Posted Thursday, December 17th, 2015


The sixth annual Morris County Law Enforcement Development Course graduated 60 students this month, helping prepare them for a wide variety of future careers in all aspects of law enforcement, or other careers.

Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo hands certificate to graduate

Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo hands certificate to graduate

A graduation ceremony was held on Dec. 7 at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy in Parsippany.

Morris County Freeholder Thomas Mastrangelo and Assistant Special Agent Bradley Cohen of the FBI-Newark Division made remarks and presented certificates of graduation along with Morris County Undersheriff William Schievella.


“This is certainly an important county program funded by the Freeholders and which helps guide gifted young people who have an interest in careers in law enforcement,’’ said Freeholder Mastrangelo.

“We hope to see many of them employed right here is our county in years to come,’’ said Mastrangelo, who is the county governing board’s deputy liaison to Law and Public Safety. “Our young people are our future and this investment into a law enforcement career is the least we can do for young people who may end up putting their lives on the line every day to protect our communities.

He also noted that students who choose an alternate career to law enforcement still benefit from some basic essentials which could help prepare them for just about any career.”

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Sheriff Edward Rochford (center), who is flanked (right) by Undersheriff Schievella and (left) by Freeholder Mastrangelo, pose with the graduates, and other dignitaries and county and program representatives.

The 10-week course is sponsored by the New Jersey Police Community Affairs Officers’ Association, along with the Morris County Board of Freeholders, through the Department of Law & Public Safety and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.

It was created in 2010 as the first of its kind in New Jersey. Since its inception, the course has graduated some 400 students from throughout Morris County and has led to law enforcement opportunities for many individuals.

The course gives participants a closer look at law enforcement by exposing them to practical scenarios and hands-on instruction. It introduces participants to the work of law enforcement in order to broaden their perspectives and understanding of the criminal justice system, and to better prepare them to become viable candidates in the field.

Additionally, the program is designed to intentionally address the lack of diversity among the ranks of law enforcement. While all candidates are provided equal access, NJPCAOA and partnering institutions actively seek minority candidates to enroll and participate in the series.

It is recommended for every student interested in criminal justice, social sciences and justice studies, plus those who are undecided but have an interest in careers in the field of legal justice.

Careers could include police officer, sheriff’s officer, corrections officer, federal agent, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer, among many others.

The program includes more than 25 colleges and universities, as well as law enforcement organizations as partners. It is directed by Undersheriff Schievella.

For more information on the program, visit: