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Byram Police hold swearing-in, award ceremony

BYRAM TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – The Byram Township Police Department held a swearing-in and awards ceremony at Tuesday night’s town council meeting.

This was the department’s first awards event in over two years due to Covid-related restrictions and it was to recognize some of the officers for their hard work and dedication to the residents of Byram Township.

The night began with the swearing-in of their two newest police officers, Ptl. Christopher Spaldo and Ptl. Derek Kuncken. Employed by Byram Township since July 2020, this was the first opportunity to have a swearing-in ceremony with their family and friends.

(Photo Credit: Byram Township Police Department/Facebook)
(Photo Credit: Byram Township Police Department/Facebook)
(Photo Credit: Byram Township Police Department/Facebook)

“Both officers have been doing an outstanding job since beginning patrol activities in December 2020 and we look forward to their continued growth in the law enforcement profession,” police said.

The following awards were presented:

  • The Good Conduct Award for twenty years of service was presented to Sgt. Mariani, Sgt. DeWald, Ptl. Sodano and Ptl. Marin. The Good Conduct Award for fifteen years of service was presented to Lt. Moreland and Ptl. Perry received the same award for five years of service.
  • The Educational Achievement Award for the completion of a bachelor’s degree was awarded to Ptl. Lisa, Ptl. Spaldo and Ptl. Kuncken.
  • The Unit Citation Award was presented to Sgt. Mariani, Sgt. DeWald, Sgt. Dellicker, Ptl. Sodano, Det. Tierney, Ptl. Mendelsohn, Ptl. Spaldo and Ptl. Kuncken. These officers conducted various response, recovery, and investigative operations after the discovery of a homicide victim and crime scene in the East Brookwood section of the township on December 19, 2020. Their collective efforts and seamless coordination with various other local and federal agencies quickly led investigators to the suspects in Watertown, NY.
  • The Exceptional Service Award was presented to Sgt. Dellicker for providing instrumental assistance to a joint investigation involving multiple local and federal law enforcement agencies that led to the successful apprehension and prosecution of the suspect.

“Congrats to all these officers for their outstanding work and commitment to our community and thank you to everyone who was able to attend,” police said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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