Officer Chris Robell was promoted to sergeant and Sgt. Anthony Alcott was promoted to lieutenant during an hour-long ceremony held before about 60 people inside Township Committee chambers in Town Hall.
â€śIâ€™m impressed with the level of education that they both have received,â€ť Hamilton Township Mayor Roger Silva said. â€śI am impressed with the quality of officers we have in this department. I continue to think we have the finest in the area and second to none.â€ť
About a year ago, Township Committee wrestled with a budget deficit and was forced to reduce the police department by 20 officers, including 13 through layoffs.
But times have changed for both the township and its police department.
â€śThese men were both No. 1 on the last list but due to the financial crisis they couldnâ€™t get the promotions,â€ť Hamilton Township Police Chief Stacy Tappeiner said.
To get the promotion, both men had to take written and oral exams and submit a management plan before undergoing a formal interview, the chief said.
â€śThese are high-quality men who have demonstrated great determination and professionalism throughout their careers,â€ť he said. â€śWe have a good group of supervisors in charge here.â€ť
Alcott joined the force in 1999 and served as a patrolman for three years before being promoted to the detective bureau. In 2005 he served briefly as an officer in charge to fill a manpower shortage and was promoted to sergeant later that year as a result of his earlier performance.
He was promoted to detective sergeant in 2008.
As a patrol division lieutenant, Alcott will return to the streets.
â€śIt feels good to get the promotion and to know I have the support of the chief and committee,â€ť Alcott said.
Then with a smile he said, â€śI will work with a good group of men whose job it is to make me look good. And my job will be to make the chief look good.â€ť
Alcott received his bachelorâ€™s degree from
Robell joined the force as a part-time officer in 2002 before he became full-time later that year, the chief said, â€śonce we realized we had such a good officer.â€ť
Robell was promoted to the Detective Bureau and has been involved with the departmentâ€™s K-9 unit since 2006.
â€śHe has high respect among his peers as a K-9 officer,â€ť the chief said.
Robell graduated with an associateâ€™s degree from
â€śHe has received 35 letters of commendation and of appreciation,â€ť Tappeiner said. â€śHe travels all over the state if they need a K-9 officer. He will be promoted to a patrol sergeant and continue to be involved with the K-9 unit.â€ť
Tappeiner said that all of the officers laid off in the 2011 cost-cutting move have found full-time employment with other departments in the area.
â€śItâ€™s a testament to the quality of good men we have here,â€ť he said.
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