Interim Brookdale President David Stout joined police Captain Robert Kimler, Lieutenant Michael Halpin and a team of Brookdale officials on the Lincroft campus on Dec. 20 to welcome new probationary Officer Walter Koegel to the Brookdale Police Department.
A Wall Township resident and an 18-year veteran of the Lake Como Police Department, Koegel said he was looking forward to using his extensive professional experience to benefit the members of the Brookdale community.
“The department here seems like a very close-knit group,” said Koegel, after being sworn into office and accepting a framed certificate and his new badge from college officials. “And I’m very familiar with this community. A lot of the students here probably went to high school near me. It’s a great fit.”
Koegel was joined at the ceremony by his father Walter Sr., his wife Jennifer and his daughter Leeah, who held the Bible while Koegel took his oath of office.
“It’s a great benefit for Brookdale to accept someone into our department with Walter’s tremendous background and wealth of experience and knowledge,” said Kimler. “He’s a great guy, and with his professional background we know he is going to be a welcome member of our department and the campus community as well.”
The Brookdale Police Department now employs 12 campus police officers, who work to protect and serve the campus community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The department was officially accredited by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police last year, joining a select group of law enforcement organizations recognized for upholding the highest standards of professional excellence.
Learn more about the Brookdale Police Department and its unique, community-focused mission here.
View more photos from Officer Walter Koegel’s commissioning ceremony here.