New Officers Sworn In and Two Promotions at BOT Meeting

By the SO Police Dept. and CPC

Seven new South Orange Police officers were sworn in, and two officers were promoted at the SO Board of Trustee’s Meeting on Monday, August 22nd. Village President Sheena Collum congratulated the group remotely and SO Police Chief Ernest Morello shared stories about each of the officers as they were introduced. The entire ceremony can be seen on the Village website at this link.

Officers Richard Lombardi and John Niedzinski were both promoted to lieutenants. Lombardi is a 2013 graduate of FIT and Niedzinski is a graduate of Penn State.

The seven patrol officers that were sworn in all have previous law enforcement experience and come from diverse backgrounds in other municipalities. They are Sean Walker, who grew up in Maplewood, John Espana, who is from Newark and Mexican-American descent, Jhonn Alvarado moved to Newark from Peru at age nine, Randy Romero is from the Dominican Republic, Joi Lapez, is working on her Master’s Degree and is the first officer from Puerto Rico, Ryan Naturale is from Livingston and Jonathan Plaza is also from Newark with years of experience.

As Chief Morillo noted in his remarks “Police are the community and the community are the police”. A photo of the individual officers accompanies this article.

Congrats to all!

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