MANCHESTER – Manchester police welcomed two new patrol officers following a few recent retirements from the force.
Ptl. Jesse Tate and Ptl. Jordan Weed were sworn in by Mayor Kenneth T. Palmer recently at the Municipal Complex Civic Center, surrounded by friends, family, and township officials.
Tate, 24, recently completed Ocean County Police Academy Special Class II Training, 43rd Class and was formerly employed by the Seaside Heights Police Department.
He attended Elon University on athletic scholarship, earning his Bachelor’s degree in Communications. He later earned a Master’s degree in National Security at the University of New Haven.
Weed, 23, recently graduated from the Monmouth County Police Academy as the top ranked female recruit. With a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Boston College, Weed is also currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven.
“Our hiring process is rigorous and demanding, and only those individuals who meet the highest standards are considered for employment with the Manchester Township Police Department,” said Chief Lisa Parker. “Our residents should be proud knowing that Ptl. Tate and Ptl. Weed, two upstanding and driven individuals, will represent and serve our department and community.”
Tate and Weed were selected from an initial pool of approximately 170 applicants. The hiring process, which began in January 2018, included several phases. Phase one, the Physical Agility Examination, produced 92 successful applicants who then moved on to phase two, the Written Examination. From there, the top scorers went before the Oral Board for extensive interviews.
Top candidates were subject to a thorough background investigation and medical, psychological, and drug screenings.
Following the ceremony, Ptl. Tate and Ptl. Weed entered the Manchester Township Police Department’s intensive twelve week Field Training and Evaluation Program, where they will be mentored by highly trained officers.