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Lower Township Police Department
Tuesday April 2nd, 2019 :: 02:17 p.m. EDT


LTPD Promoted New Sergeant, Swore in New Officer, & Honored Retired Corporal

Lower Township Police Department Promoted A
New Sergeant, Swore In New Officer, & Honored A Retired Corporal
The Lower Township Police Department proudly promoted one Sergeant and welcomed one newly hired Police Officer on Monday evening, April 1st, 2019 at the Lower Township Council Meeting, where they both took their Oath of Office.  A recently retired Police Corporal was also honored for over 25 years of service.

Sergeant Ryan Hansberry is married to his wife, Diana, and is the father of two children, Shaylin and Declan.  Sgt Hansberry was hired August of 2002 and graduated the Cape May County Police Academy’s (CMCPA) 16th Basic Course for Police Officers in January of 2003.  He has served honorably with the Patrol Division for over 16 years and previously held the rank of Corporal, where he served as a Patrol Supervisor and as an Assistant Squad Leader.  He also served 5 years in the United States Marine Corps prior to entering the CMCPA, where he served as a Sergeant with the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division.  Sgt Hansberry is currently assigned as a Squad Leader in the Patrol Division.  He is a graduate of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) Front Line Supervision Program.   He is also a certified Firearm’s Instructor, Weapons Armorer, and Field Training Officer.  Sgt Hansberry has also completed the FBI SWAT School, High Risk Warrant Service Course, M-4 Rifle Operator & Instructor’s Course, Methods of Instruction (MOI) Course, as well as an extensive amount of training in the handling of Domestic Violence, Driving While Intoxicated, Use of Force, Emergency Vehicle Operations, and Incident Command. 

Sgt Hansberry’s badge was pinned on by Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana.  His wife, Diana Hansberry, held the bible during the taking of his oath.

Patrol Officer Austin Craig, 25 years of age, is a lifelong resident of Lower Township.  He graduated from Lower Cape May Regional (LCMR) High School class of 2011.  Patrol Officer Craig’s former employment was with the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office where he has served since June of 2018.  He was previously employed by the Cape May County Correctional Facility and has also worked with the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.  He completed the Cape May County Police Academy Class #43 in January of 2018.  Patrol Officer Craig has also completed the Basic Course for Corrections Officers, at the Ocean County Police Academy in June of 2016. 

Patrol Officer Craig’s badge was pinned on by Cape May County Sheriff Robert Nolan.  His father, Walt Craig, held the bible during the taking of his oath.
Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana honored Corporal Shaun Whittington on his recent retirement.  Cpl Whittington served 25 honorable years with the Lower Township Police Department.  He started his law enforcement career in January of 1994, graduating the Cape May County Police Academy (CMCPA) in May of 1994.  Cpl Whittington was assigned to the Patrol Division where he received multiple commendations and letters of appreciation.  He’s been credited with saving a young child from a residential structure fire, administering CPR to a driver that attempted to take himself to the hospital, and reviving a child on the side of the road while off duty.  He was promoted to the rank of Corporal in January of 2011.  As a Corporal he served as a Patrol Supervisor and Assistant Squad Leader.  He was also an instrumental part of the department and police academy’s training programs as a Range/Firearms Instructor, Conducted Energy Device Instructor, and Physical Fitness Instructor.  Shaun was also an active member and leader on the Lower Township and Cape May County Regional SWAT Teams. 
Chief Mastriana, on behalf of the department, would like to wholeheartedly recognize and express a deep appreciation to Cpl Shaun Whittington for his 25 years of selfless service and overwhelming commitment to protecting the citizens of Lower Township. 


Lower Township Police Department
405 Breakwater Rd
Cape May, NJ 08204

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