2006-03-23 / Front Page

Long Branch Council approves special officers

Long BranchLong Branch LONG BRANCH - At the March 14 municipal meeting, the City Council approved the appointments of 16 Special Police Officers Class 1 to patrol the oceanfront during summer events.

The council approved resolution 92-06, appointing: George Horst Roxby, William L. Beckenstein, Jason A. Cardamoni, Joseph N. DeFilippis, Brian C. Dinero, Christopher G. Guy, Michelle Marriane Rezende, Stanley Balmer, Daryl L. Burroughs Jr., Matthew L. Colonna, Julius P. DeRosa, Jeremy D. Drewry, Brad S. Kerney, Daniel R. Petrecelli and Kaitlin McHugh Walling.

The appointees are required to attend the Monmouth County Police Academy for 80 hours and undergo additional training through the Long Branch Police Department, according to police Lt. Lyndon Johnson.

"This is something we do every year," Johnson said. "It is a paid position. These [officers] do not carry guns, but they carry a baton and handcuffs. They patrol the promenade and beach seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. from May to Halloween.

"They are in charge of crowd control and traffic control and patrolling any special events in the summer," Johnson added.

The officers are able to distribute summonses for motor vehicle and city ordinance violations, according to Johnson.

The funding for the special officers comes out of the city police department's budget for special events, according to Johnson. He said the special officers are paid at an hourly rate based on an amount to be allocated in the 2006 municipal budget.

The council also approved two resolutions accepting donations for the police department K-9 unit.

According to resolution 90-06, a K-9 bulletproof vest valued at $450 was donated by Lou Chiafullo. According to resolution 91-06, the Tinton Falls Police Department donated a used K-9 container valued at $500.

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