Following an intensive hiring process that began months ago with more than 100 candidates, we’re pleased to welcome Patrolmen Jose Diaz and Kamar Gainey to the Manchester Township Police Department.

The Patrolmen who were sworn in on September 3, 2019, by Ken Palmer, Mayor of Manchester, during a ceremony at Town Hall. These two recruits excelled in all aspects of testing, including physical and written exams, oral boards, and background investigations, earning them the top two overall spots.

“Ptl. Diaz and Ptl. Gainey have proven themselves to be upstanding members of the community who understand the value of service and giving back to our residents. We wish them the best of luck as they begin rewarding careers in law enforcement,” said Chief Lisa Parker. “With the continued support of Mayor Palmer and the Township Council, we’re able to maintain appropriate staffing levels as our senior officers retire. I sincerely appreciate all that they do for our officers and our township.”

Taking his oath first was Ptl. Diaz, who was previously employed as a Special Law Enforcement Officer I with the Toms River Township Police Department, as well as a Special Law Enforcement Officer II with the Point Pleasant Beach Police Department and Wall Township Police Department. He completed the Ocean County Police Academy’s 45th Class II Training in May of 2019, ranking No. 1 in physical fitness and No. 2 overall out of the 42 recruits. Ptl. Diaz graduated Toms River High School East in 2011 and went on to earn his Criminal Justice degree from Kean University in 2017.

Ptl. Gainey is a former Manchester Township resident who went on to graduate high school from Baltimore City College in 2007. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from William Paterson University in 2012, and master’s degree in the same from Montclair State University in 2014. Ptl. Gainey was most recently employed as an Exercise Physiologist for Fox Rehabilitation, and he will attend the upcoming Ocean County Police Academy Basic Course for Police Officers, Class No. 108, beginning this month.

The swearing in ceremony was led by Chief Parker, who explained that the intensive Manchester Township Police Department hiring process began in January of 2019, when approximately 125 individuals submitted their applications for employment. For the first phase, applicants participated in the Physical Agility Examination held at Manchester Township High School. This grueling test consisted of pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups, and a 1 mile run. Those applicants who achieved a passing score advanced to the boxing component.

The approximately 70 applicants who completed all portions of the physical exam were invited to participate in the Written Examination phase. From there, the top scorers went before the Oral Board for extensive interviews. Those candidates considered for employment underwent a thorough background investigation and submitted to medical, psychological, and drug screenings.

Best wishes for safe and successful careers, Ptl. Diaz and Ptl. Gainey!