New Class III Officer to Start at Lawrence Intermediate School
When Lawrence Intermediate School students and staff return after the holidays on January 2, 2019, new Class III Officer Mike Cseremsak will be there to greet them. Mike will replace LIS Class III Officer Matt Nemes who resigned his position as of November 21, 2018 in pursuit of another opportunity.
Mike retired with the rank of Sergeant from the Hopewell Police Department in July 2017 after 30 yrs of service. He spent many years in the traffic unit as a patrol officer and later as the Traffic Sergeant. His specialty was training. He designed a summer Youth Police Academy in 2007 that continues to this day. Additionally, he participated in the Adopt-a-Cop program and was assigned to a second grade class of Hopewell Elementary. He has had advanced training at the FBI National Academy. After retiring, Mike became a Public Safety Officer at the Institute for Advance Study in Princeton.
Mike was elected to the Hopewell Fire District #1 Board of Fire Commissioners in 2007 and continues to serve on this board.
Mike grew up in Trenton and graduated from McCorristin High School. He has an AA from Mercer County Community College in Criminal Justice, a BA from Thomas Edison State College in Liberal Studies, and a MA from Seton Hall in Human Resources Training and Development.
Class III officers are a new category of security within New Jersey as of 2018. They are armed, retired law enforcement officers who previously served as fully trained, full-time officers in New Jersey. They are hired with the major focus of being a visible presence in the school and helping to keep students and staff safe from an outside intruder. Lawrence Town Council and the Lawrence Board of Education joined forces to find funding within their respective budgets for the LIS position as well as for a Class III officer at Lawrence Middle School and a Student Resource Officer at Lawrence High School.