LACEY – Three new police officers were sworn in during a recent Township Committee meeting.
Bruce Carver, Jr., Anthony Ravallo, and Dallas Gant were each sworn in by Police Chief Michael C. DiBella.
Carver, Jr., grew up in South Toms River, and graduated from Toms River High School South in 2010. He attended Ocean County College and then transferred to Stockton University where he graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.
After college, Carver was hired by the Point Pleasant Beach Police Department as a Class II Special Police Officer. In 2017, he was hired as a full-time police officer by the South Toms River Police Department and remained there until being hired by Lacey Township.
While working for the South Toms River Police Department, Carver was very active with the Neighborhood Watch program and he also enjoyed being proactive and focusing on narcotics enforcement.
Ravallo grew up in Beachwood, and graduated from Toms River High School South in 2012. After high school he attended both Ocean County College and Fairleigh Dickinson University where he continues to work on his degree in Criminal Justice.
In 2014 Ravallo was hired by the Seaside Park Police Department as a Class I Special Police Officer and later, after graduating the police academy, a Class II Special Police Officer. In 2017 Ravallo was hired by the South Toms River Police Department as a Class II Special Police Officer and later as a full-time police officer.
The officer remained with the South Toms River Police Department until joining Lacey’s department. While working for the South Toms River Police Department Officer Ravallo was active in the Neighborhood Watch Program and was also a member of the Ocean County Regional SWAT Team.
Gant graduated from Lacey High School in 2008 where he lettered in both baseball and basketball. After graduating from high school, Gant attended Coastal Carolina University and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.
In 2015 Gant was hired by the Seaside Heights Police Department as a Class I Special Police Officer and after graduating the Ocean County Police Academy, was appointed as a Class II Special Police Officer. In 2017 he was hired by the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department where he initially worked as an Investigator and later as a Sheriff’s Officer. Gant worked in different sections of the Sheriff’s Office, most recently their Marine Unit.
Each of the officers have been assigned to the Patrol Division and has been placed with a Field Training Officer (FTO).
Chief DiBella expressed congratulations to the officers. “We welcome you to the Lacey Township Police Department.”
In the past month the police department has hired four new officers. Two of the new hires are replacements for officers that have since retired and two are new additions.
“I would like to thank the governing body for their support with hiring these new officers,” DiBella said.