This page is dedicated to the men and women of the East Brunswick Department of Public Safety.  Each year the Department recognizes and honors its sworn and non-sworn personnel as a way to show it's gratitude for the dedication and hard work that they perform on a daily basis.  Although day in and day out the members of the Police Department show their true professionalism and dedication, certain incidents or investigations rise to the level of an award.  Each year personnel are nominated by their supervisors and then a review board makes the determination which incidents/investigations will receive a department award.

2017 PUBLIC SAFETY AWARD RECIPIENTS

CIVILIAN SERVICE AWARD
Sherri Lutz

On March 16, 2017, at approximately 10PM, East Brunswick Police units responded to Old Bridge Turnpike near Gunia Street on a report of a pedestrian who had been struck by a motor vehicle. Upon their arrival, the pedestrian was provided with medical assistance and transported to the hospital, however, the suspect who hit the pedestrian had fled the scene and was unable to be located.

In the days after the crash, Ms. Sherri Lutz would receive a Nixle message asking for the public’s assistance to try and identify the hit and run driver. Ms. Lutz contacted our investigators and advised them that she believed that she knew who the driver of the car was and also provided them with a location to find her. As a result of this information, a suspect was positively identified and later arrested for the crime.

For her alertness and willingness to assist the East Brunswick Police Department in locating and arresting a criminal hit and run driver, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Ms. Sherri Lutz with this Civilian Service Award.          

CIVILIAN SERVICE AWARD
Philip Maille
Ronald DeMarco
Mario DeClaro
David Polonis

This award is for professional achievement in the superior performance of their duties while serving as the East Brunswick Township Maintenance Staff. Philip Maille, Manager of Maintenance, and his staff to name Ronald DeMarco, Mario DeClaro and David Polonis are Skilled Workers in the Building Maintenance Department. Each have been instrumental in the accomplishment of a number of Police Department special projects including but not limited to the renovation of the Police Training Facility, Administrative Offices, Special Investigations Unit, Records Bureau, and the police locker room just to name a few. They are consistently asked almost daily, be it an officer or police civilian administrative staff, to complete a task for the department and are always quick to respond to the task.

Their dedication to the improvement of our agency is demonstrated through their long hours of assisting in assignments sometimes outside of their normal duties. Their initiative, perseverance, and dedication to helping the East Brunswick Police Department is truly appreciated by all sworn officers as well as civilian personnel. Each of these gentlemen have a strong work ethic, are enthusiastic, work well with others, and have completed projects that contribute greatly to our agency.

It is for these reasons and their ability to work cohesively as a team that the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Philip Maille, Ronald DeMarco, Mario DeClaro, and David Polonis with this Civilian Service Award.

LETTER OF COMMENDATION
Patrolman Justin Schlusselfeld
Patrolman Brian Adams

On January 24, 2017, at approximately 7:35PM, patrol units responded to a Taylor Avenue address for a dispute between a mother and her 17 year old son who was alleged to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Upon arrival, Patrolman Justin Schlusselfeld observed the juvenile half way out of an open second story window threatening to jump. Officer Schlusselfeld advised other on scene units of the situation via radio.

At this time, Patrolman Brian Adams forced entry into the apartment and made his way to the juvenile’s bedroom. Once located, Officer Adams was able to physically restrain the juvenile and take him into custody before he was able to harm himself or any other on-scene personnel.

For their quick response and sound judgment, as well as their swift actions in a situation that could have resulted in significant bodily injury, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Patrolman Justin Schlusselfeld and Patrolman Brian Adams with this Letter of Commendation.

LETTER OF COMMENDATION
Patrolman Dennis Chieffo

On January 14, 2017, at approximately 11:30PM, Patrolman Dennis Chieffo was on patrol in the area of Ryders Lane near Summerhill Road when he observed a vehicle commit several traffic violations. As a result of Officer Chieffo’s observations, a motor vehicle stop was conducted.

