SHOUT OUTS: A trio of Bergen County sheriff’s officers were officially promoted yesterday — one to lieutenant and two to sergeant — all filling previously vacated positions, Sheriff Michael Saudino said this afternoon.
New Lt. Lewis Morrell has been with the sheriff’s office 24 years and previously oversaw a robust warrant squad as Detective Bureau supervisor. Morell also led a group of local volunteers who participated in the Louisiana recovery after Hurricane Katrina. He also was president of PBA Local 134 for 12 years.
New Sgt. Thomas Braney, who will be assigned to the Homeland Security/Operations Unit, also began his law enforcement career in 1990, spending 13 years as a corrections officer and becoming a sheriff’s officer in 2003. He is a co-founder of the Project Lifesaver program, which provides a rapid response for those with special needs to reduce the potential for serious injury.
New Sgt. Shaun Mathew — who began his law enforcement career in 2004 as a corrections officer and five years later became a sheriff’s officer in the warrant unit — has extensive training and experience in fugitive apprehension, narcotics investigations and interviewing. Mathew also will be assigned to Homeland Security/Operations.
Saudino congratulated the trio.
“I am grateful for the work that they have put in and for the services they provide to Bergen County residents,” the sheriff said.
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