Piscataway Police Get Tenured Leader

Longtime Officer Thomas Mosier Elevated to Rank of Chief for Township Police Department

January 13, 2021 – Thirty years ago, a lifelong Piscataway resident began his law enforcement career in his hometown as a patrol officer.  Now three decades later, Thomas Mosier was sworn in as the full Chief of the Piscataway Township Police Department, one year after having been promoted from captain to acting chief.

“Protecting and serving all Piscataway residents continues to be my guiding principle,” Chief Mosier said.  “The department’s good relationship with our Township’s diverse residents and several neighborhoods is a testament to the rank and file of our professional and admired police force which I am proud to lead.”

During Mosier’s storied and successful career, he has also served PTPD as a hostage negotiator with its Emergency Services Unit Crisis Negotiation Team, a sergeant with its Special Victims Unit, a lieutenant in both its Patrol and Traffic Safety divisions, and captain of its Operations Division.  Mosier has specialized training from the U.S. Department of Justice in crisis negotiations and holds certifications in counterterrorism from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“The Township Council and I congratulate Chief Mosier on his well-deserved promotion which is an expression of the extraordinary confidence and respect that Piscataway residents have for his leadership,” Mayor Brian C. Wahler said.  “We are certain that his continued management of our Township police will ensure the lasting and trusting relationship that all residents have in local law enforcement.”

Chief Mosier took the helm of PTPD as acting chief in January 2020 upon the retirement of Chief Michael McLaughlin, becoming only the 18th person to lead the department in its 104-year history.  In just the past year, PTPD was accredited by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) which looks at many factors when determining accreditation such as department leadership, personnel development, records and financial management, arrest and investigation procedures, weapons training and call responses.