The North Bergen Police Department held a swearing-in ceremony for four, new, Special Law Enforcement Officers on Tuesday at Town Hall. The Class II officers will work on a part time basis after spending 6 months training at the Passaic County Police Academy.
The new recruits, three men and one woman, bring the Department’s Class II officers to 13. They will have all the powers of a regular township police officer while they are on duty. They will not while off duty.
When police departments across the country faced calls for defunding, Mayor Nicholas Sacco, Public Safety Commissioner Allen Pascual and Police Chief Peter Fasilis say the township remained committed to maintaining a strong police presence. Adding additional officers is a part of that commitment.
The hope is that these new, Class II officers will. eventually become full-time officers within the department.