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New Officers Join the Ranks of Montclair Police

Montclair Police Department swore in five new members this week.


Meet the newest member of the Montclair Police force.

Four new officers and one probationary officer were sworn in to the police department on Tuesday in the council chambers of the municipal building.

Welcoming the new officers that day at the ceremony were several Montclair Police officers, Township Manager Mark Dashield and Councilor Renee Baskerville. 

The new officers are: 

  • Jose Urena
  • Scott McGrath
  • Vidal Rojas
  • Daniel Heiser
  • Travis Davis, who is the probationary officer

Officers Urena and Rojas are former Paterson Police Officers, and probationary police officer Davis is a former Rutgers Newark campus police officer. 

Urena, McGrath, Rojas and Heiser have served on the MPD for the past year as probationary officers while they completed their training. Davis will be sworn in next year when he completes his own probationary training. 

The Montclair Police Department now has a force of 103 officers. 

wow January 25, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Wow 103 officers when the U.S. average is 2.3 per 1000. With the population of 38,000 thats 87 police. U.S average pay for police $50,454 Montclair police average pay is $103,000
allaboutthenumbers123 January 25, 2013 at 08:11 PM
That is less than the average pay for Montclair's Firemen. Montclair's work force, except the DCS, is too top heavy. The fire department is the worse. The ratio of staff to managers is 2 to 1. At least the police department is better than the other departments with a ratio of 6 to 1. Research shows that "Tom Peters, who recommends that high-performance organizations operate with a minimum of 25 workers for each manager and a maximum of five layers." President Bill Clinton "... directed the federal government to double spans of control to 14 staff per manager". "The National Commission on State and Local Public Service, recommended decreasing the ratio of managers to staff and flattening the bureaucracy to increase accountability, save money,and shift personnel to the front line."
Jeff Jacobson January 25, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Because of Montclair's strange layout -- being a mile wide and six miles long, with only a few densely populated zones -- our illegal drug issues and relatively high property crime rate, we need more officers on patrol than other towns with our population. Remember, for every five officers on the force, only one is on the street during any 8-hour shift. I absolutely agree that we should have fewer supervisors, particularly at the sergeant, lieutenant and captain level. This was a signature issue of the slate with which I ran for Council, but, of course, we lost. Without hesitation, I applaud the MPD for bringing in more patrol officers, which we certainly need. Bringing in officers from other towns saves us significant training costs, and it's a badge of honor that officers want to serve in Montclair.
Frank Taylor January 25, 2013 at 11:17 PM
I want to congratulate the new officers on becoming police officers in the Town of Montclair . I wish them all good luck while on the police force.I am a former Montclair Police OFFICER myself.


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