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Lyndhurst Police Auxiliary is Now Accepting Applications!

The Lyndhurst Police Auxiliary is now accepting applications for the volunteer position of auxiliary police officer. The Police Auxiliary is a volunteer organization composed of civic minded people who work together to improve the level of safety and security in our community. Its mission and purpose is to augment the officers of the Lyndhurst Police Department by providing crowd control, traffic control, and aid in the visual deterrence of crime. The unit provides protection and security for municipal properties such as schools, parks and recreational fields, and other designated areas. The unit may also respond to calls for police service as directed by proper authority. The presence of the Police Auxiliary, in uniform or on patrol in marked police units, has been proven to reduce vandalism and other crimes in the community. All Lyndhurst Auxiliary officers are required to attend and successfully complete the 52 hour Auxiliary Police training program at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute in Mahwah, NJ. While there, auxiliary officers receive training in areas such as first aid, traffic control, and patrol functions. All auxiliary officers are outfitted with a patrol uniform and will be required to work a regular patrol schedule. Becoming a member of the auxiliary police is a great way for the civic-minded individual to assist their community as well as being an ideal way for those men and women looking to pursue a career in law enforcement to gain police experience. For more information about the Lyndhurst Police Auxiliary, or to get an application, please contact the Lyndhurst Police Department at (201) 939-2900 ext. 2770 or visit our website at lyndhurstpoliceauxiliary.com. The deadline to submit an application is February 6, 2015.

Three New Probationary Police Officers Sworn In

On Monday January 12, 2015, three new officers were sworn-in to the ranks of the Lyndhurst Police Department.  The three new Officers listed below were addressed by Chief James O’Connor and then by Public Safety Commissioner, John Montillo, Jr.
 
Police Officers Michael LeStrange, Steve Batista and John DeCamp were sworn-in by Lyndhurst Town Clerk, Helen Polito. A brief bio of each new probationary officer is listed below.
 
Two of the newly appointed Officers will begin their 22 weeks of training at the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Complex in Mahwah, NJ on January 23, 2015.
Officer Michael LeStrange is presently enrolled in the Essex County Police Academy as an alternate route candidate and is expected to graduate in February. Upon his completion of the academy, Officer LeStrange  will be assigned to a Field Training Officer (F.T.O.) and begin patrol duties in Lyndhurst immediately.
Officers Steve Batista and Officer John DeCamp are expected to complete their training on June 19, 2015. They too will be assigned to individual F.T.O.’s who will teach, guide and continually evaluate the new officers for up to a six month period.
 
MICHAEL LeSTRANGE  30 yoa
Associates Degree from Bergen Community College
Former Police dispatcher from Ridgefield Park
Former member of the Paterson Police Auxiliary
Former Police Officer for the Federal Reserve Police
Hold numerous law enforcement training certificates and is currently enrolled in the Essex County Police Academy as an alternate route candidate.
 
STEVE BATISTA  30 yoa
Graduate of Lyndhurst High School
Staff Sergeant  United States Marine Corp    
Served three (3) combat tours of duty in Iraq
Honorable discharge from active duty
Holds numerous decorations, medals and citations for his actions during deployment.
Has advanced training in a number of subjects to include weapons, self defense and team building.
He is the first combat Veteran hired since 2003
 
JOHN DeCAMP  22 yao
Bachelors degree in Justice Studies from Montclair State University
Graduate of Becton Regional High School
Volunteer coach for a variety of youth sporting programs