Atlantic City is among 12 police departments in the state that added to their ranks Wednesday.

Eight officers for the resort were among 29 who graduated from the Cape May County Police Academy. The addition still has the city below its aim of a 330-officer minimum in the department.

The graduates heading to the Atlantic City Police Department include Michael Garofalo, who is No. 1 in the class and also received the vehicle operations and physical fitness awards. The academic award went to Atlantic City's Timothy Richvalsky, who is a military veteran.

Also adding to Atlantic City's ranks are Air Force veterans James Eckert and Brian McDevitt, along with former city Class II Officer Mohammed Kaiser, and Officers Ermindo Marsini, John Pyle and Fitzroy Simpson.

Millville had three officers graduating: David Andrews, Joseph Dixon and Michael McLaughlin Jr.

Lower Township adds Officers John Armbruster Jr., Stephen Flitcroft and James McNulty. With Middle Township adding Brian Murphy and Justin Vitola.

Four area departments each added one officer: Scott Krissinger Jr., Cape May; David Ringkamp, Ocean City; John Baukus III, West Wildwood, and Matthew Donnelly, Wildwood.

The other graduates go to departments outside the region.

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