One was a star softball player at Toms River High School East who threw a perfect game her senior year, the other a former football player at rival Toms River High School South and North...now Jordan Weed and Jesse Tate are both police officers on the same team.

Tate and Weed were sworn in as full-time officers by Manchester Mayor Kenneth T. Palmer during a ceremony on Tuesday in front of family, police personnel and Township administrators.

Jesse Tate, 24, is a former Tight End in Toms River who went on to play at Elon University in Phoenix where he received full athletic scholarships for football and later earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications, at the University of New Haven, where he pursued a master’s degree in National Security.

He completed Ocean County Police Academy Special Class II Training, 43rd Class, on May 17, 2018, and previously worked for the Seaside Heights Police Department.

During the police academy, Tate achieved a physical fitness ranking of 3 out of 52 recruits, scoring 450 out of 500 possible points.

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Jordan Weed, 23, is a former pitcher and first-baseman for the Toms River High School East Raiders who went on to play at Boston College on a full athletic scholarship for softball and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

She previously interned for the Boston College Police Department, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven.

Ptl. Weed graduated from the Monmouth County Police Academy as the top ranked female recruit on May 23, 2018.

Weed had over 100-hits as a softball player for the Raiders and in April of 2013 struck out all 21 batters she faced to complete a perfect game and help Toms River East defeat Manchester 9-0 in the opening round of the Ocean County Tournament.

A year prior, during her junior season, Weed went 26-3 on the mound while piling up 208 strikeouts in 183-innings which earned her 2nd team All-State honors.

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Both Tate and Weed completed a grueling series of physical tests of their strength after applying to Manchester Police during their hiring process that began in January of this year with 170-people vying for a job on the force in phase-one.

The 92 applicants who completed all portions of the physical exam were invited to participate in the Written Examination phase.

From there, the top scorers went before the Oral Board for extensive interviews.

Then, the top candidates underwent a thorough background investigation and submitted to medical, psychological, and drug screenings.

“Our hiring process is rigorous and demanding, and only those individuals who meet the highest standards are considered for employment with the Manchester Township Police Department,” said Chief Lisa Parker. “Our residents should be proud knowing that Ptl. Tate and Ptl. Weed, two upstanding and driven individuals, will represent and serve our Department and community.”

Following the ceremony, Ptl. Tate and Ptl. Weed entered day one of the Manchester Township Police Department’s intensive twelve week Field Training and Evaluation Program.

During the training program, they will be instructed and mentored by several highly trained and seasoned officers.

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