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The Lower Township Police Department proudly welcomes the addition of three Full Time Police Officers who took the Oath of Office at the Lower Township Council Meeting on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.

The officers, who were a part of the 45th BCPO Class, have successfully completed 22 weeks of residential training at the Cape May County Police Academy and have earned the distinction of being a Patrol Officer with the Lower Township Police Department.



Each officer must now complete at least 4 months of Field Training with a designated Field Training Officer (FTO). The FTO will further guide and instruct the new officers in applying what they learned in the police academy to real life situations. They will be carefully monitored and evaluated by their FTO on a daily basis. After completion of Field Training, the officers will be assigned to a Patrol Squad, where they will be closely mentored by a Patrol Sergeant, during a one-year probationary period. This vigorous training and monitoring is critical to producing the finest officers the citizens of Lower Township deserve.

The new officers listed by seniority are:

Patrol Officer Kevin O’Brien, #211, (age 26), is a graduate of Cape May County Technical High School Class of 2010 and went on to receive his Associate’s Degree from Atlantic Cape Community College in May of 2012. He is a graduate of Camden County Police Academy for Correctional Officers, Class #97, (February of 2018), and spent 10 months serving as a Corrections Officer for the Cape May County Sheriff's Department. He recently attended the Cape May County Police Academy BCPO Class #45 and graduated on January 14, 2019. Kevin and his wife Paula are the proud parents of two daughters, Kendall and Payton, and expecting their third daughter in July of 2019. As a lifelong resident of Lower Township, Kevin is proud to join such a wonderful organization and serve an even better community.

Patrol Officer Steven Trunfio, #212, (age 31), was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and became a full time resident of Lower Township in 1999. He attended Cape May County Technical High School, where he studied Law and Public Safety, earning a Class One Police Certificate. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree from West Virginia University, he returned to Lower Township and worked locally in Cape May. His family resides in Lower Township, where his brother is also an active member in Law Enforcement for the Pennsylvania State Police.

Patrol Officer Michael Harkin, #213, (age 24), is a lifelong resident of Lower Township. Michael graduated from Lower Cape May Regional High School in 2013. After high school, Michael attended the Cape May County Police Academy and worked for the North Wildwood Police Department, where he was a Class Two Officer. After a year of working for the North Wildwood Police Department, Michael was hired as a Class Two Police Officer in Lower Township and has been working at the department for 3 years. Michael was recently hired full time in August 2018 and attended the Cape May County Police Academy from August 28, 2018 to January 14, 2019.

Address/Location
Lower Township Police Department
405 Breakwater Rd
Cape May, NJ 08204

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 609-886-1619

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