NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Police Department promoted one of their own, Thomas Muller, to the rank of Sergeant, during the Town Council meeting on Monday. With the promotion, he has a new assignment; the Patrol Division.
Muller was born and raised in Newton. He graduated as a part of Newton High School’s Class of 1993. Following that he attended Montclair State University, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Criminal Justice in 1997.
He first began his career as a police officer with Newton Police Department as a Patrolman in November of 1998, graduating from the New Jersey State Police Academy in Sea Girt in March of 1999.
Muller was then assigned to the Detective Bureau in July of 2007.
“When he sought to come into the Detective Bureau, he expressed how he wanted more of a challenge in his daily work, which made sense to me,” Chief Michael Richards said. “He made the most of the assignment, earning praise and accolades such as being named the Detective of the Year by the county detectives’ association.”
Muller and Richards have worked together for several years in the Detective Bureau. Muller has been assigned all types of cases from minor investigations to murder and kidnapping.
“He’s demonstrated to me that he understands the important of sensitivity to victims of crime,” Richards said. “He understands community policing and how to work cooperatively, within our police department, as well as outside our jurisdiction.”
Surrounded by his family, friends, fellow officers, and town council members, Muller recited the oath to Mayor Wayne Levante, after which his wife and daughter pinned his shield on his uniform.
“He excels at his profession. Some words to describe him are competent, professional and smart. I look forward to watching him take on his new responsibilities as a Patrol Sergeant and tackling the new challenges that he will face as a supervisor,” Richards said. “I expect that he’ll bring the same degree of professionalism and competence to this new role and use his position to help mentor our newer officers. We welcome him as a valued member of our leadership team going forward.”
Muller thanked his friends and family members for attending and supporting him throughout his career, his fellow officers for the opportunity to serve them in this new position, and the Town Council for the opportunity to be a part of the Newton Police Department.