Pennsauken Police Hires Mireles As New Officer
At the Township Committee meeting on July 20, Pennsauken Mayor John Kneib swore in Timothy Mireles as one of Pennsauken Township’s newest police officers.
Mireles, an 11-year resident and member of Pennsauken High School’s Class of 2012, has had a desire to become a police officer from a very young age.
“It’s always something that I wanted to do since I was a kid. It’s something that’s always interested me,” says Mireles. “I’ve always wanted to help people, to try and change the world. Being a law enforcement officer will help do that.”
Lt. Scott Gehring of the Pennsauken Police went on to explain that Mireles did very well during the department’s extensive interview process. Timothy’s work experience as a corrections officer at the Camden County Jail in Camden was also a big plus.
“At the jail, he learned how to deal with people and defuse situations, which he can carry over to this field, being a police officer on the street,” says Gehring. “We’re happy to welcome him on board.”
Mireles went through agency training at the Pennsauken Police Department before entering the Camden County College Police Academy on Aug. 1 for 22 weeks of basic police officer training. After graduation from the Academy, the new officer goes into the Pennsauken Police Department’s Field Training Officer (FTO) program; for another 16 weeks, he’ll “ride” with a veteran officer trained to instruct new recruits. When all of Mireles’ training is complete, Pennsauken will have 76 officers on the street to maintain the safety of Township residents and businesses.
“I’m ready for the challenge,” says Mireles. “I can’t wait to start.”