YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Wyckoff Patrolman Brian Zivkovich was promoted to sergeant, while Kyle Ferreira was made a probationary police officer, filling a retirement opening, during tonight’s township council meeting.
Wyckoff Ptl. Kyle Ferreira, Sgt. Brian Zivkovich
Sgt. Zivkovich, a 33-year-old Marist College graduate who also serves on the township fire department, began his police career as a dispatcher from 2002 to 2004.
A year later he had graduated from the Cape May Police Academy as an alternate route candidate and took an officer’s job in Midland Park. He transferred to Wyckoff a short time later.
“In his over six years with the Wyckoff Police, Brian has been an active officer who has attained a number of awards,” Chief Benjamin Fox said. “He currently serves in the traffic bureau and has recently completed courses in specialized motor vehicle crash investigations and crash reconstruction.
“He annually is one of the top officers in the department with DWI arrests and has been recognized by the Mother’s Against Drunk Driving organization for his efforts in curbing drunk driving.”
PHOTOS courtesy Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox
Zivkovich teaches DARE classes at Eisenhower School and is a bicycle patrol officer and department specialist with the Alcotest machine. He also recently completed a field training officers class to certify him in training new recruits.
Ferreira, 24, of Elmwood Park, grew up in Woodcliff Lake and was graduated in 2005 from Don Bosco High School.
He got a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from NJIT, completing his courses while working full-time as a Newark police officer.
He was let go in November 2010 in a wave of city budget cuts.
Ferreira was also an EMT out of Jersey City Medical Center and worked as a security officer for the state.
“The police department will greatly benefit by this promotion and new hire,” Fox said.
“Sgt. Zivkovich has defined himself as a quality officer dedicated to both his responsibilities as a police officer as well as the community in general,” the chief said. “His efforts in the traffic bureau have gone a long way in keeping the roadways in Wyckoff safer.”
Fox called Ferreira “a well-spoken, personable individual who was selected during a highly competitive hiring process. He comes to Wyckoff with both police and emergency medical training, and will be assigned to patrol duties following a six-week training program.”
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