Clinton Twp Police K9 Visits School

On September 20, 2019, Sgt. John Tiger and K9 Tapko gave a demonstration to the preschool and kindergarten classes at Immaculate Conception School – Annandale. Sgt. McCluskey, Ptl. Dickson and Ptl. Ramos were also present for the demonstration. The demonstration was part of the school’s lesson on community helpers.

Detective Hash Awarded

Detective Thomas Hash, Clinton Township Police, was awarded the Hunterdon County Municipal Alliance Volunteer for 2019. Det. Hash was nominated by the North Hunterdon Municipal Alliance for his service and commitment to the program. The Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse honored all Municipal Alliances Volunteers of the Year throughout the State at their Monthly Meeting. Photographed left to right is: Gregg Benson MA LCADC, Dawn Paulmeno, Hunterdon County Municipal Alliance Coordinator, Det. Thomas Hash and Celina Levy Acting Executive Director of GCADA.

Police Officers Honored by Township Council

At the Clinton Township Council meeting on September 11, 2019, several officers were honored for exemplary service and two new officers were sworn in. Read more below, courtesy of the Hunterdon Review.

Clinton Township police are honored

  • By CLAIRE KNAPP Contributing Writer
  • Sep 16, 2019

A proclamation, awards for exemplary service, and swearing in of new police officers filled most of the elected officials’ time during the Township Council meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Mayor John Higgins read a proclamation honoring Police Detective DJ Formalarie for his work representing Clinton Township with the federal DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency).

Six Clinton Township police officers and two Readington Township police officers were presented with awards for their performance and successful outcome dealing with two incidents.

The first set of awards went to Clinton Township officers Sgt. Harry Bugal, Sgt. John Tiger, Detective Sgt. Lawrence Anthes, Sgt. Sean Ross, and Sgt. Jeff Glennon. From Readington Township, the awards were made to Lt. Scott Crater and Chris Heycock with his K-9 dog Agar. The incident involved a burglary and car chase.

The second incident for which awards were made was when an elderly resident was reported missing.

“I know this man, said Mayor Higgins. “He is in his 90s and when found was seriously dehydrated. He’s a tough old bird, and was able to recover.”

The officers receiving an award for the missing person incident included Sgt. Andrew McCluskey, Patrolman Joseph Antivenin, Patrolman Pete Schleisier, Sgt. Jeff Glennon and Patrolman Drew MacQueen from the Clinton Township Police Department; and Sgt. Carlos Ferriero with his K-9 dog Polis, from Randolph Township.

Following the award presentations, William Musacchio and Frank Praino were sworn in as the township’s newest patrol officers by Municipal Clerk Carla Conner.

Musacchio previously worked for the Hunterdon County Prosecutor, and Flemington Borough before joining the township department. His annual starting salary is $75,500 as a probationary officer for six months.

“This is a nice change,” said Mayor Higgins. “We usually have officers leave us to go to the Prosecutor’s Office.”

Praino grew up in the area and graduated from North Hunterdon High School, attended Kean University, and recently graduated from the Police Academy. His probationary salary will be $42,000.

Citizens Police Academy

What is the Citizens Police Academy?

The Citizens Police Academy is a 4-week program designed to give participants an understanding of select areas of operation of the Clinton Township Police Department and a working knowledge of what these aspects of law enforcement entail. The classes are held once a week and are approximately 3 hours in duration. The classes will be limited to 25 students, so register early. There is no cost for residents to participate. Participants will also receive a Citizens Police Academy T-shirt to wear to class.

Several demonstrations will take place during the academy, in which attendees will be allowed to participate.

The academy will conclude with a graduation ceremony and each participant will receive a certificate of completion. The next academy will take place on Monday nights in October, finishing on the first Monday in November.

Why Participate?

The Clinton Township Police Department follows the philosophy of Community Policing and is committed to developing partnerships with citizens of the township. The Citizens Police Academy provides an opportunity for citizens to develop direct lines of communication with the police department. The citizens participating in the academy will have a working knowledge of the Clinton Township Police Department and its functions. It is hoped that the instruction will strengthen police-community rapport through an educational process, increase understanding of police practices and procedures, and dispose of misconceptions. The police department, in turn, becomes more aware of the concerns and questions of the community it serves.

Who Can Attend?

Participants must be at least 21 years of age.  Applicants will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.  They must be of good moral character.  An application for the academy must be completed and signed along with a waiver of liability. You will be notified when you are accepted into the Citizens Police Academy.

What the Academy is Not

The Citizens Police Academy is NOT designed to make participants certified police officers. The participation and completion of the academy is designed to develop partnerships with the community. Graduating from the academy does not grant police authority to participants.


You are expected to attend all sessions in order to graduate. We understand that emergencies do occur. If you have more than two absences, you will not be allowed to graduate. Out of courtesy to the instructor(s) and your fellow students, please arrive on time and plan on staying for the duration of each session.


If you are interested in applying for the Citizens Police Academy, you can pick up an application in person at the Clinton Township Police Department, located at 1370 Route 31 North, Annandale, NJ 08801, Monday-Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Please return all applications to the same location, during the days and hours noted above, by September 30, 2019.  You will be notified if you are selected to participate in the Citizens Police Academy approximately two weeks prior to the class starting. Feel free to contact Patrol Officer Jennifer Petruzziello or Patrol Officer Rafaella Vastola if you have any specific questions.

Accepting Applications for Class II Officer

The Clinton Township Police Department in Hunterdon County will be accepting applications for the position of Class II Special Law Enforcement Officer.

Applications will be available at police headquarters, 1370 Route 31 North, Annandale, New Jersey between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm, from Friday September 13, 2019 through Friday, September 27, 2019, excluding Saturdays and Sundays.

All applications and related materials must be returned to the Clinton Township Police Department by 4:00 pm on Friday, October 4, 2019. All applicants must complete an application. Returned applications must be accompanied by the applicant’s resume. Application materials from prior processes will not be accepted.

To be eligible, applicants must: currently possess a minimum of a NJ SLEO II PTC Certificate and be under no contractual obligation to another police department under NJSA 40A:14-178 or must be willing to satisfy
any training reimbursement requirement to a prior department.

as a Basic Police Officer by the New Jersey Police Training Commission, or • Be certified as a Class II Special Police Officer by the New Jersey Police Training Commission • Be a citizen of the United States • Be a resident of New Jersey and have a valid NJ driver’s license • Be of sound moral character verified by a background investigation • Age 18 or above • Able to read, write and speak the English language • Complete a medical examination, drug screening and psychological examination • Must not have been convicted of a crime or any offense involving dishonesty or which would make the person unfit to perform the duties of a police officer • Prospective recruits must successfully complete paid field training prior to being deployed.

SLEO II officers work a maximum of 25 hours per week. Starting salary is $25 per hour with no benefits other than New Jersey statutory time off for Part time employees.

*The Clinton Township Police Department is an
Equal Employment Opportunity employer.*