On Wednesday September 12, 2012 – members of the Newton Police Department were recognized at the inaugural Annual Meeting of NJCASA, the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault.  The meeting was held at the law firm of Lowenstein and Sandler PC in Roseland, NJ.  The Newton Police Department was nominated by Gwen Federico-Malone, the Sexual Assault Program Director for DASI (Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Intervention Services) – www.DASI.org.

NJCASA released information about the event on their website, http://njcasa.org/news/120918/njcasa-2012-annual-meeting-honorees, and indicated the following:

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Newton Police Department, Honored by Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Intervention Services (DASI, Sussex County)

The Newton Police Department goes the extra mile for survivors of sexual violence. Each officer responds to every sexual assault case with sensitivity, compassion, and earnestness, always keeping the interests and needs of the survivor at the forefront of the investigations. Their approach to sexual assault cases is truly victim centered. Newton PD has taken a lead role in preventing sexual violence in the county, and has remained supportive of every community endeavor that promotes the eradication of violence and well-being of the community.

Newton Police Chief Michael Richards accepted the award with Detective Thomas Muller and Detective Thomas Tosti on behalf of the department.  The members of the Newton Police Department are grateful for this recognition and proud to be included in the company of the other six honorees from northern New Jersey who have demonstrated such hard work in support of victims of sexual violence.  Sexual assault investigations are often complex and challenging.  Prevention efforts and investigative outcomes are greatly improved in proportion to how well we partner with the community and professionals like those from DASI.  We applaud NJCASA and DASI for their dedication.