Stafford Police Chief Swears in New Patrolman

Mar 27, 2019
Photo by: Victoria Ford

Uniformed Stafford Township police officers lined the perimeter of the meeting room during the March 19 town council meeting for the swearing-in of new full-time Police Ptl. Zach Wiatrowski.

After the mayor and council’s authorization via resolution, Chief Thomas Dellane conducted the swearing-in, welcomed Wiatrowski to the department and spoke in praise of the 21-year-old Little Egg Harbor resident’s dedication to service.

The township’s special officer training program gives officers the opportunity to get to know new recruits, their work ethic, level of commitment and what they’re capable of, Dellane explained. Wiatrowski had impressed his superiors in his short time with the department, having received letters of commendation and awards.

Wiatrowski is a 2015 graduate of Pinelands Regional High School and a 2017 graduate of the police academy. In January 2018 he was appointed as a year ’round Class 2 officer, and now he’s a full-time patrolman.

Dellane shared an anecdote to illustrate the quality of Wiatrowski’s character. While the department looks for physical fitness in its officers it also seeks kindness, caring and compassion.

On Feb. 9, while responding to a call for a lift assist for an elderly man on hospice who had fallen in his home, Wiatrowski observed the loving interactions between the man and his wife, and he told her he hoped to have a wife who cared for him the way she cared for her husband.

Dellane remarked that he felt “old,” given the badge numbers are issued sequentially; Dellane’s is 46 and Wiatrowski’s is 118. He noted he had already been on Stafford’s force 10 years before Wiatrowksi was born.

Mayor Greg Myhre congratulated Wiatrowksi before calling a short recess to allow the police and audience members to take photos and make their exit. “We want to thank Zach for boosting turnout at tonight’s meeting,” Myhre added.  —V.F.

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