WARETOWN, NJ - At last night’s Ocean Township Committee Meeting, the Mayor and Committee passed a resolution appointing Detective Andrew Risden to the position of Detective Sergeant. Risden’s wife and children, as well as his family in blue all attended the formal promotional event.
Risden is the son of former Ocean Township Police Officer Ronald Risden. The newly promoted Detective Sergeant was born and raised in Waretown. He began his law enforcement career with the Ocean Township Police Department in 2003.
The first ten years of Risden’s career were within the Patrol Division, where he partnered with the Detective Bureau on numerous criminal investigations. During that time period, Risden also served as a field training officer, firearms instructor, and member of the Ocean County SWAT team.
In June of 2013, Officer Risden was assigned to the Ocean Township Police Department’s Detective Bureau, where he continues to serve.
“Detective Risden is a highly trained law enforcement professional,” shared Ocean Township Police Chief Michal Rogalski. “He has graduated from numerous law enforcement related courses. He has also attended specialized investigative courses, such as those offered by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the Law Enforcement Advanced Detective School, where he also serves as an instructor.”
The list of Risden’s training inside and outside the Ocean Township Police Department is quite extensive. On more than one occasion, Risden’s service to the community achieved recognition.
In 2012, the “Mothers Against Drunk Driving” acknowledged Risden with a state recognition award for apprehension of impaired drivers. Two years later, the Ocean Township Police Department presented Risden with their “Officer of the Year” award. In 2018, the local police department recognized the newly promoted Detective Sergeant with the “Supervisor of the Year” award.
Detective Sergeant Risden is just a couple of classes away from graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Prior to Mayor Ben Loparo administering the oath of office to Risden, Rogalski acknowledged his personal congratulations. The Chief also offered some advice.
“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one who gets his people to do the greatest things,” Rogalski said. “Always remember to live with honor and serve with pride.”