Sheriff Swears In New & Promoted Officers
|Lt. Michael DiGuilio is sworn in with the help of his four-year-old grandson Trenton Rhea, who also aspires to a career in law enforcement. Additional photos are on the Somerset County Facebook page.
Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano held a swearing-in ceremony Sept. 20 for newly hired and promoted officers. Superior Court Judge Paul Armstrong administered the oaths in the county’s historic courthouse on East Main Street in Somerville.
The sheriff announced six promotions in the Law Enforcement Division as well as one new Sheriff’s Officer and five new hires in the Corrections Division. The new employees are replacements for officers who have retired in the past year.
Promoted personnel included:
Capt. Steve SanAntonio – He serves as Commander of the Agency Accreditation program, Agency Training, Community Outreach Programs, Medicine Collection Programs, Student Internship program, Field Training Officer program, School Resource Officers (SRO) and K-9 Unit. He also collaborates with PoliceOne Academy, a web-based activity tracking system for Policy and Training delivery for Law Enforcement and Civilian personnel. He also serves the community where he resides, as a commissioner for the Berkeley Heights PAL and as the founder and head coach for the Track and Cross Country program, where he has trained over 1,500 children in the past four years. He graduated for the Union County Police Academy in 1991. He is married with two children.
Capt. Mark Szczecina – A 25-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, he has received numerous commendations, including Hurricane Floyd Deployment, 1999; Fugitive Capture, 2000; World Trade Center New York City Deployment, 2001; Project Lifesaver, 2004; Gang and Terrorism Unit, 2004; Special Response Team, 2005; Hurricane Katrina New Orleans Deployment, 2005; Armed Robbery Capture, 2011; and the Life Saving Award for locating a missing person, 2013. He currently is the Project Lifesaver Commander, Project Lifesaver Search and Rescue Electronic Search Specialist, National Instructor, and an Unmanned Ariel System (UAS) pilot. He also is a team leader for the Sheriff’s Special Response Team. Prior to his employment with Somerset County, he attended Wilkes University and East Stroudsburg University. He is married with two children and lives in Hillsborough.
Lt. Thomas Carlucci – Hired by the Sheriff's Office in 1998 as a cadet, he later transferred to the Correctional Division where he served as a Corrections Officer at the Somerset County Jail. In 2003, he transferred to the Law Enforcement Division, where he served as a Field Training Officer and Firearms Instructor as well as Traffic Safety Coordinator. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in June 2014 where, in addition to his operational duties, he coordinates in-service training for response to active shooter, self-aid buddy-aid concepts and application, force-on-force trainings, mobile field force operations, as well as security and operational planning for incidents and critical responses. He regularly teaches tactical firearms as well as self-aid/buddy-aid/bleeding control to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. He is a core committee member for the NJ JSMART program, which is responsible for a statewide task force to protect the judiciary and a statewide protective intelligence database, the Suspicious Activity Monitoring System (SAMS), to share intelligence. He is married and lives in Califon.
Lt. Michael DiGuilio – He began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in 2001, bringing nine years’ prior law enforcement experience. By 2002 he was made a Field Training Officer. In 2005 he was assigned to the Detective Bureau, where he became a Lead Investigator and an Evidence Custodian. In 2014 he was promoted to the rank of sergeant, overseeing all daily operations. In 2015 he was assigned to the Detective Bureau, overseeing five detectives and one civilian employee. In November 2016 he was assigned to the Somerset County Courthouse. He also is an Internal Affairs Investigator. He has received numerous awards and letters of appreciation for services to the community. He is a graduate of the Somerset County BELT (Building Exceptional Leadership Talent) Program. He is now assigned to the Operations Division and Internal Affairs. He is married with one daughter and one grandson, and lives in Bridgewater.
Sgt. Richard Fedora – He started with the Sheriff’s Office in 1993 as a cadet and was hired as a full-time Sheriff’s Officer in December 1994. He attended the 72nd class of the John H. Stamler Police Academy in Union County and graduated in June 1995. He has been an agency Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor and an armorer of Sheriff’s Office issued shotgun and rifles. He currently serves as the lead Firearms Instructor and head of the firearms program. In 2005, he was assigned to the Detective Bureau, where he served as back-up to the 4D warrant program (Deadbeat Parent Roundup), executive protection as well as being the domestic-violence specialist. In 2009, he received certification for Law Enforcement flying armed and received travel orders to transport a prisoner via commercial aircraft to New Hanover County Jail in Castle Hayne, NC. In 2015, he was assigned as a line Officer where he served in the Somerset County Courthouse. He currently is assigned to Courthouse Operations, where he oversees the line officers and daily operations. He has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout his career, including a 2002 letter of commendation for volunteer service at the World Trade Center Ground Zero. He volunteers in his town of Hillsborough as his two sons’ baseball and football coach.
