SHOUT OUT: His family lineage is a thick blue line. He’s won several awards for valor. And he handles one of the most challengng duties in his department, supervising a number of important squads. Today, 22-year veteran Lt. Robert Zevits was named Fort Lee Police Chief Thomas O. Ripoli’s choice for Officer of the Month.
Fort Lee Police Lt. Robert Zevits (PHOTO courtesy Chief Thomas O. Ripoli)
Ripoli established the award to bring recognition to officers who he said “have made positive contributions to the Police Department and the community.”
Born and raised in Fort Lee, Zevits attended Holy Trinity grammar school and Bergen Catholic High School before Rutgers, where he double-majored in Accounting and English. He was graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the Rutgers School of Business.
Zevits joined the Fort Lee department Jan. 1, 1990 and worked in patrol for several years before being assigned to the Traffic Division.
He worked with the borough engineer “in coordinating and remediating traffic problems throughout the town. He also attended several Accident Reconstruction classes and was promoted to Sergeant in 1996,” Ripoli noted.
Given his aptitude, the natural next stop for Zevits was the Computer Division.
Zevits was promoted to Lieutenant in 2004, eventually becoming Tour Commander/Road Supervisor.
Anyone in law enforcement knows the value and importance of the job: Zevits’s day-to-day responsibilities include supervising the day shift, handling patrol assignments, making manpower adjustments during major incidents, overseeing investigations, coordinating police units with other borough agencies and, if that weren’t enough, investigating internal complaints.
Zevits also brings an impressive pedigree. His father, the late Lt. Joseph Zevits, retired from the Fort Lee Police Department in 1985 with more than 32 years of service to the borough. His oldest brother, retired Capt. Joseph Zevits, gave the borough 33 years.
And his sister, Joyce, has the distinction in 1978 of becoming Fort Lee’s first full-fledged female cop.
Their brother, Michael, is an assistant Bergen County prosecutor.
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