Officer Biographies

 

Chief Al Payne #38:  Chief Payne became a police officer with the Raritan Township Police Department in 1996.  In 2007, he was promoted to Sergeant and in 2013, he was promoted to Lieutenant.  In 2018, he was appointed Chief of Police.  Chief Payne served with the United States Marine Corps, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources.

 

Lieutenant Benedict Donaruma #35:  Lieutenant Donaruma was hired by the Raritan Township Police Department in 1995 after working for the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office for 2 years.  During his career, he has been assigned to the Patrol Division and the Detective Bureau.  Lieutenant Donaruma is currently a Patrol commander.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources.

 

Acting Lieutenant Joseph Canonica #49:  Acting Lieutenant Canonica began his career with the Raritan Township Police Department in 2000.  In 2018, he was appointed to Acting Lieutenant and is currently assigned as a Patrol Commander.  Acting Lieutenant Canonica is a member of the Hunterdon County Fatal Collision Investigation Team.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources.

 

Detective Sergeant Thomas Camporeale #42:  In 1996, Detective Sergeant Camporeale became a police officer with the Raritan Township Police Department after working as a special police officer with the Seaside Heights Police Department.  During his career, he has been assigned to the Patrol Division, the Detective Bureau, and the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force.  Detective Sergeant Camporeale is currently supervising the Detective Bureau.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources.


Sergeant Scott Nelson #53:  Sergeant Nelson became a police officer with the Raritan Township Police Department in 2003.  He is currently assigned as a patrol supervisor in the Patrol Division.  Sergeant Nelson is a firearms instructor and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of Arts degree in Business Administration.


Sergeant Matthew Lawrence #43:  Sergeant Lawrence was hired by the Raritan Township Police Department in 1996.  He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division as a patrol supervisor.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources.

 

Sergeant Robert Landolina #46:  In 1999, Officer Landolina was hired by the Raritan Township Police Department after working for the Pennington Police Department for 1 year.  He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division as a patrol supervisor.  Sergeant Landolina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.

 

Acting Sergeant Ryan Garbolino #56:  In 2006, Acting Sergeant Garbolino became a police officer with the Raritan Township Police Department after working 2 years for the Town of Clinton Police Department.  During his career, he has been assigned to the Patrol Division and the Detective Bureau.  Acting Sergeant Garbolino is currently assigned to the Patrol Division as a supervisor and is a firearms instructor.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources.

 

Corporal David Carson #48:  In 1999, Corporal Carson was hired by the Raritan Township Police Department after working for the Fanwood Police Department and the Mountain Lakes Police Department for 2 years.  He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.  Corporal Carson maintains the police department website, is a Drug Recognition Expert, and is certified as a bicycle patrol officer.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration.

 

Corporal William Cialone #50:  In 2000, Corporal Cialone became a police officer with the Raritan Township Police Department.  During his career, he has been assigned to the Patrol Division and the Detective Bureau.  Corporal Cialone is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources.

 

Corporal Christopher Vallat #52:  In 2001, Corporal Vallat was hired by the Raritan Township Police Department.  He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.  Corporal Vallat is an Emergency Medical Technician and CPR Instructor.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources.

 

Corporal Michael Dendis #40:  Corporal Dendis was hired by the Raritan Township Police Department in 1996 after working as a special police officer with the Seaside Heights Police Department.  During his career, he has been assigned to the Patrol Division and the Detective Bureau.  Corporal Dendis is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.

 

Officer Gary Galoppo #36:  In 1995, Officer Galoppo began his career with the Raritan Township Police Department.  He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division and holds an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.



Officer Margaret Hammond #44:  In 1999, Officer Hammond began her career with the Raritan Township Police Department.  During her career, she has been assigned to the Patrol Division and the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force.  She is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.  Officer Hammond holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Science.


