Christopher Adams and Michael Kupchak were sworn in as Montclair Police Department (MPD) probationary officers during a ceremony held Friday morning in Municipal Council Chambers. Township Clerk Linda Wanat administered the Oath of Office.
“Both Christopher and Michael are dispatchers with the Department,” said Police Chief Todd Conforti during the ceremony. “They have done a great job for us and I’m confident they will continue to develop new skills and improve upon those they have learned in the Academy.”
Probationary Officer Christopher Adams is a graduate of William Paterson University as well as a Class II Officer graduate of the Essex County Police Academy. He joined the MPD in 2014 as a dispatcher and is a volunteer deputy with the Essex County Sheriff’s Office.
Probationary Officer Michael Kupchak joined the MPD in 2016 and is a Class II Officer graduate from the Essex County Police Academy. Officer Kupchak is a volunteer firefighter with the Cedar Grove Fire Department and he volunteers as a deputy with the Essex County Sheriff’s Office.
The probationary officers will undergo a field training program in which they will be paired with specially-trained, experienced patrol officers or FTOs. The training curriculum covers a wide number of topics ranging from departmental operations, at-scene criminal investigations, and handling domestic violence incidents, to traffic enforcement and issues of homeland security.