|COMMUNICATIONS AND RECORDS|
After graduation 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 2012 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 and a Physical Fitness Award. He is a 1998 graduate of Northwestern University Traffic Institute's School of Police Staff and Command and a 2001 graduate of West Point's Command and Leadership Program.
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 is a current member of the Morris County Rapid Deployment Team (RDT), which responds to acts of terrorism and technological/natural disasters that arise in the state. Austenberg is a former Field Training Officer and has worked as a D.A.R.E. officer in the past.