While speaking with the driver, who was unable to produce his credentials, Officer Chieffo detected an odor of raw marijuana emanating from within the passenger compartment of the vehicle. The driver was removed from the vehicle in order that a search of its interior could be conducted. That search subsequently yielded 1/4 pound of cocaine, 1/4 pound of marijuana, 200 Xanax pills, distributing and packaging materials, and assorted drug paraphernalia.

For his sound use of proactive patrol techniques and keen investigative skills, which led to the arrest of a suspected drug dealer and the removal of dangerous drugs from the streets of East Brunswick, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Patrolman Dennis Chieffo with this Letter of Commendation.

LETTER OF COMMENDATION
Detective Crispen Farrace

On March 2, 2017, at approximately 6:45AM, East Brunswick Police units responded to Wells Fargo bank on a report of a pedestrian that had been struck by a motor vehicle which was fleeing from a separate crash at the bank itself. As a result of the investigation, Detective Crispin Farrace responded to the scene to assist.

While searching for the suspect, Detective Farrace learned that the suspect was in custody at Sayreville Police Department for intentionally striking a pedestrian with his vehicle in their jurisdiction. After speaking with the Sayreville investigators, Detective Farrace believed that the suspect was responsible for a third pedestrian hit and run that occurred in East Brunswick on River Road. After locating the third victim, Detective Farrace was able to confirm that the suspect was responsible for intentionally targeting the third victim who was jogging along River Road. The suspect later provided a taped statement indicating that he was attempting to kill the victim with his vehicle.

For his sound use of investigative skills, which led to the arrest of an attempted murderer, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Detective Crispin Farrace with this Letter of Commendation.

LETTER OF COMMENDATION
Patrolman Christian Longhitano

Between March 30, 2017 and April 17, 2017, Patrolman Christian Longhitano, assigned to “B” Squad Afternoon Watch, made two significant arrests resulting in the seizure of a large quantity of controlled substances and the arrest of two suspected drug dealers.

Officer Longhitano, while on routine patrol, conducted two separate motor vehicle investigations as a result of him observing suspicious behavior by the vehicle’s occupants. During these investigations, Patrolman Longhitano was able to recover 80 bags of cocaine, 35 vials of “crack cocaine” and assorted drug paraphernalia.

Through his sound use of proactive patrol techniques and keen investigative skills, which led to the arrest of suspected drug dealers and the removal of controlled substances from the streets of East Brunswick, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Patrolman Christian Longhitano with this Letter of Commendation.

LETTER OF COMMENDATION
Patrolman Michael Methner

On October 20, 2017, at approximately 7:55PM, Patrolman Michael Methner was on patrol in the area of the Brunswick Square Mall when he observed a vehicle strike a parking lot curb and proceed to exit onto Rues Lane. Officer Methner followed the vehicle and observed it operating in a manner consistent with an operator driving under the influence.

As a result of Officer Methner’s observations, a motor vehicle stop was conducted and an investigation ensued. The driver, who was unable to produce any credentials, was removed from the vehicle at which time a pat down search was conducted. As a result of this search, a bundle of heroin and a cut straw were located in the driver’s pocket. The driver was placed under arrest and the passengers were removed from the vehicle so its interior could be searched. This search subsequently yielded 4 ½ additional bricks of heroin and 176 Xanax pills as well as resulting in the arrest of an adult passenger.

For his keen observations and sound investigative skills, which resulted in the arrest of two suspected drug dealers and the removal of controlled substances from the streets of East Brunswick, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Patrolman Michael Methner with this Letter of Commendation.

LETTER OF COMMENDATION
Patrolman Michael Methner

On October 21, 2017, approximately 5:25PM, Patrolman Michael Methner was dispatched to Jamesburg Park in the area of Helmetta Boulevard to assist Spotswood Police who were attempting to locate an elderly male who was believed to be missing and in danger.

After searching a heavily wooded and swampy area, under the cover of darkness, Officer Methner found the victim who was stuck knee deep in mud, unable to free himself. Because of his position in the large wooded area, Patrolman Methner had to be located by the New Jersey State Police Helicopter Unit who had been assisting with the search. Additional rescuers would later assist in removing the victim from the mud and transport him to the hospital for medical treatment.

