The Hillsdale Police Department recently hired a new officer to replace one who left.
After former Hillsdale Patrolman Ramon Cruz left for a job in Bergenfield, the department hired Alex Kaplan, according to Police Chief Chip Stalter. Kaplan started training with the department Monday.
Kaplan, a Hillsdale resident, has volunteered with the Essex County Sheriff's Department and is also a firefighter and member of the Tri-Boro Ambulance Corps.
"I think he's going to be a big asset to the borough," Stalter said.
Stalter said he hopes Kaplan will be out solo by the new year.
Ryan Norton, another recent hire, has started working solo, Stalter said.
The department also recently hired a new per diem dispatcher.