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BCPD promoting new sergeants, including decorated Marine vets

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

SHOUT OUTS: Two women, two decorated Marine veterans from the first Gulf War and a Chinese-American translator who speaks three dialects are officially being promoted to sergeant with the Bergen County Police Department today.

The 5 p.m. swearing-in will be held at the Hall of Heroes at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute, 281 Campgaw Road, in Mahwah.

Sgt. Christopher Chan (above)

Bergen County Police Department (CVP)

· Fair Lawn native, was graduated from FLHS;
· Bachelor of Science in Management, Rensselaer;
· Former NYPD and Fair Lawn police officer, more than 12 years combined experience;
· With BCPD: Medical Examiner investigator, SWAT officer, Rapid Deployment Force (RDF) member, firearms instructor, forensic video analyst, Chinese translator, Criminal Investigations detective;
· “Top Gun” shooting award winner in academy; Valor Award; Lifesaving Award.

Sgt. Gidget Petry (above)

· Lifelong Bergen County resident; was graduated from Hackensack High School, attended Montclair University in pursuit of Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies;
· Former Hackensack PD officer;
· With BCPD: Office of Emergency Management, OEM deputy coordinator, director of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and County Animal Response Team (CART), responsible for training more than 8,000 volunteers, BCPD Mounted Unit, senior SWAT Team hostage negotiator, member of Rapid Deployment Force (RDF) command staff, Access and Functional Needs (AFN) liaison to state.

Sgt Thomas Miller

· Born and raised in Chicago suburb of Harvey, IL;
· U.S. Marine veteran (1983); Infantry Mortarman at Camp Pendleton, CA and Camp Lejeune, NC; Marine Security Guard at embassies in Costa Rica, Indonesia, Honduras;
· Awarded Combat Action Ribbon for Operation Desert Storm; honorably discharged as Sergeant, 1994;
· Former Englewood Cliffs PD patrolman (2 years);
· With BCPD: detective, juvenile detective, training advisor at Bergen County Police Academy, Medical Examiner’s investigator, Bomb Squad;
· Did intensive 18-day training with Israeli Bomb Squad in Israel, certified firearms and physical fitness instructor;
· NJ PBA delegate from Local #49, member of the Bergen County Conference Executive Board, member of two state PBA committees.

Sgt. Scott Williams

· Lodi native, was graduated from LHS, enlisted in U.S. Marine Corps;
· Anti-Tank Assault Man in 1st Marine Division, deployed to Persian Gulf, participated in Operation Desert Storm, 6 years active duty, honorably discharged as Sergeant;
· Former State of New Jersey Human Services Police Department officer;
. With BCPD: SWAT Team, certified instructor for various tactical disciplines, including certified range master, has taught at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute for 16 years

Sgt. Sara Toro

· Fair Lawn native, was graduated from FLHS;
· Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Ramapo College; Master in Education and Human Development, George Washington University;
· Former FLPD officer (5 years);
· With BCPD: Primary BCC officer, juvenile detective, field training officer, active member of Water Search and Recovery Unit (WSAR).

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