Sgt. Scott Tozzi – He came to the Sheriff’s Office in February 1999 with almost four years of prior law enforcement experience in Hunterdon County. In 2000 he became heavily involved with training where he received his ASP Tactical Baton Instructor Certification, Smith & Wesson Academy Armorers Certification, as well as his Firearms Instructor Certification. In 2002 he obtained his Field Training Officer Certification where he has trained more than 40 officers. In 2005 he received his Benelli Armorers M1, M4 and Nova Certification. In 2014 he received his Glock Armorers Certification. In 2016 he was selected to be our agencies Field Training Officer liaison. He has received several other awards, letters of appreciation and other distinctions throughout his career. He now is assigned to the Administrative Division. He has two children and lives in Glen Gardner.
New hires sworn in included:
Sheriff’s Officer Michael Lester – He is a graduate of Middlesex High School Class of 2010, where he was a captain of the high school basketball team. He graduated from Raritan Valley Community College with honors, earning an associate’s degree in criminal justice. He completed his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Kean University, graduating with honors in 2014. He went on to graduate from the Cape May County Police Academy Class 42 in June 2017.
Corrections Officer Tyler Scott – He grew up and resides in Raritan, and graduated from Immaculata High School in 2012. He played varsity football as a defensive back and wide receiver for Immaculata. After high school he attended East Stroudsburg University, where he was a two-year letter winner in football, and graduated with two bachelor’s degrees, in criminal justice and sociology. He also was inducted as a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta National Honor Society. As a senior in college, he completed an internship with the New Jersey State Police.
Corrections Officer David Castro – Born and raised in Manville, he attended and graduated in 2011 from Manville High School, where he was a four-year varsity letter winner in wrestling, captain of the wrestling team and Skyland Conference Champion. He received his associate’s degree in exercise science from Raritan Valley Community College and is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree from Montclair State University. He also is a volunteer wrestling coach.
Corrections Officer Adam Goldenberg – Born and raised in Old Bridge, he graduated from high school in 2004. While in high school Adam played several sports and wrote for the school’s newspaper for four years, serving as the newspaper’s editor his senior year. He attended Kean University and graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. After college, he began working in the mental health field and then worked for the New Jersey Department of Corrections before coming to the Somerset County Jail. He also works with the charity K-9 Soldiers Inc., which is run by his fiancé’s family; the focus of the charity is to donate service dogs to wounded veterans and law enforcement departments.
Corrections Officer Carly Johnson – She grew up in Dunellen and was part of a high school graduating class of only 75 students. She continued her education at William Paterson University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a concentration in criminal justice. She was accepted into the nursing program at William Paterson, but after completing multiple classes in the criminal justice field, she switched her major to sociology and decided to apply to the Somerset County Jail for the position of Corrections Officer.
Corrections Officer Roberto Ortega – He has spent a majority of his life in Bridgewater, graduating from Bridgewater-Raritan High School and then attending Raritan Valley Community College for one year. During that year, he spent part of a semester interning at the Somerset County Jail. He continued on to finish his college education at Rutgers University-Newark with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in political science. During his time at Rutgers, he was invited to join the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and The National Society of Leadership and Success.
Sheriff Provenzano also reported on some of his office’s programs and services, including:
- The addition of a human-tracking dog to the K-9 Unit, named in memory of a local World War II hero, Marine Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone. K-9 Basilone is handled by Officer Shannon Dinella. Other members of the K-9 Unit are Apex (narcotics detection), handled by Office David Daneker, and Diesel (explosives detection) and Billy (arson detection), handled by Officer Albert Bauer. K-9 Diesel also is crossed-trained for human tracking. “Since 2003, our K-9’s have answered a total of 1,821 calls and have taken $2.9 million worth of drugs off the streets, along with six guns and $220,000 in currency,” the sheriff said. “They have assisted in finding lost children and in the apprehension of criminals. The K-9’s are valuable in the Project Lifesaver Program, whereby clients (children and adults) wear a personalized wristband that emits a signal in the event they become missing. And to show how all these programs integrate, we now have a drone that can be used in multiple ways in tracking and securing the safety of our residents.”
- The Sheriff’s Office Adopt-A-Road Program. Started in August 2016, the program now has four areas that are serviced by utilizing inmates on a monthly basis with no cost to taxpayers to maintain clean roads, ballparks and other county properties. The county roads are Cedar Grove Road, Franklin; Burnt Mills Road and Route 202-206, Bedminster; Somerset Street, North Plainfield; and Somerset Street in Raritan.
- The Rx Mission Drive-in/Drop-Off Program. Since its inception in 2010, the program has taken in over 12,000 pounds of outdated, unused or unwanted medicines. The Sheriff’s Office has two medications drop boxes, one at the Sheriff’s headquarters in Somerville and the other at the Franklin Township Police Department headquarters.
- Other Sheriff’s Office initiatives, including the HERO Designated Driver program; the Sheriff’s Special Response Team, Gang Unit and Senior Safety Program; a school resource officer working with children at the Somerset County Vo-Tech High School; child seat installation and safety programs; Sheriff’s Honor Guard, which participates in the sheriff’s and other local ceremonies; and the annual Toys 4 Tots collection.
- The Bureau of Criminal Identification, which has been certified as the best in New Jersey. The bureau is the depository of all criminal records of people lodged in the county jail.
“All these programs could not be possible without the support of all the employees of the Sheriff’s Office, and I thank them for their professionalism and dedication to the citizens of Somerset County,” Sheriff Provenzano said.