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Silvio Bet Sworn in as New Police Director of Montgomery Township

By Barbara A. Preston | Posted November 11, 2022

Mayor Devra Keenan and Montgomery Township Committee unanimously appointed Silvio Bet to the rank and positions of captain and director effective November 10. Bet, a longtime veteran of the Montgomery Police Department, will lead the department.

"I feel truly blessed, honored, and humbled to be leading such an elite group of individuals. Together we will deliver the services that meet and exceed the needs of our community," Capt. Bet said.

Montgomery Township Police Director Captain Silvio Bet gets a standing ovation during his installation in his new role at the township committee meeting on November 19.

Capt. Bet has served the Montgomery community for more than 29 years — the longest serving officer in the agency. He has earned two lifesaving awards, a meritorious service award, a valor award, and a 25-year honorable service award.

He replaces Former Police Director James Gill, who resigned in June, after he was arrested and charged with DUI in Boundbrook. Lt. Tom Frascella had served as the acting captain/director during the vacancy.

Capt. Bet thanked the township committee and his family for their continued support and their confidence in him. He especially acknowledged his wife, Kelly. "We have been together for 26 of my 30-year career," he said. "You have been the most loving, unselfish person I know, understanding the time and commitment ..., you continually supported me along the way. You kept reminding me that you didn't mind sharing me with our extended police department family, and the Montgomery Township community."

Capt. Bet dedicated his promotion to the loving memory of his parents.

Montgomery Township Police Director Captain Silvio Bet (center) with his wife Kelly (left) and their three children.

Capt. Bet lives in Hunterdon County with his wife of 20-plus years, Kelly, and their three children, Melanie, Anthony, and Michael. The family previously lived in Montgomery Township from 2005 to 2016.

Capt. Bet earned a bachelor's degree, with a major in chemistry, from Fairleigh Dickenson University in 1991. He graduated from the Somerset County Police Academy in 1993. Since that time he has continued his professional education and career development, attending in-service training and additional elective training. He recently attended the most challenging and selective leadership and police executive development courses offered to law enforcement.

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Prior to being promoted to the position of captain, he has served with distinction as the Administrative Division Commander, Internal Affairs Commander, Operations Commander, and a Patrol Sergeant. He has carried several other titles with the requisite responsibilities, as Press Information Officer, overseeing the department's media relations, agency drug test coordinator, and the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) supervisor.

Capt. Bet says he looks forward to working together with the rest of the command staff, the township committee, and township administration. and is honored and humbled to be leading an elite group of sworn and civilian personnel who serve the Montgomery Township community.

He says he will be focused on the mission of the Montgomery Township Police Department and committed to empowering those under his command, safeguarding the community and its residents, and continuing to build and expand upon cooperative partnerships with the community and its residents.


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