Ocean County Press Release
Police Ceremony Held at Georgian Court University

LAKEWOOD – The Ocean County Police Academy 91st Basic Police Recruit Class marked the completion of their initial training during a graduation ceremony today (Jan. 22) at Georgian Court University, here.

For almost 24 weeks, 11 police recruits were put through their paces in academics, physical fitness and marksmanship.

"These men and women have given it their all to become law enforcement officers," said Freeholder John P. Kelly, who serves as Director of Law and Public Safety. "My colleagues on the Board of Freeholders and I extend our congratulations to each new officer and wish them well as they join the ranks of their respective departments."

"We also want to thank their families and friends as they provided the encouragement and support throughout their time at the academy," Kelly said.

Ocean County Sheriff William L. Polhemus said the new officers have been trained well at the academy.

"We are very proud of these new officers," Polhemus said. "We are confident they will wisely use the tools they have been provided during their time at the academy."

The keynote speaker at today's ceremony was Lacey Township Police Chief William Nally, who also serves as President of the Ocean County Association of Chiefs of Police.

Police Recruit Charles P. Kelly, Brick Township Police Department, was the recipient of the James J. Tracey Leadership Award presented by the Ocean County Emerald Society and Police Recruit Paschal Drew Jr., Point Pleasant Beach Police Department, received the George Haines Award presented by the 200 Club.

Receiving Class Awards were Marisa J. Croushore, Stafford Township Police Department, High Academic; Paschal Drew Jr., Point Pleasant Beach Police Department, received the class awards for High Overall, and High Physical Fitness, and Daniel J. Altman, Beachwood Police Department, High Marksmanship.

Also, receiving the Distinguished Expert Perfect Score were Altman and Justin T. Apel, both Beachwood Police Department.

The graduates and their respective police departments are: Daniel J. Altman, Justin T. Apel, both Beachwood Police Department; Nadine M. Clarke, Wendell C. Hunter, Chase G. Messer, all Lakewood Police Department; Marisa J. Croushore, Stafford Township Police Department; Paschal Drew Jr., Point Pleasant Beach Police Department; Scott M. Dryburgh, Mantoloking Police Department; Andrea Falzarano, Jackson Township Police Department; Charles P. Kelly and Anthony F. Zurica, both Brick Township Police Department.

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