On August 7, 2007, Chief Mark Ott presented to the public, city council and Mayor James Begley, Sgt. Dave Mander, Ptl. Michael Speranza and Ptl Jahaira Roman. At the conclusion of this introduction, their status within the Bridgeton Police Department was changed. Mayor Begley swore in Dave Mander as Lieutenant, Michael Speranza as Sergeant and Jahaira Roman as Sergeant.
Lieutenant David Mander is a 21 year veteran of the Bridgeton Police Department. Lt. Mander has been married for (25) years with (3) sons. During his career with this agency, Lt. Mander, was a Sergeant assigned to Uniformed Patrol Division. He spent (2) tours assigned to the Training Unit ensuring that each officer within the agency receives their required as well as advanced training. As a Patrolman, he was assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division. Lt. Mander is currently assigned as a Watch Commander to the Uniformed Patrol Division.
Lt. Mander also oversees the Police Explorer Program under the direction of Chief Mark Ott. This program is valuable in that it involves interaction with teenagers to young adults. This program is under the Learning-for-Life a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. It provides a positive environment for children seeking a future and remaining on the right side of the law as they are exposed to the everyday peer pressure. As an example of the success of this program, many active police officers throughout the region are former police explorers.
Sgt. Michael Speranza is a (9) year veteran of the Bridgeton Police Department. Sgt. M. Speranza is married with (2) children. Sgt. M. Speranza spent (10) years with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office prior to being hired with Bridgeton City. Since then, Sgt. M. Speranza has seen his fair share of assignments inclusive of the Uniformed Patrol Division, Community Policing Unit, Criminal Investigation Division as well as a subdivision of CID, the Forensic Unit. Sgt. M. Speranza is a decorated officer within the Bridgeton Police Department having received the following ribbons: Medal of Valor, Combat Cross, Life Saving, Exceptional Service, (2) Unit Citations, (2) Letters of Commendation and the Educational Ribbon. Sgt. M. Speranza joins the supervisory staff along with his twin brother, Sgt. Thomas Speranza. Sgt. M. Speranza is currently assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division 4th Platoon.
Sgt. Jahaira Roman is an (8) year veteran of the Bridgeton Police Department. Sgt. J. Roman is single with (1) child. Sgt. J. Roman brings several “firsts” with her as a Sergeant. Sgt. J. Roman is the first Hispanic police officer and first female police officer to be promoted within the Bridgeton Police Department. During her career with Bridgeton police, Sgt. Roman has been assigned to Patrol and most of her time was spent within the Criminal Investigative Division. During that tour, Sgt. J. Roman was the Juvenile Officer specifically handling cases involving juveniles. Sgt. Roman serves as a role model to all in the community proving what determination can achieve as a minority and a female. Sgt. J. Roman is currently assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division 1st Platoon.