Anthony J. Rodriguez was sworn in as a Probationary Police Officer at last night’s Mayor & Council Meeting after being approved by the governing body in Resolution 187-15.
Officer Rodriguez was hired to maintain the complement of officers in the Roselle Park Police Department (RPPD) after the resignation of Matthew Hopkins. Mr. Hopkins was a Roselle Park police officer for three years, being hired in July of 2012.
Police Chief Morrison stated during the ceremony that officer Rodriguez used to live in Roselle Park and was an officer in Camden County. Chief Morrison added, “Anthony interviewed here. He decided he’d like to come back where his roots were. He’d like to serve the community of Roselle Park. We’re glad to have officer Rodriguez here . . . I wish you much success here in Roselle Park and all the best. Congratulations.”
RPPD Officer Rodriguez spoke after being sworn in, “I’d like to thank Chief Morrison and Mayor & Council for giving [me] this opportunity to serve the residents of Roselle Park and come back to where I originally grew up and where I was raised. I would like to continue to make Roselle Park a safe place to live.”
Officer Rodriguez will be a Probationary Police Officer effective July 20, 2015, for a 12-month period at a salary of $52,985.46.