Kearny, NJ – On Tuesday, January 12, 2016, Kearny Mayor Alberto G. Santos and the Kearny Town Council held a swearing-in ceremony at Town Hall for thirteen newly hired police officers of the Kearny Police Department. Mayor Santos administered the oaths while Kearny Police Chief John Dowie presented each new officer his police badge. The new officers are, in order of badge number: Jose Castillo, Daniel Lopez, Kyle Plaugic, Alan Stickno, Michael Alvarez, David Bush, John Donovan, Darwin Paulino, Michael Gontarczuk, Andre Fernandes, Sean Wilson, Richard Poplaski, Jr., and Jose Perez-Fonseca.
According to Mayor Santos, “This is the largest class of new officers that I've had the honor of swearing in since becoming Mayor. Our Town's low crime rate is because of the KPD's effectiveness and our community’s tremendous respect for our men and women in blue.”
The Kearny Police Department is currently composed of 109 members, which includes patrolmen and superior officers. With a total population of 40,684 as of the 2010 census, there is 1 officer for every 373 residents in Kearny. The Department is led by John Dowie, a lifelong Kearny resident who has served as Police Chief since 1997.