Lakehurst Swears In Two New Police Officers

Police Chief Eric Higgins, center, poses with the new officers, Harold Hester and Grant Hofferica. (Photo courtesy Lakehurst Police Department)

LAKEHURST – Lakehurst Borough and Police Department welcomed its two newest members at the Oct. 18 borough council meeting.

The two officers, Grant Hofferica and Harold Hester, were sworn in before friends and family.

“We would like to take this time to thank everyone that came out to celebrate this night. We would also like to wish Officer Hofferica and Officer Hester a safe and happy career in the Borough of Lakehurst,” Chief Eric Higgins said.

Hester is a lifelong Lakehurst resident and graduate of both Brookdale Community College and Bloomfield College, earning degrees in Criminal Justice and Sociology. He started his career as an SLEO II officer in Wildwood. He was hired in September after attending the Cape May County Police Academy SLEO II Class 53. Hester is currently enrolled in the 12-week field training program.

Hofferica hails from Dennisville in Cape May County. His law enforcement career began as an SLEO I Special Police Officer with the North Wildwood Police Department. He attended the Cape May County Police Academy SLEO II Class 42, and worked as that officer in Wildwood and North Wildwood. He worked in the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office, and attended that county’s Police Academy Basic Class 42. He is a lateral transfer from that department in July, and has already successfully completed his field training program.