RARITAN, NJ - Two Raritan Police officers were promoted to captain and lieutenant at the most recent Raritan Borough Council meeting.
Craig Monda was promoted to captain and Thomas Fisher was promoted to lieutenant.
Monda is a 23-year veteran in law enforcement, and has served in the Raritan Police Department for 17 years. He graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy in 1997, and was hired in Raritan in 2001.
He has worked in the past with the Hunterdon County Department of Corrections and Hunterdon County Sheriff's Office, and is a former member of the Hunterdon County SWAT Team.
Monda also served for eight years in the United States Army Reserves as a military police officer, attaining the rank of sergeant.
In Raritan, Monda worked in the patrol unit and then the criminal investigation unit as a detective, and as a sergeant he was responsible for the direct supervision of on-duty officers. As lieutenant, Monda was in charge of the patrol unit, and also supervised all firearm applications and issuance of permits.
Monda has received a number of awards, including CPR Lifesaving Award and a Chief's Exceptional Service Award for a felony motor vehicle stop and apprehension of an armed person wanted out of Hunterdon County.
As captain, Monda will be assigned to administration, with direct supervision of the criminal investigation unit, scheduling, training, internal affairs and maintenance. He will also continue to oversee the issuance of firearms permits, and is an active shooter instructor.
Fisher is an 18-year veteran of law enforcement, having begun his career with the Somerset County Sheriff's Department before moving to the Raritan Police Department in September 2001.
Fisher has served in the patrol division and detective bureau, and performed undercover operations while assigned to the Somerset County Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force in 2008. He was promoted to sergeant in 2010, serving as the supervisor of a patrol squad.
Among the awards Fisher has received in his career were an Honorable Service Medal from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office in 2007 for the arrest of an armed robbery suspect; Honorable Service Medal from the Bernards Township Police Department in 2009 for concluding the investigation of 22 motor vehicle burglaries leading to the arrests of several defendants; a Letter of Commendation from Raritan Borough Police Department in 2010 for the apprehension of an armed fugitive while off duty; MADD Law Enforcement Distinguished Service Award in 2011 and 2012; and a Life Saving Commendation from the Raritan Township Police Department in 2014 for successfully resuscitating a 3-year-old who had drowned while he was off duty.