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Lt. Craig Austenberg


After graduating from Mount Olive High School, Austenberg continued his education at County College of Morris and Rutgers University. He began his career with the department in July of 1989 serving as a patrol officer. In August of 1995 he was promoted to Sergeant and was assigned to supervise a patrol squad. Upon his promotion to Lieutenant in May of 2007 he was assigned as the Investigations Division Commander. In 2013 he was assigned as Commander of the Support Services Division, where he oversees the Traffic Bureau, Training and other support functions. During his career he has received numerous departmental awards including three Knights of Columbus Shield Awards, two Exceptional Duty Awards, two Meritorious Service Awards, two Lifesaving Awards, three Honorable Service Awards, three Grand Cordons, an Educational Achievement Award, a Program Development Award, and a Physical Fitness Award. He is a graduate of Northwestern University Traffic Institute's School of Police Staff and Command, the West Point Command and Leadership Program and the NJSACOP Police Executive Institute.

Austenberg served as a Field Training Officer and a D.A.R.E. officer in the past. In 2001 Austenberg created the MOPD website. In 2005 Lt. Austenberg participated in the Hurricane Katrina relief effort coordinated by the State of New Jersey and designated as “Operation LEAD” (Louisiana Emergency Assistance Deployment). He served as a member of the Morris County Rapid Deployment Team (RDT), which responds to acts of terrorism and technological/natural disasters that arise in the state.

In 2016 Lt. Austenberg introduced the Pink Patch Project to the police department. The #PinkPatchProject began as a collaborative effort between the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs' Association and several public safety agencies in Los Angeles County and beyond. These agencies have partnered together to combat breast cancer by raising public awareness and to raise funds for breast cancer research and treatment.



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