JACKSON – Five police officers gained full time status and two members of the department received their promotion to sergeant during a recent Township Council meeting.
Township Clerk Mary Moss did the honors of swearing in the officers to their new status in the Jackson Police Department following Police Chief Matt Kunz’s brief background bio of each officer.
Sgt. Robert M. Reiff Jr. attended both Lock Haven University, (Pa.) and Ocean County College, after which he enjoyed his first career as commercial truck driver for 15 years, obtaining his Class A commercial driver’s license, before pursuing his passion for a career in law enforcement.
He started his career with the Jackson Township Police Department in December 2001, and graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy (OCPA), Class #78, in May 2002. Some of his career assignments and highlights include Patrol Division, Detective Bureau, SRT Team, O.C. North Regional SWAT Team and Firearms Instructor.
Reiff was nominated Officer of the Year in 2006 and 2012 and was named Detective of the Year in 2016. He also received a command citation that same year.
Sgt. Edward Travisano attended Ocean County College where he received his Associate’s degree in Social Sciences in 2004. In January 2006, he was hired by the Jackson Police and then graduated the Monmouth County police academy in June of 2006 where he received the academy Academic Award for the highest academic average of 97.14%.
The officer started his career in the patrol division of the Jackson Police Department, served in the patrol division until January of 2020 and in January of 2020, he was assigned to the Traffic Safety bureau where he is assigned at the present time.
Travisano completed training in “Driving While Intoxicated Standardized Field Sobriety Testing,” Crash Investigation 1, Advanced Crash Investigation, Traffic Crash Reconstruction, Investigation of Motorcycle Crashes 1, Commercial Vehicle Crash Investigation 1, and Practical Traffic Engineering for Police Officers. Additionally, he is a Certified Police Radar Instructor.
He received the 2011 MADD Distinguished service award, the 2011 New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety DWI Top Gun award, the Life Saving ribbon in 2011 for the CPR save of a 76 year old man who suffered cardiac arrest, and the Lifesaving Ribbon in 2014 for the rescue of a man trapped in a structure fire. Travisano was also an Officer of the Year Nominee in 2014.
Receiving full time police status is Christopher Sacchetti, Zachary White, John D’Alessio, Nicholas Chianca and Mason Twining.
“Congratulations to our new police officers and police sergeants on their oaths of office and promotions. They help make the JTPD second to none in our state. We thank them for their service in keeping our communities safe and secure 24/7,” Councilman Nino Borrelli said during the meeting.
“It is good to have more of them on board keeping us safe. I wish you all a happy, healthy career here serving the town. Congratulations to our new sergeants,” Council Vice President Steven Chisholm said.
Council President Martin Flemming said, “I’d also like to congratulate our new hires and our two new sergeants. It was nice to see the increase in the force and bringing it back where it needs to be.”