Little Silver will add a new police officer to its ranks this year.
Eric C. Van Schaack was among the 33 officers who graduated from the Monmouth County Police Academy on Dec. 6.
"Just like the men and women of our various law enforcement divisions who stepped up over the past six weeks in the wake of super storm Sandy, I have no doubt that you will step up, too," Monmouth County Freeholder Director John Curley said in a release. "Working around the clock, police officers provided assistance to residents in unprecedented ways. Police officers provided a first level of support to residents in need. You are now part of this important public service corps."
The graduating class completed more than 800 hours of training this year to become the 83rd Basic Course for Police Officers.
Police Academy Director David I. Morris said the new officers are trained and ready to begin protecting citizens in the communities they will serve. As special police officers, he said, they will be held to a higher standard of conduct and are expected to demonstrate an abiding sense of fairness.
“The people you serve expect these things from you,” Morris said.