New Police Officers Training In The Field
Two longtime Pennsauken residents, Linnette Ramos and Daxton Canales, are currently serving their community as two of the Township’s newest police officers.
Ramos, a Pennsauken “lifer” who just graduated from the Camden County Police Academy last December, previously worked as a Sheriff’s officer for the county and an EMT for Pennsauken, training which definitely came in handy during a call a few weeks ago.
“We were responding to a vehicle that struck a pole at 36th and Remington. On scene, there was a man slumped over in cardiac arrest,” explains Ramos. “Mandy Brunges, my partner that day, and Supervisor DiSanti from EMS helped me pull the guy out of the car. We started performing CPR and he regained his pulse. He’s alive today.”
Canales, who has lived in town for 13 years, has previously served on several police forces, including Fieldsboro, North Hanover Township, and Camden County Metro.
“I wanted to be a police officer since I was younger,” says Canales. “It’s great to work in the town where I live.”
Both officers are currently in the Pennsauken Police Department’s field training officer program, or FTO for short. The program pairs up new hires with a veteran officer trained to instruct new recruits.
“It usually ranges 20 to 26 weeks for the FTO program,” says Lt. Scott Gehring of the Pennsauken Police Department. “They’ll be with different field training officers throughout that period and have exposure to many of the different divisions within the police department.”
When all of their training is complete, Pennsauken will have 75 officers on the street to maintain the safety of Township residents and businesses.