Manchester Township Police have added two new officers to their blue line with a special swearing in ceremony on Monday.

Patrolman Jason Tarabokija and Special Law Enforcement Officer II Robert Campolei, were sworn in by Mayor Ken Palmer during a ceremony in the Municipal Complex Civic Center on September 10 in front of family, police personnel and Township administrators.

Tarabokija, is a 30-year-old resident of Point Pleasant who joins the department after working as a teacher with the Manchester Township School District for the past seven years.

He is also a 2011 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Rowan University, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Education and is also a certified ocean lifeguard, having worked for Island Beach State Park since June 2006.

Campolei, is a 32-year-old resident of Lacey Township and a graduate of Ocean County College and Lincoln Technical Institute of Technology, where he achieved a degree in Master Certified Automotive Technologies in 2007.

He began his law enforcement career in 2015 as a SLEO I with the Seaside Heights Police Department, and after graduating from the Ocean County Police Academy worked as a SLEO II for Seaside Heights and later for Lacey Township.

Chief Lisa Parker led the swearing in ceremony and explained that the intensive Manchester Township Police Department hiring process began in January of 2018, when nearly 170 individuals submitted their applications for employment.

2018 Manchester Police PT Exam. (Manchester Township Police Department)
2018 Manchester Police PT Exam. (Manchester Township Police Department)

“Our rigorous and demanding hiring process ensures that only the best recruits are invited to join the ranks of the Manchester Township Police Department,” Chief Parker said. “Ptl. Tarabokija and Special Officer Campolei have proven that they are upstanding and driven individuals who possess the strong character required to succeed as a law enforcement officer.”

Tarabokija will begin basic training at the Ocean County Police Academy next week, while Campolei will begin the department’s intensive twelve week Field Training and Evaluation Program.

"We wish them both success in their law enforcement careers serving Manchester Township and its residents."

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