School Resource Officer Timothy Nemeth #45:  Officer Nemeth became a police officer with the Raritan Township Police Department in 1999.  During his career, he has been assigned to the Detective Bureau, the Community Policing Section as a D.A.R.E. Instructor, and to Hunterdon Central Regional High School as a School Resource Officer.  Officer Nemeth is currently assigned to Hunterdon Central Regional High School as the school resource officer.  He is a CPR Instructor and Firearms Instructor.  Officer Nemeth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources.

 

Detective Brian Sutherland #51:  Detective Sutherland began his career with the Raritan Township Police Department in 2001.  Detective Sutherland is currently assigned to the Detective Bureau.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources.

 

Detective Scott Iglay #55:  Detective Iglay began his career with the Raritan Township Police Department in 2005.  He is currently assigned to the Detective Bureau and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering.

 

Officer Aaron Roth #57:  Officer Roth was hired with the Raritan Township Police Department in 2007 and is currently assigned to the Patrol Division and is a firearms instructor.  He served four years with the United States Army and is a Kosovo Peace Keeping Mission combat veteran.  Officer Roth also holds an Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.



Officer Ryan Barry #59:  In 2013, Officer Barry began his career with the Raritan Township Police Department.  He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.  Officer Barry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice Studies and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources.

 

Detective Geoffrey Benz #60:  Detective Benz was hired with the Raritan Township Police Department in 2013 after working briefly for the Hunterdon County Sheriff's Department.  Detective Benz holds a Bachelor of Science degree.


Officer Brett Szatkowski #62:  Officer Szatkowski was hired by the Raritan Township Police Department in 2013.  He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.  Officer Szatkowski holds a Bachelor of Arts degree.


Officer Dustin Pflug #63:  In 2013, Officer Pflug became a police officer with the Raritan Township Police Department.  He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.  Officer Pflug holds a Bachelor of Arts degree.


Officer Scott Phibbs #66:  In 2015, Officer Phibbs was hired by the Raritan Township Police Department.  He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.  Officer Phibbs holds a Bachelor of Science degree.


Officer Michael Podlaski #67:  Officer Podlaski became a police officer with the Raritan Township Police Department in 2015.  He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.  Officer Podlaski holds a Bachelor of Science degree.


Officer Anthony Moreno #68:  In 2015, Officer Moreno was hired by the Raritan Township Police Department after working as a Class II Special Officer for the Essex County Sheriff's Department.  He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.  Officer Moreno holds a Bachelor of Science degree.


Officer Adam Swiatek #69:  Officer Swiatek was hired by the Raritan Township Police Department in 2015.  He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.  Officer Swiatek holds a Bachelor of Science degree.


Officer Brian Mayer #70:  In 2016, Officer Mayer was hired by the Raritan Township Police Department after working as a Class II Special Officer for the Seaside Heights Police Department.  He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.  Officer Mayer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.


Officer William McEnroe #71:  Officer McEnroe began his career with the Raritan Township Police Department in 2016.  He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.  Officer McEnroe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree.


Officer Eli Walters #72:  In 2016, Officer Walters was hired by the Raritan Township Police Department.  He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.  Officer Walters holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology.

 

Officer Ismael Mendez-Ortiz #73:  Officer Mendez-Ortiz began his career with the Raritan Township Police Department in 2017.  He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division and is fluent in Spanish.  Officer Mendez-Ortiz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in National Security Studies.

 

Officer Connor Gallagher #74:  In 2017, Officer Gallagher was hired by the Raritan Township Police Department.  He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.  Officer Gallagher holds a Bachelor of Science degree.


Officer Robert Schenck #75:  Officer Schenck was hired in 2018 by the Raritan Township Police Department after working for 18 months with the Rutgers University Police Department.  He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.  Officer Schenck holds an Associate degree in Political Science and he is a 4-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps.


Officer Alex Soh #76:  Officer Soh became a police officer with the Raritan Township Police Department in 2018.  Previously, he worked for the Rutgers University Police Department for 18 months and as a seasonal Class I and Class II police officer in Lavallette, New Jersey for 6 years.  Officer Soh is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resources Management and is fluent in Korean.

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