Years in the making and what a moment.
“Feels great, a lot of hard work to get here,” says newly promoted Lt. Ray Hernandez, who has served for 21 years in the Community Policing and Criminal Investigation Division.
“Took the test, you score well and then you can’t wait for this day to finally arrive. It’s amazing; it’s beautiful,” Hernandez says.
Perfect timing and a sweet gift for the holidays.
“It’s great to be the mayor of such a fantastic group of men and women who are constantly serving this great nation, this great community and it’s something that was overdue,” Mayor Felix Roque says.
In a police officer’s career, they look forward to promotions; to make it all the way to the top they have to be promoted four times.
“For these officers who’ve worked hard, it’s a proud day for them, their families and the West New York Police Department,” says Police Director Robert Antelos.
The mayor and board of commissioners are always supportive of the police.
“Whatever we need they get us and their goal is to keep the residents of West New York safe,” Antelos says, adding “And we’re gonna continue to do that every single day.”
Carlos Mateos has served for 15 years, including the Community Policing Division, Patrol Division Tactical Patrol Force and Criminal Investigation Division. He is also a member of WNY Department of Narcotics and was sworn in as Sergeant.
Marcos Garciga has served for 16 years and currently runs the Police Crisis Negotiation Team and is Officer in Charge of the WNY Police Accident Investigation Unit. He was sworn in as Lieutenant.
Jorge Ramos has served for 21 years. He was detailed to the Narcotics Unit and worked in Patrol, Motorcycle Officer, Detective and Firearms Instructor. He is part of the WNYPD SWAT team, member of Executive Board of the Police Benevolent Association and was sworn in as Sergeant.