For his diligence and perseverance during a lengthy and difficult search, which led to the recovery of a lost and stranded individual, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Patrolman Michael Methner with this Letter of Commendation.

LETTER OF COMMENDATION
Patrolman Justin Schlusselfeld

On February 16, 2017, at approximately 7:30PM, Patrolman Justin Schlusselfeld was on patrol in the area of Ryders Lane and Milltown Road when he observed a female that he believed to match the description of a burglary suspect walking along the roadway. Officer Schlusselfeld stopped the woman in an attempt to confirm his suspicions.

As Patrolman Schlusselfeld was conducting his investigation, the suspect was found to be in possession of a hypodermic syringe and was subsequently arrested. While at headquarters, it was confirmed that the female was the wanted burglary suspect. However, she was also found to be in possession of gold coins which had been stolen from a separate burglary in East Brunswick. Consent to search the suspect’s residence was granted and led to the recovery of additional gold coins from the separate incident. The female was subsequently charged with two counts of burglary and possession of a hypodermic syringe.

Through his sound use of proactive patrol techniques and keen observation, as well as investigative skills, which led to the arrest of a burglary suspect and the recovery of personal property, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Patrolman Justin Schlusselfeld with this Letter of Commendation.

LETTER OF COMMENDATION
Patrolman Justin Schlusselfeld
Patrolman Julia Lancos

On January 20, 2017, at approximately 9:45PM, Patrolman Justin Schlusselfeld and Patrolman Julia Lancos were on patrol in the area of Cranbury Road and Rues Lane when they observed a vehicle disregard a red traffic signal. As a result of their observations, a motor vehicle stop was conducted.

While speaking with the driver, the officers detected an odor of both raw and burnt marijuana emanating from within the passenger compartment of the vehicle. The driver was removed from the vehicle at this time in order that a search of its interior could be conducted. That search subsequently yielded over one pound of marijuana and over $9,000 in cash.

Through their sound use of proactive patrol techniques and keen investigative skills, which led to the arrest of a suspected drug dealer, the seizure of drug related proceeds, and the removal of dangerous drugs from the streets of East Brunswick, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Patrolman Justin Schlusselfeld and Patrolman Julia Lancos with this Letter of Commendation.

LETTER OF COMMENDATION
Patrolman Robert Theoret

On September 14, 2017, at approximately 12:45AM, Patrolman Robert Theoret was on patrol in the area of Studio 6 when he observed a vehicle parked in the fire lane. Upon approaching the vehicle, Officer Theoret observed the driver to be sleeping.

After waking the driver and speaking with her briefly, she indicated that she was waiting to pick up two friends. At this time two males exited Studio 6 and began walking towards the officer. Upon observing Officer Theoret, the males appeared startled, at which time the officer approached them. While speaking with the males, Patrolman Theoret detected the odor marijuana emanating from the person of one of them. Officer Theoret subsequently conducted a search of that individual which yielded a quantity of less than 50 grams of marijuana as well as 78 bags of cocaine packaged for sale.

Through his sound use of proactive patrol techniques and keen investigative skills, which led to the arrest of a suspected drug dealer and the removal of dangerous drugs from the streets of East Brunswick, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Patrolman Robert Theoret with this Letter of Commendation.

LETTER OF COMMENDATION
Detective Daniel Unkel
Detective Joseph Bauer
Patrolman Robert Thuring

Throughout the month of May 2017, the Township was experiencing an unusually large amount of motor vehicle burglaries and motor vehicle thefts. As a result of an arrest made by New Brunswick Police Department, Detective Daniel Unkel was able to develop a suspect potentially linked to the East Brunswick cases. As a result of this development, patrol personnel were alerted and surveillance ensued.

On June 15, 2017, Patrolman Robert Thuring conducted a motor vehicle stop on a car believed to have been involved in several motor vehicle break-ins that evening. As a result of this stop, Officer Thuring arrested the occupants for theft and receiving stolen property and recovered multiple pieces of stolen electronics. Detective Joseph Bauer later interviewed the suspects who provided him with a full confession to the East Brunswick motor vehicle thefts and break-ins in addition to thefts committed in North Brunswick and New Brunswick.

