Retired East Hanover Township Police Captain Jack Ambrose – a man who has trained generations of Police Officers as a lead drill instructor at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy – was sworn in Friday as a Class Two Special Law Enforcement Officer (SLEO) for the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.
Officer Ambrose retired on November 27, 2019 as a Captain for the East Hanover Police Department after 33 years with the Department.
For 25 of those years and to the present, Officer Ambrose has helped train generations of Police Officers in Morris County and beyond as the lead Drill Instructor and a Physical Training Instructor at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy.
Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, who swore Officer Ambrose in to the position on Friday, May 1, said Officer Ambrose is the paradigm of a disciplined, astute and physically fit police officer, and already is a highly-experienced and trained Officer.
“When you think of police in the broad sense you think of Jack Ambrose. Besides his fitness and intelligence, he’s a very committed family man,” Sheriff Gannon said.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity,” Officer Ambrose said. “I’m very grateful to Sheriff Gannon for offering me this opportunity.”
The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently approved the hiring of Officer Ambrose, making him the first Class Two Special Law Enforcement Officer for the Agency.
By law, Class Two Special Police Officers carry weapons and are authorized to exercise full police powers and duties similar to those carried out by a permanent, regularly-appointed Police Officer.
Officer Ambrose will primarily be responsible for protection and peace-keeping at the Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance (OTA) but can be assigned to other duties.
With Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Law Enforcement Undersheriff Mark Spitzer holding the Bible, Sheriff Gannon administered the oath of office to Officer Ambrose.
“He has trained thousands of police officers and we’re all better people because of him,” Sheriff Gannon said.