The Asbury Park Police Department swore in a new Class 1 Special Law Enforcement officer, city native Johnson Pierre.
Public Communications Director Sergeant Michael Casey said Pierre, 18, just graduated from Asbury Park High School in June.
While in high school, one of Pierre’s elective courses was a Law and Public Safety.
This course involved attending the Monmouth County Police Academy for half a day on certain school days.
While at the police academy, some of the topics covered were morals, ethics and professionalism, summons writing/issuing, handcuffing and unarmed self-defense.
Upon completing the academy’s courses, Pierre was required to obtain his high school diploma and a commitment of employment from a law enforcement agency.
Upon doing so, Pierre obtained his Class I Special Law Enforcement certification from the New Jersey Police Training Commission.
While employed with the Asbury Park Police Department Pierre will work 40 hours a week during the peak season and 20 hours a week in the off peak season.
He will earn a salary of $12 an hour.
This is Pierre’s first step in achieving his goal of becoming a full time police officer in town