For months, the Oradell Public Safety Committee and high ranking officers in the narrowed down the list of potential hires for two open patrolmen positions in the borough. Last month, Kyle Costa of Montclair and Brennan Page of Oradell were chosen to join the department and last night were surrounded by friends, family and their fellow officers to receive the badges.
"It's been a long time since we brought new members in to the police department," said. "We've been down the past few years. These are two exceptional men and I couldn't be happier."
Montclair resident Kyle Costa, originally hailed from Bogota and graduated from Paramus Catholic High School. With the Paladins he earned All-League honors on the gridiron prior to attending Bergen Community College, Rowan University and then Ramapo College for a degree in criminal justice and law. He is currently attending Seton Hall University for an online master's degree in Human Resources Training and Development for Law Enforcement Officers.
Before coming to Oradell, Costa was employed as a campus officer at NJIT in Newark and Ramapo College. He graduated from the Cape May Police Academy in 2009.
On the other side of the spectrum is Brennan Page, an Oradell native his entire life and alumni from . A three-sport athlete he was the team captain for soccer and basketball in his senior year and led the baseball team as a state sectional finalist.
With a degree in criminal justice from the University of Rhode Island, Page is currently working towards a masters degree in emergency management. A former seasonal officer with the Bradley Beach police department, he spent time interning with the Bergen County Sheriff's Office.
According to Council President James Koth, the borough a PTC (Police Training Commission) certificate from a police academy. Only 25 candidates were invited for a first round interview and the pool was narrowed down to six candidates.
Both Costa and Page, who officially start on March 1, will receive an annual salary of $38,395 as entry-level patrolmen.