Thursday, December 20, 2012
Former auxiliary officer and son of celebrated auxiliary officer becomes fulltime cop.
This week, the Springfield Police Department welcomed a familiar face to the force. Springfield Police Chief John Cook and Mayor Ziad Shehady swore in Ercan Sidar as a Probationary Officer at the Springfield Township Committee meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 19. Since December, 2011, Sidar has served the police department as Special Law Enforcement Officer and volunteered with the township's Auxiliary Police. But he was well known with the town's public safety professionals and volunteers before putting on either uniform. His late father, Tony Sidar, was a longtime, decorated member of Springfield’s Auxiliary police squad. Ercan Sidar started at the special law enforcement officer academy the week after his father died from complications from …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Robert Bertucci joins force as probationary police officer.
At the Springfield Township Committee meeting in Tuesday, May 22, Robert Bertucci became the newest member of the Springfield police department. Bertucci, hired as a probationary police officer, has an extensive background in volunteer law enforcement, having attained the rank of sergeant in the auxiliary police force in Edison. At the swearing-in, Springfield Police Chief John Cook looked forward to having Bertucci on the force. “He’s going to be a great asset for us,” Cook said.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Promotions are part of years in the making reorganization of the department.
In front of a town hall meeting room overflowing with family members, fellow police officers and fire fighters from Springfield and surrounding towns, eight township officers were promoted to new ranks this week. With the promotions, the force has two Captains, three Lieutenants and nine Sergeants. The recent rising in ranks follows a 2010 wave of promotions where nine officers got new titles, including John Cook, who became Captain and officer in charge of the department. With the promotion of Cook to Chief in 2011, the department was without captains until this week. Pat Mclaughlin and James Fine were sworn in as the force’s new captains. Mike McNany became a Lieutenant and Judd Levenson, previously a Detective Sergeant, became a …
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Springfield's first Public Safety Director has been making moves.
In his first months on the job as Springfield's first director of the Public Safety Division, Richard Rosell has been very busy. Charged with overseeing Springfield's police and fire divisions and the office of emergency management, Rosell has to lead the departments and while figuring out his own job. "The instructions were very broad," Rosell said. "Not unclear, just broad. I was given a lot of latitude." He was given responsibility of two relatively troubled institutions. The Fire Department, still suffering the effects of a highly publicized nepotism scandal from the mid '00s, is operating without a working volunteer division and, according to observers and people in the department, understaffed. The police department, led for years …
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Can return to the force within 30 days.
Springfield Police Captain Peter Davis has retired from the force. Davis, who was the highest ranking officer on the force, led the divison between the retirement of former Chief William Chisholm and when the Union County Prosecutor's office assumed responsibility of Springfield's police. A police officer answering the switchboard at Springfield Police Headquarters confirmed that Davis retired. His last day was Aug. 31. That doesn't mean that he might not return, though. Davis previously announced his retirement and then returned to the force; police officers can cancel their retirements up until 30 days after their retirement announcement. In June, the Union County's Prosecutor's office assumed control of Springfield's police department …
Friday, April 2, 2010
Saying goodbye is hard, especially when you never got to say hello.
You should know that the other title I considered for this piece was "Bail to the Chief." I went with "Single Sentencing" instead, mainly because I wanted the title to be oblique until about the second to last sentence. Springfield Police Chief William Chisholm's last day on the force was yesterday, April 1. I have been following Chisholm's career with the Springfield force since I launched Springfield Patch last November. The launch came two months after the Township's police union, PBA local 76, passed a no confidence vote in the chief to display the force's overwhelming sense of disapproval of the chief. Then, soon after I started in Springfield, Springfield officials voted to create a Public Safety Officer position. The chief would …