SHOUT OUTS: Four Bergen County Police Department officers were promoted and a new one sworn in last night.
New Lt. James Smith currently serves as a Water Search and Recovery diver, a medical examiner, an Alcotest assistant coordinator and a SWAT team operator and sniper.
Smith — who has been a patrol and school resource officer — was promoted to sergeant in 2006 and served as a supervisor in the patrol and the criminal investigations division. He was graduated from Hasbrouck Heights High School in 1992, enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for four years of active duty. After receiving an honorable discharge, he worked for two years as a county corrections officer before joining the BCPD.
Lt. John Laduca was assigned as Bomb Squad commander and Crisis Negotiation team leader in 2012. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University, became a Fair Lawn police officer in 2000 and became a BCPD patrolman two years later.
Laduca began with the Bomb Squad in 2003 as a trainee and subsequently was certified as a hazardous materials technician and radiological response officer. He has also served on the Crisis Negotiation Team and is certified as a bomb technician by the FBI and as a Crime Prevention Officer by the NYPD.
Lt. Frank Carrafiello came to the BCPD 16 years ago from the U.S. Marine Corps, for which he served as a sniper. He has Bachelor of Arts degree from FDU and has held various positions and assignments with the department.
That includes nearly 15 years with the SWAT Team, as well as serving with the Water Search and Recovery Team and Criminal Investigations Division. He also served as a Police Academy instructor and range master and has been on loan as a task force officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Lt. Bruce Reed is currently a bomb technician with the BCPD Bomb Squad and is the administrator of the Field Training program. A graduate of St. Mary’s HS in Rutherford, he became a Rutherford police officer in 2000 before transferring to the Bergen County Police Department four years later.
Reed ( top, with BCPD Chief Brian Higgins, Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan ) has served the BCPD as a patrol officer, detective, and member of the Office of Emergency Management.
Sworn in last night was Officer Joseph Pride, who previously worked as a NJ State Corrections officer for 1½ years and as an EMT for the city of Newark for eight years.
Most recently, he worked at the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office for five years.
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