Monday, December 18, 2017

Fairfield Police Use Class III Specials to Protect Public Schools

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department has hired two of its retired officers to serve as Class III special police officers to be used to protect the public schools, help enforce violations of the law on school property, police special school activities and to help enhance even more the relationship that exists between our police department and the children of our community.  

“Since Governor Christie signed into law the legislation authorizing retired, armed law enforcement officers to be used in schools, the police department, Superintendent of Fairfield Schools Susan Ciccotelli and members of the board of education have worked diligently to try and find highly qualified individuals who we all feel have what it takes to fulfill this essential role in our schools. We believe we found it in two of our former officers” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.

Retired Lieutenant Richard Filipow was hired as a Class III officer on October 23, 2017 and has been basically working in the schools since that time. He was raised in Fairfield and attended Rider University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Education from Seton Hall University. He began his police career with the Oradell Police Department and then went on to the East Hanover Police Department. In 1996 he started his service with the Fairfield Police Department. He obtained the rank of lieutenant in October of 2009. He ultimately retired from the police department on April 1, 2017.

Retired Officer James Contreras was hired as a Class III officer on November 27, 2017.He was raised in the West Essex area and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Caldwell University. He was employed by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department from 1989 until 2000. He then joined the Fairfield Police Department in 2000 as a police officer. In 2001 he left Fairfield and became an investigator with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. He retired in good standing from that agency in 2013.

As part of their training, these officers will eventually receive a week long training in being a school resource officer. They are also required to attend many of the same mandated training that full time officers do. While officially part of the police department, the officers will be compensated by the board of education as part of a shared services agreement between the Township of Fairfield and the Fairfield Board of Education.

“In my opinion, there is no greater comfort to a parent than to know that there children are safe while at school. School security has been and continues to be a priority for our district” said Fairfield Schools Superintendent Susan Ciccotelli.

 

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