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The mayor and Town Council swore in two new probationary police officers to the Secaucus Police Department at their May 22 meeting. They also promoted three officers to higher positions. According to Mayor Michael Gonnelli, the town plans to hire another five officers, for a total of seven new cops this year. 

Newly sworn in officers Mikhail Kowlessar and Anthony Burgos are both lateral transfers from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office and Palisade Interstate Parkway Police respectively. Officials promoted Officers Christopher Rinaldi and Christina Prospero to sergeant, and Scott Coar to lieutenant. One of the two sergeants will be assigned to patrol Secaucus’ schools, according to Gonnelli. The decision comes after Secaucus placed armed police in all its public campuses earlier this year, after a mass school shooting in Parkland, Fla., in February.

Continuing on a school safety note, the mayor also announced that bus guards will now check to see if kids are buckled in. The new edict comes after a massive school bus crash in Paramus on May 17, resulting in at least two deaths.

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