Whether it was training and competing in a battle of wits or physical fitness tests, being promoted or spending time with the community, Jersey Shore Police Officers made a positive impact again this week.

More than 170-people participated in a physical agility examination, the first phase to become a Police Officer and Class Two-Special Officer in Manchester Township.

The testing at the high school consisted of Pull-ups, Push-ups, Sit-ups, Squat Thrusts, and a one mile run. Applicants who achieved a minimum combined passing score advanced to the boxing component which consisted of each applicant boxing against another applicant for a period of one minute.

Ocean County martial arts expert Master Paul Prendergast, owner and lead instructor of Paul Prendergast Karate Schools (Brick and Toms River). Master Prendergast, a 6th degree black belt, was asked by Lt. Vincent Manco, a former student, if he would assist the Police Department by supervising/officiating the boxing component.

"We would like to extend a sincere 'thank you' to Master Prendergast for his time, and the experience and superior level of training that he brings to our testing process," Chief Lisa Parker said. "The boxing exercise is so important in the selection process of street cops. The high level of professionalism that Master Prendergast brought to our test ensured a safe and controlled environment for the boxing exercise."

Applicants who successfully completed all phases of the physical agility examination were provided with a study guide which will help them to prepare for the next phase of testing, the written examination scheduled for February 8, 2018.

Sheriff Shaun Golden spoke with new recruits at the Monmouth County Police Academy.

Alongside Chief of County Detectives John McCabe of the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office Golden greeted the Special Law Enforcement Officers, SLEO ll class, who upon graduation will have full police powers while on duty and spoke to them about being a part of a team, honor and leadership skills.

Recruits of the Monmouth County Police Academy have also been receiving intense emergency medical responder training to prepare and provide them with lifesaving care as members of law enforcement.

The below video shows Monmouth County Police Academy Instructor Steve Schmidt, a retired Lt. from Hazlet Township Police Department conducting the American Heart Association's CPR class.

Officer Nick Manochio received a Life Saving Award from Mayor Stephanie Murray and was recognized for his heroic actions when he quickly found and rescued a lost dog that had fallen through the ice recently.

The Sullivan Family and their dog "Brody" attended the ceremony and presented the officer with a homemade card which read "Thank You Officer Manochio for saving my dog Brody."

Middletown Police Officer Nick Manochio who received a Life Saving Award from Mayor Stephanie Murray. (Middletown Police Department)

In Asbury Park...

Brick Township Police Officer Mark Hentges recently graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy.

He will now enter our intensive three-month Field Training Program, where he will be paired up with veteran officers and taught how to apply the information and skills he learned in the Academy to the dynamic, real-life environment of the street.

"Be sure to give Officer Hentges a wave when you see him on the streets of Brick Township!"

Brick Police Officer Mark Hentges, who recently graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy. (Brick Township Police Department)

Several police officers were given special permission to grow out their beards in order to raise money for Officer Joseph Graf, a State Correctional Police Officer who months back was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Each officer donates $50.00 with the money going to Officer Grafs medical expenses.

The officers decided to double it up  and will continue the fundraising and beard growing until the end of February.

They're asking for your help as well if you are financially able to donate to help this man in blue.

Berkeley Township Police Officers.

 

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