City of Newark enters 2023 with 55 new police officers (5 of whom are luso-americans)

The city of Newark entered the year 2023 with 55 more officers serving its vital Police Department. The new professionals came out of the group of recruits that make up the Essex County Police Academy class 22-2 (or Newark Police class number 131 of recruits).

The ceremony, which took place with pomp and circumstance at the Cathedral of Newark, was attended by the Mayor of Newark, “mayor” Ras J. Baraka, the Director of Public Security Fritz Fragé, the Chief of Police of Newark Emanuel Miranda, the state senator Teresa Ruiz, councilor Michael Silva and other entities.

“As a councilor for the East Quarter, I would like to congratulate these new 55 Newark Police officers and reiterate my full support for them,” said Councilman Michael Silva, who was a law enforcement officer in Newark for 18 years. “I know that their work is not easy and that many challenges await them, which I am sure they will be able to face with professionalism and dedication. Our community is stronger with your presence and your work for the safety and well-being of all of us.”

Also worthy of note is the fact that the ceremony was co-conducted by the Portuguese-American captain of the Newark Police, Debbie Teixeira, and that the Portuguese-American captain João Miguel Carvalho, from the 3rd Squadron was also present, as well as Lieutenant Maurício Domingues, of the Newark Police and “associate director” at the Academy.

Of the 55 new law enforcement agents, the Luso-Americano newspaper was able to identify 5 of Portuguese origin: Daniel Figueiredo, Kevin Marques, Anthony dos Santos, David Barbosa and Steven de Jesus.

The new agents will now be placed in various police stations around the city and begin the career they have chosen, a career of sacrifices but also very noble, as the various participants in the graduation ceremony well underlined.

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