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Montgomery Township Police Officer Promoted to Sergeant

By Melanie Zhang | August 25, 2022

Montgomery Police Officer Daniel M. Balinski was promoted to the rank of sergeant on August 11 at the township committee meeting.

Sergeant Daniel M. Balinski (center)with his family at the Montgomery Township municipal building.

Sergeant Balinski thanked his wife Amy; his two sons, Gavin and Matthew; and his mother, Kathleen Kowalczyk Balinsk, for their support over the years.

“Dad’s not here with us anymore, but I know he’d be proud of me,” he added.

Mayor Devra Keenan thanked Sergeant Balinski for his 19 years of honorable service to Montgomery. During his career, Balinski has received various awards, including the Montgomery Township Police Department Life Saving Award and the Honorable Service Award. The township committee also recently honored him for safely leading a patrol squad to de-escalate an armed person in Montgomery Township who was in a crisis in January.

Balinski graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in history and political science in 2001. He graduated from the Somerset County Police Academy in 2002, then joined the Montgomery Police Department in 2003.

Prior to being promoted to sergeant, he served as a field training officer, conducted daily patrol functions, and was a platoon officer in the patrol division. He also continued his professional education, attending in-service training at Penn State Justice and Safety Institute.

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Sergeant Balinski will continue as the Montgomery Township Domestic Violence Liaison Officer to Somerset County, a position he has held since 2018. He is now also assigned as a patrol sergeant.

“Thank you so much,” Balinski said to the township committee members and mayor. “I’ll make Montgomery proud.” ■


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