For their keen observations, sound investigative skills and their ability to work collaboratively as a team, which resulted in the arrest of multiple suspects in multiple jurisdictions, the East Brunswick Department of Public Safety is proud to present Detective Daniel Unkel, Detective Joseph Bauer and Patrolman Robert Thuring with this Letter of Commendation.

LETTER OF COMMENDATION
Detective Daniel Unkel
Detective Alexander Danese

Between March 27, 2017 and June 9, 2017, Detective Daniel Unkel and Detective Alexander Danese, assigned to the East Brunswick Police Special Investigations Unit made three significant arrests resulting in the seizure of a large quantity of controlled substances and the arrest of multiple suspected drug dealers.

Detectives Unkel and Danese, during the course of lengthy narcotics investigations, were able to develop enough probable cause to execute search warrants in Sayreville and East Brunswick. One of these locations was a commercial establishment suspected to be selling controlled substances to teenagers and young adults. As a result of these investigations, 1,551 bags of heroin, one pound of marijuana, multiple doses of LSD, Suboxone, hash dabs and hash oil were seized in addition to a stun gun, distribution materials, and hypodermic syringes.

Through their sound use of investigative skills, which led to the arrest of multiple suspected drug dealers, the removal of controlled substances from the streets of East Brunswick as well as other communities, and the closure of an illicit establishment, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Detective Daniel Unkel and Detective Alexander Danese with this Letter of Commendation.

LETTER OF COMMENDATION
Patrolman Reginald Wright

On October 3, 2017, at approximately 9:00AM, Patrolman Reginald Wright was on patrol in the area of Route 18 and Tices Lane when he observed a vehicle with several unrestrained occupants pass by him. As a result of the observed infractions, a motor vehicle stop was conducted.

While speaking with the driver, Officer Wright detected the odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the vehicle’s interior. Patrolman Wright removed the occupants from the vehicle in order that a search could be conducted. As a result of the search, a quantity of less than 50 grams of marijuana was seized resulting in the arrest of two individuals. During processing, one suspect had been providing Officer Wright with a false identity, however, fingerprints would later confirm that the individual was a fugitive from justice and was wanted out of Puerto Rico for criminal homicide.

Through his sound use of proactive patrol techniques and investigative skills, which led to the arrest of a wanted homicide suspect, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Patrolman Reginald Wright with this Letter of Commendation.

LIFE SAVING AWARD
Patrolman Brian Ventura
Patrolman Agnes Garncarz
Patrolman Julia Lancos
Patrolman Daniel Werner

On January 24, 2017, at approximately 10:30PM, Patrolman Brian Ventura, Patrolman Agnes Garncarz, Patrolman Julia Lancos and Patrolman Daniel Werner responded to Starbucks in Mid State Mall for a disorderly person. During the course of their investigation, the suspect became extremely irritated and subsequently collapsed and became unresponsive. The officers immediately assessed the subject and determined that he had gone into cardiac arrest.

Patrolmen Garncarz, Lancos and Werner immediately began CPR efforts while Patrolman Ventura retrieved his AED defibrillator from his patrol car. The AED was subsequently administered by Patrolman Ventura and successfully delivered one shock at which time the medics from Robert Wood Johnson arrived on scene. The victim was brought back to consciousness and transported to the hospital where he ultimately made a full recovery.

For their timely response, quick actions, and their ability to work as a team that directly resulted in the preservation of life, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Patrolman Brian Ventura, Patrolman Agnes Garncarz, Patrolman Julia Lancos, and Patrolman Daniel Werner with this Life Saving Award.

LIFE SAVING AWARD
Patrolman Michael Methner
Patrolman Justin Schlusselfeld

On November 23, 2017, at approximately 3:05PM, Patrolman Michael Methner and Patrolman Justin Schlusselfeld responded to Mason Avenue on a report of an unconscious, unresponsive male. Upon their arrival, the officers immediately assessed the victim and determined that he had gone into cardiac arrest.

