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Middletown Swears in Eight New Patrol Officers

Meet the township's newest officers.

The Middletown Police Department welcomed eight new patrol officers into their ranks during a ceremonial oath of office at the August Township Committee meeting.

All eight of the new officers are Monmouth County residents, and two are from Middletown, according to a township press release.

The newest recruits are Patrol Officers Nicholas J Haines, Christopher P. Menendez, Joshua P. Midose, Rosannie A. Murillo, Savvas Roumeliotis, Brendan B. Santiago, Jason T Troshane, and John F. Walsifer II. They will attend the Cape May County Police Academy followed by the department’s Field Training Program, said Police Chief Robert Oches in the release.

Below are brief biographies on each new patrol officer, supplied by Middletown Township:

Patrol Officer Nicholas J. Haines, a resident of Brick Township, earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University in 2005. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and is on his alma mater’s Dean’s List. Haines is also the recipient of a Joint Resolution from New Jersey State Legislature for “displaying uncommon courage and heroism in rescuing a swimmer” while working at Martel’s in Point Pleasant.    

Patrol Officer Christopher P. Menendez is a veteran of the United States Army National Guard. During his service as a Military Police Officer, Menendez earned an Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and a NATO Medal. Menendez, a Keyport resident, earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Brookdale Community College this year. He currently serves as a volunteer firefighter in Keyport.                  

Patrol Officer Joshua C. Midose, a Middletown resident, has an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Brookdale Community College and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree from New Jersey City University.

Patrol Officer Rosannie A. Murillo is a Middletown resident and a veteran of the United States Army Reserve. During her military service she served as sergeant and earned an Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Mobilization Device. Murillo is a trained Hazardous Materials Technician. She is working toward an associate’s degree from Brookdale Community College. She speaks Spanish.

Patrol Officer Savvas Roumeliotis, a Union Beach resident earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Ramapo College this year. He speaks Spanish and Greek.  

Patrol Officer Brendan B. Santiago was previously employed by the state Department of Corrections. Santiago, a Manalapan resident, is working towards an associate’s degree at Brookdale Community College. He speaks Spanish.

Patrol Officer Jason T Troshane previously worked as a Class II Special in Seaside Heights. Troshane, a martial arts instructor, has a fourth degree black belt in karate and a first degree black belt in kickboxing. Troshane, a resident of Marlboro, has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Rutgers University.

Patrol Officer Walsifer II, was previously employed as a Class I Law Enforcement Officer for the Avon Police Department. Walsifer, a Belmar resident, has an associate’s degree in business administration from Brookdale Community College. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University.
marylou August 31, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Gee,I learned something new today.Brick is now in Monmouth County.
Gay Edelman August 31, 2013 at 02:35 PM
What a fantastic, experienced, diverse group. Does a Middletown reasident's heart good!
Debbie Klein September 01, 2013 at 12:48 AM
How did we afford this????
Gerry Scharfenberger September 02, 2013 at 10:40 AM
Debbie- these are not new positions, these officers are replacing others who retired. Middletown has the smallest police force per capita in Monmouth and Ocean Counties while also having the lowest crime rate. The object has always been to keep staffing levels as low as possible while keeping the residents safe. Thanks to the efforts of our police, we have been able to do that.
Diane Taranto September 02, 2013 at 04:28 PM
I'm with Gay Edelman. A very distinguished group indeed. It makes one proud to be a Middletown resident.

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