That was what Morristown Police Chief
Peter Demnitz said mattered for the Morristown Police Department. And at
Tuesday’s meeting of the mayor and council Demnitz elevated three officers to
the rank of lieutenant and welcomed a new officer to the fold as the department
continues to expand their ranks.
Demnitz thanked the mayor and council for their support in staffing and said that his department needs to worry about more than just the parking and the bars and the code enforcement, but must look more globally to combat threats growing domestically and abroad.
Matthew Edwards, Keith Cregan and Stuart Greer were all elevated to lieutenant for making serious impact in the department and getting results. Flanked by their loved ones, Edwards, Cregan and Greer said their oath of office in unison (see the video attached to this post) and were greeted by a round of applause for their efforts.
Demnitz said that Edwards assists the internal affairs captain and has helped deal with the onslaught of new gun permits that have come in since the school shooting in Newtown. Greer supervises the detective bureau and according to Demnitz oversees the most serious cases in the town. Cregan was given the spotlight for his work with the IRS task force. Demnitz said that the police department gets a percentage of the money recovered through the work.
“Through his work he has brought more than $500,000 into the Morristown Police treasury,” Demnitz said.
For his part, Mayor Tim Dougherty said that there was a need for these command level positions.
We needed supervisors and I think we’re getting very good supervisors,” Dougherty said.
Also sworn in during the ceremony was Collin Birch, who Demnitz said comes over from the sheriff’s department with the training and experience that compliments the work already being done in Morristown.