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Thomas Rizzo began his law enforcement career in December of 2001, as a Patrolman with the Middlesex Borough Police Department (NJ). In 2004, Rizzo was hired by the Howell Township Police Department (NJ), where he is currently serving as the Investigations Division Commander at the rank of Captain.

Thomas Rizzo formulated Howell Township Police Department’s first Criminal Suppression Unit, where he has participated in a variety of search warrant executions, intra/inter-agency collaborations, and take-downs of distributors. Rizzo received a B.S. from the University of Central Florida in Criminal Justice, and an M.A. from Seton Hall University in Human Resource Training & Development.

Thomas Rizzo graduated the NJSACOP Command & Leadership Academy in 2009 and was invited to return as an Instructor of Group Leadership Theories. Rizzo has been both a Police Academy and Department Instructor.  He has been an Adjunct Professor with New Jersey City University Schools of Management, Criminal Justice, and Professional Securities Studies since 2012, while also teaching for Rutgers School of Public Affairs & Administration (2018) and Fairleigh Dickinson University (2019).

Thomas Rizzo takes great pride in the constant pursuit of leading by example, while consistently being a student of human behavior.   Rizzo has quickly become an incredibly sought after instructor.

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Finally got the opportunity to see Tom Rizzo today. Let me tell you, it is life changing. I've been following your content closely and try to emulate your philosophies as best I can. Thank you for doing what you do and putting the time and effort into teaching us the right way. I can't wait to work tonight after a few rough weeks because of you.

Hey Capt, I just wanted to say your class and training group has helped get me back to just absolutely loving being a cop. Your training has helped me adjust and refocus on just how glowingly proud I am to be a cop. I have such appreciation and humility to be in the position of lieutenant and affect change.

Since implementing your strategies and philosophies, I've noticed a shift in how my coworkers positively see me. I am starting to be one of the people that people come to with questions or for advice. Coworkers feel comfortable with me pulling up on scene because they know I know my shit, am safe, have my coworkers backs, and treat the public professionally.

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