Jefferson High School Graduate Stephen Nowatkowski starts with Morris County Sheriff’s Office

From left, Morris County Sheriff’s Office Chief Officer Kelley Zienowicz, Officer Haider Asif, Officer Stephen Nowatkowski, Officer Chelsea Whiting, Sheriff James M. Gannon, Officer Jennifer Powers, Officer Travis Dean, Officer Anthony Walsh and Morris County Undersheriff Mark Spitzer

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Six Morris County Sheriff’s Office recruits joined 58 fellow Officers on a stage Wednesday at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany for their graduation from the 20-week 93rd Basic Police Training Class.

The Officers working for the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Law Enforcement will formally start on Monday, December 2, after being sworn in by Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon.

Stephen Nowatkowski graduated Jefferson Township High School and initially pursued a career in the automotive industry. He held multiple managerial positions for companies that include Harley Davidson, Toyota, and Hyundai. He began pursuing a degree in computer science, concentrating on cybersecurity, and recognized a strong desire to work in law enforcement that led to his hiring in July 2019 by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff was on the stage with other dignitaries – Morris County Freeholders Stephen Shaw and Deborah Smith and Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp – and officials from the county’s Public Safety Training Academy, where the basic police training class was conducted.

Butler Police Chief Ciro Chimento, president of the Morris County Chiefs of Police Association, presented most of the 64 recruits with their commencement certificates unless their relatives who are in law enforcement elected to.  The class started out with 74 recruits, 10 of whom left the training before graduation.

“We are thrilled that six bright and motivated recruits with absolute integrity will be Officers of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office. We welcome them and their diverse backgrounds and life experiences, knowing they will enhance the Bureau of Law Enforcement,” Sheriff Gannon said.

The new Officers are: Haider Asif, Travis Dean, Stephen Nowatkowski, Jennifer Powers, Anthony Walsh and Chelsea Whiting.

They all will begin their duties in the Bureau of Law Enforcement’s Protective Services Division, whose Officers are entrusted with protecting Superior Court judges and providing security at the Morris County Courthouse and Morris County Administration and Records building.

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