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SWAT Team Leader Lt. Eric Raps, 26-Year Veteran of EBPD, Retires

SWAT Team Leader Lt. Eric Raps Credits: EBPD

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Lt. Eric Raps has retired from the East Brunswick Police Department after 26 years of dedicated service.  Lt. Raps, who was hired in August of 1991, graduated from the Middlesex County Police Academy and was assigned to the Patrol Division until March 1998, when he was transferred to the Detective Bureau and assumed the position of Detective.

During Lt. Raps’ tenure in patrol, his proactive approach led to arrests for CDS, credit card fraud, shoplifting, weapons possession as well as other numerous crimes.  While in the Detective Bureau, Lt. Raps received specialized training in auto theft and insurance fraud as well as interview and interrogation, and statement analysis.  

In July of 2009, Lt. Raps was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and remained in the Detective Bureau as a Detective Sergeant until he was promoted to Lieutenant in April 0f 2013.  He remained in the Detective Bureau as an Assistant Division Commander for before returning to the Patrol Division as a Watch Commander in 2014.

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Lt. Raps had been a member of the East Brunswick Police SWAT Team since 2000.   While on the SWAT Team, he has been an operator and squad leader.  In 2013, he assumed the position of Team Leader of the SWAT Team and held that title until his retirement. 

During his career, Lt. Raps has received recognition for outstanding performance to include the Director’s Award for Excellence, Commander’s Citation, two Lifesaving Awards, and Meritorious Service Award as well as 12 Letters of Commendation.  Lt. Raps had the opportunity to travel to New Orleans as part of a New Jersey Task Force for Hurricane Katrina Relief.  

The East Brunswick Police Department would like to thank Lt. Raps for his years dedicated service and wish him good luck as he starts his retirement.

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