Officers Matthew J. Dobrowolski, Christian S. Dorsey and Tahron E. Green were sworn in last week as Montclair Police Department probationary officers by Municipal Deputy Clerk Juliet Lee in township Council Chambers.
Matthew J. Dobrowolski graduated from Montclair State University in May of 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Justice Studies. He previously erved as a Class II Special Police Officer with the Essex County Sherriff’s Office. He also volunteers at his local church where he is a member of the Knights of Columbus. Officer Dobrowolski will wear badge #270.
Christian S. Dorsey graduated from the University at Albany in December of 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. Officer Dorsey previously completed an internship with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. He has also coached in the Montclair Pop Warner youth football league. Officer Dorsey will wear badge #271.
Tahron E. Green earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Montclair State University in 2015. He previously performed security work for the East Orange Board of Education and coached in Montclair Cobras Junior Football program. Officer Green will wear badge #272.
All the newly hired officers are slated to attend the Passaic County Police academy where they will undergo the Basic Course for Police Officers. This training program is approved by the New Jersey Police Training Commission and designed specifically for newly appointed police officers. It includes a prescribed course of study that a police officer must complete as a condition for permanent appointment. Officer Dobrowolski will complete an abbreviated version of this course where certain training that he previously completed as a Class II Special Police Officer is waived.
Upon successful completion of the Basic Course for Police Officers, all officers will undergo a Field Training Program where each officer will be paired with specially trained, experienced, patrol officers or FTOs. The training curriculum covers a wide array of topics that range from Departmental operations, at-scene criminal investigations, and handling domestic violence incidents, to traffic enforcement and issues of homeland security.
The trainees rotate through different trainers and shifts while receiving daily standardized evaluations based on their performance. These evaluations are periodically reviewed by the Field Training Program Supervisor. Progress is then evaluated prior to the trainee’s completion of training and final assignment to the Patrol Division by the Chief of Police.