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Newest Mount Olive Township police officers begin full time duties

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – The Mount Olive Township Police Department has released Patrol Officers Christian Leach, Badge #132 and Patrol Officer Justin Rodriguez, Badge# 133 from the Field Training Program. They will assume full patrol duties effective Monday, September 5, according to Mount Olive Township Police Chief Stephen Beecher.

“All Mount Olive Police Officers, upon graduation from the police academy, must 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 Leach’s Field Training Officer was Officer Andrew Spotts. Officer Rodriguez Field Training Officer was Officer Rick LaRicci,” Beecher said.

On December 25, 2021, Mayor Robert Greenbaum approved Officer Leach’s and Officer Rodriguez’s recommendation for hire as Police Officers.

Officers Leach and Rodriguez graduated on June 9 from the 98th Basic Police Class of the Morris County Police Academy.

Officer Leach is a 2017 graduate of Pope John High School in Sparta Township, where he was active on the baseball team. Following high school, he attended Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Justice in 2021. On June 5, 2021, Officer Leach started work as a part time Communications Officer in the Mount Olive Police Department’s Communications Center. Officer Leach is a volunteer firefighter in Chester Township. He is the son of Raymond Leach of Flanders, and Jackie Stackhouse of Long Valley.

Officer Rodriguez is a 2014 graduate of Carteret High School, where he was active on the football team. Following graduation, he attended Kean University where he continued playing football. He played Offensive Tackle for four (4) years, serving as Co-Captain of the team his senior year. In 2018, he graduated Kean University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. After graduating Kean, Officer Rodriguez worked as a Paraprofessional for Summit High School. He also served as an Assistant Coach on the football team. Officer Rodriguez is the son of Jose and Haydee Rodriguez of Carteret.

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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