NEWTON, NJ—Newton Police Chief Michael Richards will be honored for his work with the CLEAR initiative in Sussex county.  On Wednesday, June 26 in Gloucester, Massachusetts the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative or PAARI recognize Richards with a PAARI Leadership Award.

“His strong leadership since the inception of C.L.E.A.R. has helped to make the work we’ve done in Sussex County impactful and successful,” Executive Director at the Center for Prevention and Counseling, Becky Carlson said.

Richards has not only worked alongside the Center for Prevention to make the CLEAR program what it is today, but according to Carlson, he was the one who came up with the name.

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This is the fourth annual Leadership Awards presented by PAARI, which was founded in June of 2015. The CLEAR program was borne from PAARI created by law enforcement with the first CLEAR meeting taking place in November 2015.  By July of 2016 it was an active program for residents in the county. 

Richards will be the only representative from law enforcement in New Jersey to receive the award.  Others who will be receiving an award include:

  • Boston Police Department, Massachusetts: Deputy Michael Stratton, Lt. David Murphy, Sgt. Peter Messina, Officers Josh DeLisle, Joshua De La Rosa, and Daniel Harlow
  • Chelsea Police Department, Massachusetts: Chief Brian Brian Kyes, Captain Dave Batchelor, and Community Engagement Specialist Dan Cortez
  • Gloucester Police Department, Massachusetts: Lt. Jeremiah Nicastro and Sgt. Sean Connors
  • Anne Arundel County Police, Maryland: Lt. Steve Thomas and Crisis Response Director Jen Corbin