2013-07-25 / Front Page

South Brunswick welcomes new officers

By KATHY CHANG
Staff Writer

SOUTH BRUNSWICK — Three police officers were sworn in as the newest members of the township’s police force during the July 9 meeting of the Township Council.

Joyce Cheung, 25, of Highland Park, comes to the department after serving a year as a police officer at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark (NJIT).

She graduated from the Essex County Police Academy in 2010 as a Class II special officer. That same year, she was hired by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department and served as a deputy sheriff.

This year, she graduated from the Essex County Police Academy with a police training commission (PTC) certification.

Cheung, who was born in Hong Kong and came to the United States in 1998, graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biotechnology.

She is certified as a medical technician, firefighter and emergency dispatcher.

Andre Jackson, 30, of South Brunswick, comes to the department after serving as part of a task force for the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office since 2011.

Jackson is a graduate of the Paterson Police Academy. In 2009, he was hired by the Paterson Police Department and worked there for approximately a year prior to being laid off.

He has formal training in undercover narcotics investigations, tactical firearms, and investigating and prosecuting gangs.

Jackson, who was born in Paterson, is a graduate of Ramapo College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.

Raymond McCarthy, 29, of Bedminster, comes to the department after serving a year as a police officer at NJIT.

McCarthy, who was born in Freehold Township, is a graduate of the John H. Stamler Police Academy in Union County. He is the current record holder for the 1.5- mile race at the Stamler Police Academy, with a time of 8:12.

In 2006, he graduated from Rowan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism. He is currently working on a Master of Science degree at NJIT.

McCarthy comes from a law enforcement background. His sister, Meghan Mc- Carthy, serves as a police officer in Franklin Township.

The South Brunswick Police Department has been in the process of hiring more officers. Twelve officers are eligible for retirement next year, amounting to nearly 20 percent of the 73-member police department. Four officers are set to retire this year.

The township’s 2013 budget allocates funds for the salaries of seven new police officers. The $48.4 million spending plan was adopted in May. Contact Kathy Chang at kchang@gm-

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