Citizen Police Academy graduates 29 residents

Twenty-nine Monmouth County residents successfully completed the 10th annual Citizen Police Academy, and participated in a graduation ceremony held Nov. 10 at the Monmouth County Police Academy, Freehold Township.

Monmouth County Sheriff Joseph W. Oxley was joined by Police Academy Director John McCormack, Citizen Police Academy instructors and others in paying tribute to the program participants.

The academy’s goal is to build cooperation and understanding between law enforcement and the residents they serve through classroom discussion and group interaction. The program is offered in cooperation with the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, the Monmouth County Triad Association, the county Police Chiefs Association, and the Prosecutor’s Office. Residents selected for the 11-week program receive instruction on topics including crime prevention, crime scene investigations, traffic safety, forensics, and presentations by the U.S. customs Service and the U.S. Secret Service.

The graduates are: Debbie Borden, Diana Piotrowski, Ann Bodman, Agnes Tyson, Kimberly Sherman, Gilbert Burgess, Evelin Gaffney, Curt Schneider, Fran Schneider, Mike Barra, Jane Barra, Virginia Derickson, Shanon Zimmerman, Frank Giummo, Tamara Brown, Amrita Bahador, Kim Manfre, Michele Barkley, Dan Gibson, Mark Seraphin, Leslie Galliker, Steve Gravino, Ted Willner, Frank Aburtu, Roger Stokes, Pete Zalesko, Edgar Vanderveer, Lee Olsen and Jennifer White.

For more information about the academy, call Undersheriff Ted Freeman, (732) 308-2976, or Officer Allan Brunner (732) 577-8787; or visit