MANCHESTER – The Manchester Township Police Department welcomed two new members and a new full-time hire.
During a ceremony Jan. 14 at the municipal complex, in front of family and friends and township employees, Mayor Kenneth T. Palmer swore in Patrolman Michael Gardner and Special Law Enforcement Officer II Kevin Rembach.
SLEO II Robert Campolei, who has been with the department since September, was hired as a full-time patrolman.
Campolei, 32, from Lacey, is an Ocean County College graduate who began his career in 2015 in Seaside Heights. He graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy and worked for Lacey and Seaside Heights.
During the ceremony Jan. 14, Manchester Township Police Chief Lisa Parker said Campolei “performed exemplary during his Field Training and Evaluation Program as a SLEO II.”
Toms River resident Michael Gardner, 23, graduated High School North and earned a criminal justice degree from Stockton University. He worked for the Seaside Heights Police Department. He graduated eighth in his class in May 2018 from the Ocean County Police Academy.
Lifelong Manchester resident Kevin Rembach, 27, an Eagle Scout, attended OCC, Stockton University, and is finishing up his degree in public administration at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has worked for the Seaside Park Police Department and graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy in May 2016.
These men were chosen out of a pool of 170 applicants. They were hired in response to recent and anticipated department retirements.
“Only those individuals who are truly dedicated to excelling in the law enforcement profession and can meet the high standards of our pre-employment testing are considered to join the ranks of the Manchester Township Police Department,” Parker said. “We’re proud that Ptl. Campolei, Ptl. Gardner, and SLEO II Rembach, all upstanding and driven individuals, will serve our community.”
Gardner and Rembach must complete the department’s 12-week intensive field training and evaluation program.