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Newest Mount Olive Township officer begins full time duties

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris county) – The Mount Olive Township Police Department has announced that Patrol Officer John Simonetti, Badge #128, has been released from the Field Training Program and will assume full patrol duties.

“All Mount Olive Police Officers, once they graduate the police academy, must successfully complete the Field Training Program. The program generally lasts three months and rookie officers must successfully meet the five hundred and ninety seven (597) training objectives that cover a multitude of police activities, laws, policies and procedures. Officer Simonetti’s Field Training Officers were FTO’s Michael Carletta and Andrew Spotts,” Mount Olive Township Police Chief Stephen Beecher said.

Officer Simonetti is a 2011 graduate of Belvidere High School. In the fall of 2011, he attended Raritan Valley Community College. In February 2012, he enlisted in the United States Air Force; serving through December of 2015. During that time he had deployments to Djibouti and Kuwait. In the spring of 2016, Officer Simonetti began attending the University of Pittsburgh. On April 27, 2019; he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Sociology. Following college, he worked at Picatinny Arsenal.

On January 1, 2020, Mayor Robert Greenbaum approved Officer Simonetti’s recommendation for hire as a Police Officer. Officer Simonetti is a graduate of the 94th Basic Police Class of the Morris County Police Academy. He graduated July 10th of this year.

Officer Simonetti is a resident of Netcong and is the son of John and Jan Simonetti.

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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