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Corporal Russ Hatzel
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Corporal 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. Hatzel returned to the Patrol Division in 2013 in the capacity of a Corporal.

Hatzel is a Senior Tactics Instructor, which includes Firearms, Counter-Terrorism, Tactical Operations, Impact Weapons and Defensive Tactics. Hatzel further serves as a Drug Recognition Evaluator, D.A.R.E Instructor and is an administrator for many of the Departments Information Systems.

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.

Hatzel has received several
departmental awards including a Life Saving Award, a Meritorious Service Award, Two Grand Cordons, an Honerable Service Award, 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. Hatzel has served in the capacity of President and Vice President of Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #122 and is currently a member of the Department’s Honor Guard.


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