NORTH BRUNSWICK — The North Brunswick Police Department promoted two officers to the rank of sergeant while also administering the oath of office to a new patrolman.
Joseph Falcone and Daniel Passafiume were each promoted to sergeant while Anthony M. Pinizzotto Jr. was sworn in during the Sept. 6 council meeting.
Pinizzotto graduated from the Mercer County Police Academy in January 2014 and worked as a police officer with the Green Brook Township Police Department. He earned an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice and an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Raritan Valley Community College in 2010.
Falcone, who was hired in March 2001, had previously worked as a Middlesex County sheriff’s officer and as a corrections officer at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center (MCACC).
While working in North Brunswick, Falcone has received letters of commendation and appreciation, including an Exceptional Service Award and a Director’s Unit Citation.
Falcone also participated in the recovery efforts related to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
He received his associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Middlesex County College.
Passafiume was hired by North Brunswick in 2005 through an intergovernmental transfer from the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department. He also previously worked as a corrections officer at MCACC.
He has received several letters of appreciation and commendation, including three Lifesaving Awards and an Exceptional Service Award.
Passafiume received an associate’s degree in Police Science from Middlesex County College, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in Human Resources Training/Development and Education Administration/Supervision from Seton Hall University.
Falcone and Passafiume were most recently the delegate and president of North Brunswick PBA Local 160, respectively.
The hiring and promotions are a result of back fill for recent retirements, according to Police Director Kenneth McCormick.