers received their police training commission certifications. An official ceremony was scheduled to be held at the Monmouth County Police Academy on Dec. 18 but was canceled due to the winter storm.

“These fine men and woman demonstrated their commitment to law enforcement by persevering and successfully completing this intense training amid the many challenges they had to meet as a result of the pandemic,” said Sheriff Golden. “Becoming a member of law enforcement is a great privilege, since there is no higher responsibility, than maintaining public safety. I’m proud of their accomplishments and commend all for a job well done.”

Both classes, which were combined due to COVID-19, consisted of 20 weeks with 780 hours of training and run through the Monmouth County Police Academy. The Basic Course for Class II Special Law Enforcement Officers has full police powers while on duty.

All the recruits trained in patrol concepts, defensive driving, professional development, weaponry and unarmed defense, criminal investigation, ethics, emergency medical care and physical training, along with a host of other courses.

As a result of training through the pandemic, lectures and presentations were set up in large classroom settings, with adequate distance apart. The recruits and training officers wore face coverings and followed proper protocol at all times.

Upon successful completion of the police training commission approved curriculum, the officers are well prepared to serve their respective law enforcement agencies.

 “Through their strong commitment, hard work and dedication during these difficult times, we can be sure that the graduates will serve our residents and communities well, as they begin successful careers in law enforcement,” said Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

“These selfless men and women have committed their professional lives to serving in public safety and I applaud them,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office and member of the Police Academy Board of Directors. “Their extensive training and personal character leave them well-prepared for a career in law enforcement and we are truly grateful for their efforts.”

“I would like to thank each of the new police officers for their selfless dedication and service to their community,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “Please know that you will always have the support of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.”

For a downloadable copy of this press release, click here:  News Release – Recruits Graduate from Monmouth County Police Academy Dec. 2020



Academic Award

Joseph P. McGovern/50th SLEO II
Sea Bright PD

Marksmanship Award/Outstanding Award

Nicholas M. Racanelli/99thBCPO
Stafford Township PD

Physical Training Award

Gordon J. VonSchmidt/99thBCPO
Stafford Township PD

Traffic Officers Association Award

Nicholas Massaro/50th SLEO II
Keyport PD

Merit Award  
Jeffrey T. Lewandowski/50th SLEO II
Spring Lake PD


AUGUST 3 – DECEMBER  16 , 2020



BRYANT, Hakim K. Aberdeen
VELIZ, Jr., Jose L  Aberdeen
VETTER, Christopher F Aberdeen
EARHART, Alex Freehold Township
McTIGUE, Jake Freehold Township
MONAHAN, Thomas Freehold Township
TOSCANI, Louis Freehold Township
LISOWSKI, Timothy J Kean University
VAZQUEZ, Noe J Kean University
MITCHELL, Matthew F. Keyport
PULEO, Andrew Somerset County Sheriff
KENNY, Sean Stafford Township
RACANELLI, Nicholas M. Stafford Township
SMITH, Christopher T. Stafford Township
Von SCHMIDT, Gordon J. Stafford Township
GONCALVES, Hernani A Stevens Institute of Technology
HOFFMAN, Erica M Atlantic Highlands
PACHECO, III, Felix Steven Institute of Technology
AUGUST 3 – DECEMBER 16, 2020



ACOSTA, Bryan H. Guttenberg
ALIOTO, Guiseppe Long Branch
KIM, Seunwoo M. Avon
LaBELLA, Joseph J. Avon
LEWANDOWSKI, Jeffrey T. Spring Lake
LOZANO, Andres F. Guttenberg
MALONE, Troy J. Rumson
MASSARO, Nicholas Keyport
McGOVERN, Joseph P. Sea Bright
McGRADY, Matthew T. Spring Lake
RAMIREZ, Rafael Long Branch
SAULYS, Nicholas P. Avon
SLAVIN, Devon R. Long Branch
PALMER, Hunter Sea Girt