Four New Officers Join Barnegat Police Department

Sep 05, 2018

Mayor Frank Caputo swore in four new members of the Barnegat Township Police Department at the beginning of a recent township committee meeting.

Police Chief Keith Germain said the new patrolmen – Kristopher Burke, John Halliday, Richard Boyle III and Kevin Mason – were the top four candidates out of a field of 364 applicants. They were selected after completing a written test administered by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police as well as physical agility and oral interview examinations conducted by the police department.

“I am very thrilled to have them join our department,” said Germain. “These are outstanding, top-tier officers.”

He said Halliday, Boyle and Mason have all completed their certified training and can assume patrol duties immediately. They will also be undergoing a 10-week field training program coordinated by Barnegat.

Burke will attend the Ocean County Police Academy beginning on Sept. 21. The new additions give the department a roster of 49 officers.

Burke and Mason are both Barnegat residents, while Boyle and Halliday live in Stafford and Berkeley townships, respectively.

The 32-year-old Burke had served with the department in a civilian capacity as a dispatcher and confidential aide. He is a graduate of Ocean County College where he received an associate’s degree in computer science.

Mason, 23, recently graduated from the police academy where he received two awards including the Joseph A. Perna Leadership Award. He previously served as a special officer for Seaside Park. He has a bachelor’s degree in crime and justice from Albright College in Reading, Pa.

Halliday, also 23, served as a special officer for Seaside HeIghts and Pine Beach and recently graduated from the police academy. He has a bachelor’s degree in crime and justice from Rowan University.

Boyle, 28, is a graduate of the Cape May County Police Academy. He formerly served as a full-time patrolman in Galloway Township and was also a special officer for Stone Harbor. He is a certified drug recognition expert and served as member of the Atlantic County SWAT team.  —E.E.


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