NEWARK — Two members of the Newark Police Department, with a combined 29 years of experience, have been promoted.

Randy Rice and Nicholas Dapolito were promoted to sergeant during a special Village Board meeting last week. Newark PD Chief Mark Thoms said the promotions, along with the recent hiring of two experienced officers, brings the 16-member department up to appropriate staffing levels.

Thoms said Rice has 17 years of law enforcement experience — 12 with Newark after five with the Lyons PD. In Newark, Rice has served as officer in charge of shifts, department firearms instructor and armorer, and as a crime scene technician.

Rice also has served eight years with the New York Army National Guard, including deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom and earning a Bronze Star with Valor.

Rice graduated in 2012 from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He lives in Galen with his wife Evelyn and daughter Aliyah.

“Randy readily accepts all assignments and challenges head on,” Thoms said. “With his vast experiences in law enforcement, military service and abilities to communicate with all people, Randy is highly competent to ensure the residents of Newark receive the best policing every day.”

Dapolito has 12 years of law enforcement experience — 10 years with the Newark PD after two with the Clyde PD. In Newark, he has served as officer in charge of shifts, assisted in narcotics investigation and is currently a field training officer.

Dapolito earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from St. John Fisher in 2004. He lives in Savannah with his wife Paige and sons Quinn, Zeke, and Maverick.

“His professionalism and communication skills enable him to assist all persons he comes into contact with,” Thoms said of Dapolito. “Nick’s leadership abilities within the department and commitment to all the residents of Newark will confirm his dedication to the community.”

“Sergeants Rice and Dapolito have been an asset to our community for many years,” Newark Mayor Jonathan Taylor added. “We are thrilled to have their level of leadership and expertise in our department and that we are able to promote from within.”

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