Dressed with a Yarmulka, an Orthodox Jewish Lakewood resident walked into the Lakewood Police Department training room today on his way to becoming the first Orthodox Jewish police officer in the history of the Lakewood, New Jersey Police Department.
The officer is one of 13 who were hired, in what became the most diverse class in the Department’s history.
“I am pleased to announce today that we’re hiring 13 new police officers, men and women from our very diverse community in order to bring our numbers up to 150 sworn officers,” Police Chief Greg Meyer told TLS in an exclusive interview.
The new hires will bring the number of police officers to the highest number the Department has ever seen, in an effort to keep up with the exponential growth in Lakewood.
Officials have requested we don’t name the new hires until after they complete the academy – which is in approximately six months.
“At that time, they’ll graduate, and if they all make it through, we’ll be announcing them to the public, you’ll get to see their faces, and hear a little more about their stories,” Chief Meyer says.
Following their academy graduation, the officers will go through in-house training at Lakewood Police Headquarters before hitting the roads.