Mayor Carl Hokanson swore in Roselle Park Patrolman Jeffrey J. Smith at last night’s Mayor & Council meeting. The ceremony was a formality as officer Smith was appointed as a probationary officer to the Roselle Park Police Department (RPPD) in October of last year under Resolution 278-15. After the public oath of office, Police Chief Paul W. Morrison spoke a few words on the patrolman, “Officer Smith actually has been with us since December – his graduation from the police academy – however council appointed him in October prior to his graduation so as he didn’t get away from Roselle Park. Jeffrey began here December 21st and has been in his training period since then.”
Police Chief Morrison stated that last night would be the first night he would patrol on his own. The Chief added, “Officer Smith has successfully completed his training period. He’s been doing a great job here in Roselle Park. He’s an absolute asset to the police department as well as the people here in Roselle Park. Jeffrey, continued success and all the best in your career.”
Officer Smith shook hands with the chief after which he approached the microphone.
“On behalf of my family, I’d just like to say thank you very much to the mayor, the Chief, the rest of the council members, the guys standing in the back,” said officer Smith, referring to fellow RPPD policemen who customarily are in attendance when a Roselle Park police officer is sworn in or recognized, “You guys have really paved the way for me and I appreciate everything you guys have done for me thus far and everything else that you guys are going to show me the rest of my career.”