Unit Citation

Patrolman Ryan Welch, Patrolman Robert Theoret, Patrolman John Hoernlein, Patrolman Christian Rodriguez & Detective Kimberly DiParisi

On October 10, 2018, multiple East Brunswick Police Patrol Units responded to the area of Pine Ridge Drive on a report of a suspicious male who had been observed in the area via a security camera. As units began to arrive, Patrolman Ryan Welch and Patrolman Robert Theoret began searching for the suspect at which time they located a female subject on Pine Ridge Drive who was visibly nervous when approached.

The officers, believing that the female may be associated with the suspicious male, questioned her further and determined that they had in fact burglarized several unoccupied vehicles throughout the neighborhood. After this information was relayed to the other units in the area, Patrolman John Hoernlein and Patrolman Christian Rodriguez located the male subject who was hiding in the backyard of a local residence. After the subjects were taken into custody, Detective Kimberly DiParisi conducted a follow-up investigation and determined that they had committed seven additional motor vehicle burglaries and thefts throughout East Brunswick.

For their sound actions, rapid response, and ability to work cohesively as a team, which resulted in the arrest of two criminal offenders, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Patrolman Ryan Welch, Patrolman Robert Theoret, Patrolman John Hoernlein, Patrolman Christian Rodriguez and Detective Kimberly DiParisi with this Unit Citation.

Captain Daniel Melnick, Captain Joseph Alves, Lieutenant Michael Plaskon, Sergeant Robert Zielinski, Detective Daniel Unkel, Detective Dennis Chieffo & Detective Alexander Danese

On February 22, 2018, Captain Daniel Melnick, Captain Joseph Alves, Lieutenant Michael Plaskon and Detective Dennis Chieffo followed up on an anonymous tip that a male subject was dealing a large quantity of controlled substances from within an East Brunswick hotel room.

The investigators immediately pursued an investigation into the information provided and were able to successfully corroborate it and identify a suspect. Surveillance was immediately put in place as the male subject was due to check out of the hotel on the same day the information was validated. In conjunction with the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, additional information indicated that the suspect was known to carry a gun due to the large amounts of illicit drugs he was distributing as a result of direct shipments from Mexico. As a result of the investigation, Sergeant Robert Zielinski, Detective Daniel Unkel and Detective Alexander Danese were able to secure and execute a search warrant at the suspect's location. As a result of that warrant, over 5 kilograms of cocaine and 13 pounds of marijuana were seized in addition to $60,000 in cash proceeds.

For their keen investigative abilities, rapid response, and ability to work cohesively as a team, which resulted in the arrest of a violent, high level drug dealer and the removal of dangerous drugs from the streets of East Brunswick, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Captain Daniel Melnick, Captain Joseph Alves, Lieutenant Michael Plaskon, Sergeant Robert Zielinski, Detective Dennis Chieffo, Detective Daniel Unkel and Detective Alexander Danese with this Unit Citation.