Chief Michael Richards
Chief Richards began his career with the Newton Police Department in 1989 as a full-time police dispatcher. After receiving training from the Passaic County Police Academy in 1992 to become a Class II Special Law Enforcement Officer, he performed foot patrol in the business district several hours per week in addition to his dispatching position. He then became a Patrolman in 1994 and served as the department’s first full-time Bike Patrol Officer. He attended the Somerset County Police Academy and graduated in June 1995. After graduation, he worked in the Patrol Division until he was assigned to the Detective Bureau in 2000. He served as a Detective until 2002 when he was made a Detective Sergeant and was responsible for supervising all criminal investigations. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2006. Chief Richards is a Past-President of the Sussex County Detectives’ Association and he was the 2008 recipient of the William G. Geffken Detective of the Year award for outstanding accomplishments in investigative police work. Chief Richards served as President of the Sussex County PBA Local 138 for four years and he is a 2005 graduate of the West Point Command and Leadership Program where he was awarded the Chief Harry Wilde Academic Achievement Award for Academic Excellence. He was sworn in as the Chief of Police on November 5, 2010. Chief Richards is currently serving as President of the Sussex County Association of Chiefs of Police and is an active member of the NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He attended the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar and is a member of the FBI-LEEDA.
He has overall responsibility for the administration of the Police Department which includes but is not necessarily limited to the following:
- General direction, control and administration
- Planning responsibilities
- External affairs
- Personnel files and records
- Rules, Regulations, Policies and Procedures
- Budget preparation
Chief Richards can be reached at (973) 383-2525 or firstname.lastname@example.org.