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.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm impressed with the level of education that they both have received,‚ÄĚ Hamilton Township Mayor Roger Silva said. ‚ÄúI 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.‚ÄĚ
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.
‚ÄúThese men were both No. 1 on the last list but due to the financial crisis they couldn‚Äôt get the promotions,‚ÄĚ 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.
‚ÄúThese are high-quality men who have demonstrated great determination and professionalism throughout their careers,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúWe have a good group of supervisors in charge here.‚ÄĚ
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.
‚ÄúIt feels good to get the promotion and to know I have the support of the chief and committee,‚ÄĚ Alcott said.
Then with a smile he said, ‚ÄúI 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.‚ÄĚ
Alcott received his bachelor‚Äôs degree from
Robell joined the force as a part-time officer in 2002 before he became full-time later that year, the chief said, ‚Äúonce we realized we had such a good officer.‚ÄĚ
Robell was promoted to the Detective Bureau and has been involved with the department‚Äôs K-9 unit since 2006.
‚ÄúHe has high respect among his peers as a K-9 officer,‚ÄĚ the chief said.
Robell graduated with an associate‚Äôs degree from
‚ÄúHe has received 35 letters of commendation and of appreciation,‚ÄĚ Tappeiner said. ‚ÄúHe 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.‚ÄĚ
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.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a testament to the quality of good men we have here,‚ÄĚ he said.
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