Fairfield (NJ) On Monday August 25, 2020, Special Police Officer Paul Cory Perrette officially joined the Fairfield Police Department with a public swearing in ceremony that took place at the regular meeting of the township’s governing body. SO Perrette was actually appointed to his position in December 2019.
On January 7, 2020, he entered the Passaic County Police Academy as part of Class 20-11. Unfortunately, as the events with the COVID-19 emergency began to unfold in March, the academy class was forced to be suspended and SO Perrette returned to the department. While away from the academy, he greatly assisted the department with various logistical support during the height of the pandemic.
In late April, the academy began virtually training its cadets. Finally, the Police Training Commission authorized cadets to resume in person training. SO Perrette returned and ultimately graduated on August 6, 2020 with very little fanfare and celebration since family and friends were not permitted to attend the graduation due to executive orders.
SO Perrette initially grew up in New Jersey for twelve years before moving to North Carolina where he ultimately attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He returned to New Jersey in 2019.
SO Perrette comes from a strong law enforcement family background. His father, who unfortunately passed away in 2017, was a police officer in Monroe, North Carolina. His uncle Paul O’Neill, who unfortunately is also no longer with us, was a former Fairfield police officer and his cousins, Paul and Kevin O’Neill are a sergeant with the North Caldwell Police Department and an officer with the Caldwell Police Department respectively.
“On behalf of the entire police department, I extend to Cory our congratulations on the accomplishment of graduating the police academy, especially under the conditions that he was forced to endure with the Coronavirus. We are also extremely happy that he was able to receive the public recognition for his family, friend s and co-workers to enjoy. He is extremely intelligent, polite and compassionate and will fit in perfectly with the Fairfield Police Department. We are happy to officially have him on board” said Chief Anthony G. Manna
Authorized by: Chief Anthony Manna