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A member of the Fort Lee Police Department since 1995, Police Officer Glenn Iafrate has been selected to receive the Chief’s Award for the month of August. The recipients of this award are chosen by Fort Lee Police Chief Thomas O. Ripoli for their distinguished service to the Fort Lee Police Department, as well as to the citizens of Fort Lee.
Iafrate graduated from Northern Valley Regional High School in Demarest in 1981. He attended college at Montclair State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in 1987. In 1988, Iafrate enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. In August of 1990, when Iraq invaded Kuwait, his unit was deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Desert Shield/Desert Storm and was attached to I Marine Expeditionary Force under General Walt Boomer the USMC.
While serving with IMEF, Iafrate earned several citations and awards, including the National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment, Kuwait Liberation medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation and a Meritorious Unit Commendation.
In January 1995, following employment with the United States Postal Service, Iafrate joined the Fort Lee Police Department. Initially working various shifts within the Patrol Division, Iafrate joined the Emergency services Unit, attending Basic Swat School in Yonkers, NY, the FBI Sniper School in Fort Dix, NJ and Tri-Star Swat in Fort Drum, NY to enhance his capabilities as a Cover Team Operator.
On 9/11, the Fort Lee Police Motor Unit was attached to NYPD, assisting with recovery operations. Being short on riders, Officer Iafrate volunteered for the unit and was assigned to Motors during those initial chaotic months. In 2002, he was selected to attend the Maryland State Police Basic Motor School, earning Top Gun honors in his class.
Iafrate is currently assigned to the Fort Lee Police Traffic Bureau. He has attended numerous schools, which enable him to effectively perform his duties in the Traffic Division, including Child Restraint Safety Technician, Accident Investigation, Crash I, Traffic Engineering I and Advanced Traffic Engineering, which he attended at Rutgers University New Brunswick Campus.
Iafrate has received several awards and letters of commendation throughout his career and continues to enjoy the challenges and opportunities of being a police officer.
It is an honor to be selected for the Chief’s award, and Officer Iafrate is thankful Ripoli realizes the benefits educated officers bring to the department.