LONG BRANCH: The city's police department has grown over the last year and now has added five to its roster.
Long Branch Police Officers David Stone, Vincent Roselli, Omar Akel, Sergio Chaparro and Patrick Vaccaro were sworn in and received their badges at a ceremony at city hall on May 15.
"It's a good day and a proud day when we can swear in new officers," Long Branch Director of Public Safety Jason Roebuck said.
Vaccaro and Chaparro actually joined the department earlier this year and the others just graduated from the Monmouth County Police Academy, but the city wanted to wait to hold a ceremony until all five were ready.
Mayor Adam Schneider said he has known the new officers for a long time and even wrote a letter of recommendation for Roselli when he was applying to colleges.
"I feel a little like a proud parent," Schneider said. "There isn't one of these kids I haven't known since they were in high school or before."