While Patrolman Methner began CPR efforts, Patrolman Schlusselfeld prepared to administer his AED defibrillator which subsequently delivered several successful shocks bringing the victim back to consciousness and eventually making a full recovery.

For their timely response and quick actions that directly resulted in the preservation of life, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Patrolman Michael Methner and Patrolman Justin Schlusselfeld with this Life Saving Award.

LIFE SAVING AWARD
Detective Daniel Unkel
Detective Kye Jun

On October 3, 2017, at approximately 4:15PM, Detective Daniel Unkel and Detective Kye Jun, who were assigned to the Special Investigations Unit, were in the immediate area of Merrill Avenue when dispatch advised that there was a male choking at a nearby residence. Within seconds, the Detectives arrived and found the 69 year old victim unconscious in a kitchen chair.

Detective Unkel and Detective Jun immediately began taking turns performing the Heimlich maneuver on the victim and were ultimately successful in dislodging the airway obstruction. The victim regained consciousness, began breathing on his own, and ultimately made a full recovery.

For their timely response and quick actions that directly resulted in the preservation of life, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Detective Daniel Unkel and Detective Kye Jun with this Life Saving Award.

UNIT CITATION
Patrolman James Angermeier Jr.
Detective John Breen
Detective Michael Smith

On March 16, 2017, at approximately 9:55PM, East Brunswick Police units responded to Old Bridge Turnpike near Gunia Street on a report of a pedestrian who had been struck by a motor vehicle. Upon their arrival, the pedestrian was provided with medical assistance and transported to the hospital, however, the suspect who hit victim had fled the scene and was unable to be located.

In the days after the crash, Patrolman James Angermeier Jr., Detective Michael Smith and Detective John Breen began a follow up investigation. After locating vehicle parts left at the scene, the two investigators were able to determine the suspect vehicle’s make, model, and color. A Nixle message asking for the public’s assistance would later be answered and provide a suspect in the crash. This suspect was subsequently located and the recovered parts from the scene would positively identify the vehicle that had fled the scene of the hit and run. The driver was charged with aggravated assault by auto, endangering an injured victim, and multiple motor vehicle offenses.

Through their sound use of investigative skills and keen abilities to work collaboratively as a team, which led to the arrest of a criminal hit and run driver, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Patrolman James Angermeier Jr., Detective Michael Smith and Detective John Breen with this Unit Citation.

UNIT CITATION
Sergeant Joseph Kowal
Patrolman Michael Methner
Patrolman Robert Theoret
Patrolman Justin Schlusselfeld
Patrolman Brian Ventura
Patrolman John Hoernlein

On the night of August 10, 2017, at approximately 9:05PM, Patrolman Michael Methner and Patrolman Robert Theoret responded to a Stratford Road residence to check the welfare of an emotionally disturbed female who had failed to return to the hospital for re-evaluation. Upon arrival, while the officers were speaking with the subject’s mother, the female ran into the residence and locked all the doors.

After multiple unsuccessful attempts to have the female open the doors to the residence, on scene officers forced entry and made contact with the female who was brandishing a large kitchen knife. At this time, the Officers repeatedly directed the female to drop the knife, however, she ignored all verbal commands to comply. Officer Theoret utilized his OC spray in an attempt to incapacitate the female but her aggressions continued to escalate.

Additional officers arrived on scene moments later including Sergeant Joseph Kowal, Patrolman Justin Schlusselfeld, Patrolman Brian Ventura and Patrolman John Hoernlein, when a second attempt to use OC spray was attempted with negative results. It was at this time that the officers, utilizing a protective ballistic shield, approached and physically confronted the armed female. The female was successfully disarmed and taken into custody without any harm to her or any of the officers.

For their use of sound tactics, great restraint, and good judgment, in a situation that could have resulted in the use of deadly force to an emotionally disturbed individual, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present this Unit Citation to Sergeant Joseph Kowal, Patrolman Michael Methner, Patrolman Robert Theoret, Patrolman Justin Schlusselfeld, Patrolman Brian Ventura and Patrolman John Hoernlein.