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Police Academy Recruits begin Four Months of On-The-Job Training

January 24, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Sixteen recruits who yesterday graduated from the Mercer County Police Academy in West Windsor, N.J., have started their next step toward becoming members of the New Jersey Transit Police Department. 

The recruits have begun a rigorous sixteen-week training program with the New Jersey Transit Police Department through on-the-job instruction.

“NJ TRANSIT has a long tradition of dedication to ensuring the safety and well-being of those who use our rail, bus and light rail system,’’ said President & CEO Kevin Corbett. “I believe these newest members to the NJ TRANSIT family will make a real difference in protecting and serving our customers and employees as they carry out their duties.’’ 

“I am proud to welcome these 16 new officers into the New Jersey Transit Police Department,’’ said Senior Vice President, Chief of Police and Office of Emergency Management Christopher Trucillo. “Protecting the million people a day who use
NJ TRANSIT across our state and our employees will be their number one priority.”

While at the Police Academy, the recruits learned New Jersey mandatory basic police training. They began the 21-week course at the Academy in August 2019. The curriculum is approved by the Police Training Commission, Department of Law and Public Safety within the Division of Criminal Justice. 

The 16 recruits are: Mohammed Ahmed, Haledon; Michael Baloga, North Arlington; Michael Dowdy, Irvington; Ayaz Khan, Nutley; Kevin Kolbenschlag, Brick; Joseph Mastrofilipo, Paramus; Christopher Montalvo, Brick; Matthew Reiter, Manalapan; Elias Statham, Bayonne; Michael Flanagan, Jersey City; Sean Gallagher, Freehold; Paul Gawin, Saddle Brook; Kevin Guy, Fair Lawn; Katherine Hormaza, Morristown; Jonathan White, Jefferson; and Jonathan Ydo, Bloomfield .


NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 925,000 weekday trips on 253 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 166 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.


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