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MIDDLESEX POLICE DEPARTMENT
Matthew P. Geist, Chief of Police
1101 Mountain Avenue
Middlesex, NJ 08846
Emergency:  9-1-1
Non-Emergency:  732-356-1900
Fax: 732-356-7218



Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2017
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The Middlesex Police Department will again join police agencies throughout the state in participating in the Division of Highway Traffic Safety’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” 2017 Statewide Impaired Driving Crackdown.

The purpose of the campaign is to undertake visible, targeted impaired driving enforcement during the late summer/Labor Day holiday period, which traditionally is a time when drunk driving increases. This national campaign will run from August 18 to September 4, 2017 and drivers can expect to see more Middlesex Police Officers on the roads.

“While we are committed to making our roadways safe for motorists all year around, we will increase patrols and intensify our enforcement efforts to support this important effort,” said Police Chief Matthew P. Geist.


Hiring of Two New Officers
August 8, 2017

Officer Robert Dangler

Officer Dangler is a certified police officer who worked at the Helmetta Borough Police Department for one (1) year. He graduated from the Camden County Police Academy Alternate Route Program in March of 2016. Officer Dangler attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2013.




Officer Paul Cerreto

Officer Cerreto is a recent graduate from the Cape May County Police Academy Alternate Route Program and is NJ Police Training Commission Certified. Officer Cerreto attended Ramapo College of New Jersey in Mahwah where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance in 2013.


Promotions to Captain, Lieutenant and Sergeant
July 25, 2017

Captain of Police Francis W. DeNick

Francis W. DeNick was appointed to the Police Department on January 20, 1992. Upon completion of his basic training he was assigned to the Patrol Division and in 1993 he became one of the department’s first Community Policing Officers and a certified Crime Prevention Practitioner. 



In January of 1995, he was selected to serve as one of the department’s Field Training Officers. 

In April of 1998 he was assigned to the Detective Bureau and served as a Detective until 2003. 

In March of 1999, while in the Detective Bureau, he became the department’s first School Resource Officer.  While serving in that capacity, he developed School Safety Plans including lockdown, shelter in place, bomb threat response and evacuation plans for the borough’s five public schools.

In July of 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to the Patrol Division.

In March of 2005, he was certified as a Crisis Negotiator.  In 2010 he was recognized by the Federal Bureau of Investigations with a commendation for his role in the safe surrender of a barricaded subject.

In July of 2012, he became the department’s Public Information Officer.  

In November of 2014, he was assigned as the Service Division Supervisor.  During this assignment he also performed the duties of Evidence Custodian for the department.

In November of 2015, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and served as the Patrol Division Commander.

In January of 2017, he was assigned to the Detective Bureau serving as the Detective Bureau Commander. 

Captain DeNick has attended many command level training courses to include the Federal Bureau of Investigations Law Enforcement Executive Development, New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Foundation for Senior Leadership and the prestigious New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Command & Leadership Academy.  Participation in the Command and Leadership Program is based on applicants successfully completing a competitive selection process.  Upon graduation, Captain DeNick was awarded the Chief Harry Wilde Academic Achievement Award for having the highest grade point average in the class.
Throughout his 25 years of service he has been awarded numerous awards and commendations.

As a result of his promotion Captain DeNick will be assigned as the Administration Division Commander. 

Lieutenant Craig Comiskey

Craig Comiskey graduated from Mansfield University in May of 1990 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.  He was appointed to the Police Department on January 9, 1995. Upon completion of his basic training he was assigned to the Patrol Division. 

Sergeant Comiskey was a Field Training Officer; providing instruction and orientation for newly-hired police officers, Traffic Safety Officer, and served as a Bicycle Patrol Unit Officer.  He also served on the department’s Fatal/Serious Accident Investigations Unit.

In June of 2013 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to the Patrol Division

He is a Departmental Terminal Agency Coordinator and Computer Aided Dispatch and Records Management System Administrator.  His certifications include Defensive Tactics Instructor, Expandable Baton Instructor, OC Instructor, Police Driving Simulator Instructor, Police Work Zone and Safety Instructor, Crash Report Instructor, and Radar Instructor.  

Throughout his 22 years of service he has been awarded numerous awards and commendations; one of which was recognition for working his whole career of 22 years without a single sick day.   

As a result of his promotion Lieutenant Comiskey will be assigned as a Patrol Division Commander.

Sergeant Thomas Falk

Thomas Falk graduated from Kean University in May 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Education.  He was appointed to the Police Department on July 18, 2005.  Upon completion of his basic training he was assigned to the Patrol Division. 

Patrolman Falk is a Departmental Domestic Violence Instructor, CPR and First Aid Instructor, Autism

Awareness Instructor, and Field Training Officer; providing instruction and orientation for newly-hired police officers. 

In May of 2016 he was assigned to the Detective Bureau.  In September of 2016 he was assigned as the department’s School Resource Officer, developing critical connections and relationships with the borough’s school aged youth.

He previously served as the department’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education Officer.  He is a certified Drug Recognition Expert and also serves as one of the department’s Social Media Coordinator.   

He was instrumental with the redevelopment of the curriculum for the Middlesex Police Department Youth Academy that was afforded to Middlesex residents completing the 6th and 7th grades in June of 2017.  This very important community policing initiative taught the principles of pride, integrity, and respect, while teaching teamwork and building community connections with our police officers.  

Throughout his 13 years of service he has been awarded numerous awards and commendations.

As a result of his promotion Sergeant Falk will be assigned as a Patrol Division Supervisor.





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