The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one who gets the people to do the greatest things.
Lt. Joseph Pangaro
Kevin P. McDermott began his Law Enforcement career with the Township of Ocean Police Department in March of 1979 upon completion of the Monmouth County Police Academy.
His career spanned five decades ending with his retirement in 2013. During that period of time he served as a Patrol Officer, Youth Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Detective Lieutenant and Operations Captain.
He also served as the Deputy Coordinator of the Office of Emergency Management, member of the Township of Ocean Municipal Alliance to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Abuse and member of the Monmouth University Community Relations Task Force. He is a graduate of Brookdale Community College. He is also a School Resource Officer, Certified Public Manager and has completed the New Jersey State Association of Chief of Police Command and Leadership Program.
Captain Kevin P. McDermott
~~Joseph Pangaro is a retired Police Lieutenant from the Township of Ocean, Monmouth County, NJ. During his 27 year career, Lieutenant Pangaro served in many capacities. After nine years as a patrol officer, he was transferred to the detective bureau where he served for 12 years. During that time, Lt. Pangaro prepared and executed hundreds of search warrants, testified in numerous high profile criminal court cases and excelled in the area of criminal investigations including: homicides, sexual assaults, drug crimes, fraud, burglary, juvenile investigations, economic crimes, vice crimes, quality of life crimes and other crimes of violence. He has acted in undercover capacities and worked with numerous local, county, state, and federal agencies. Lt. Pangaro served as a sergeant in the detective bureau, supervising a group of highly motivated and active officers in the unit as well as the “Quality of Life” unit.
In 2006, Joseph was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and supervised in the Patrol Division. His duties here included supervising road officers and street sergeants, reviewing reports, preparing briefing training, supervising any and all serious incidents, conducting officer and sergeant reviews, investigating internal affairs incidents and citizen complaints. Lt. Pangaro was appointed as the department lead training instructor. This duty involved preparing and creating training courses for all officers in the department, patrol, detective, and traffic. Teaching the NJ Attorney Generals mandatory in-service training topics such as; Domestic Violence, Hazardous Materials, Active Shooter, Use of Force, and Pursuit Driving.
In January 2009, Lt. Pangaro’s responsibilities were expanded to include oversight of the day to day operations of the patrol bureau as co-commander of the division. This position was traditionally held by an officer at the rank of captain.
Lt. Pangaro graduated from Fairleigh-Dickinson University, Florham, NJ “Certified Public Manager Program” in 2008 earning that professional distinction. In 2009, Lt. Pangaro completed the “Methods of Instruction” training accredited by the Police Training Commission of New Jersey and currently teaches at the Monmouth and Ocean County Police Academies.
In addition to those training and teaching positions, Lt. Pangaro writes a weekly newspaper column for the local Monmouth County paper, The Coaster, called “Behind the Badge”. Lt. Pangaro has also been published in NJCOPS, NJ Blue, and the FBI Worldwide Law Enforcement Bulletin. He is currently working on two research projects with NJ board certified psychologists. The topics of those projects involve the rigors of a career in law enforcement and the mental and physical effects of that career.
Lt. Pangaro is a FBI Certified Crisis/Hostage Negotiator. In recent years, he has worked on numerous active crisis negotiations.
Joseph is currently the Director of Security for the Manalapan/Englishtown School District. He is President of the Monmouth County Security Directors Association and on the Board of Directors for New Jersey Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association.
Recognizing the need for police training programs to be more current, hands-on and simulate real life situations, Joseph Pangaro, started Pangaro Training. The many courses written by Lt. Pangaro include, HyperDrive Narcotics Investigations, Crisis Intervention, and Criminal Investigation and Interview & Interrogation, all have practical exercises including field and role playing components. Complementing the on-site training, Joseph Pangaro is currently developing a website, with online training courses under the name Pangaro Global.
Lt. Christopher Cherbini
Lt. Christopher Cherbini
Capt. Kevin McDermott