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Sergeant Russ Hatzel
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Sgt. Hatzel joined the Department in August of 1996 and was assigned to the Patrol Division. In April of 2006, he was transferred to the Support Services Division, where he served as the Departments primary training officer. In 2011 he was assigned as the Support Services Corporal. Hatzel returned to the Patrol Division in 2013 in the capacity of a Corporal until his promotion to Sergeant in 2015.

Hatzel is a Senior Tactics Instructor, which includes Firearms, Terrorism, Tactical Operations, Impact Weapons and Defensive Tactics. Hatzel further serves as a team leader for the Morris County Critical Incident Debriefing Team.

Since 2000, Hatzel has taught Defensive Tactics, Crisis Intervention and Practical Exercises at the Morris County Police Academy. He holds a Masters degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and completed his undergraduate work at Stockton State College. In addition Hatzel is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice studies for the County College of Morris.

Hatzel has received several
departmental awards including four Life Saving Awards, a Meritorious Service Award, two Grand Cordons, four Honorable Service Awards, a Program Development Award, an Educational Achievement Award, and a Physical Fitness Award. He is also was a recipient of the Morris County 200 Club Valor award in 2001. In 2003 he received the Mt. Olive Township “Citizenship” award for delivering a baby girl. Additionally, Hatzel has served in the capacity of President and Vice President of Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #122.



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