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Captain Rizzo of Howell Police Department’s Narcotics Unit: the Fight Against Opioids, Hazlet’s Hope Network and Brookdale law enforcement-experienced students Dylan V. and Shane O.
November 28, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Captain Thomas Rizzo is the Administrative Captain/Commander of the Howell Township Police Department’s Investigations Division, tasked with overseeing the Detective Bureau, C.S.U., Internal Affairs, and Records Bureau. His career started after being hired by Middlesex Borough Police Department in December of 2001, wherein he received numerous citations/academy scholarship/department awards for services performed in the Patrol Division. In 2004, he was hired by the Howell Township Police Department. Captain Rizzo later became a Detective, assigned to Narcotics in 2006. In 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and reassigned to the Patrol Division. As a Sergeant in patrol, he incorporated a patrol narcotics interdiction initiative which was implemented throughout the three patrol squads. In 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and was able to formulate the department’s first Criminal Suppression Unit (CSU), which focused primarily on narcotics interdiction, prevention education, and the investigation of violent crimes. In 2017, Captain Rizzo was promoted to his current rank of Captain. He has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida and a M.A. in Human Resources/Management from Seton Hall. He has been an Adjunct Professor since 2012 for New Jersey City University and Rutgers University; and currently instructs for the West Point Command & Leadership Program since 2009. He has guest lectured for the Mid Atlantic Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar at Princeton University. Captain Rizzo will be presented a surplus of information involving opioid from his extensive career fighting narcotics—especially being an officer from one of the most problematic (in terms of opioids) towns in Monmouth County.
Hazlet’s Hope Network
Hazlet’s Hope Network is a nonprofit program that partners with the Hazlet Township Police Department to help those in the community with opioid and heroin addiction. For those who are willing to get help, the nonprofit works with the police department, the court systems, professional counselors and peer based volunteers to get an addict the proper treatment that he or she needs. They will be presenting on the work that they have been able to accomplish since the launch of this program as well as how they hope to spread the program into other towns and counties.