Detective Sgt Thomas Rich, is currently a certified police officer in the State of New Jersey entering his 18th year of service. Recently chosen as the 2014 Citizen of the Year by PANJ of New Jersey- Sgt Rich has just joined forces with STOPit full time as their cyber-safety expert.
Sgt Rich is the "original" creator/founder of a program called "Generation Text". After having huge success since 2008 with this program, he decided to create "Always Connected" in 2011 and take it to a whole new level. Over 700 presentations done and more than 500,000 spoken to across the country.
The purpose of "Always Connected" is to inform law enforcement, educators, administration, youth workers, youth groups, parents and children of all ages how to utilize technology in a positive way. Having dealt with children and investigations for the past ten years, Sgt Rich realized the huge impact that technology was having on children, especially in regards to cyberbullying, Sgt Rich decided to focus his efforts on educating audiences about current trends, real life problems and solutions for schools, parents and children. Most importantly help to address the problems that children face using technology and how these pitfalls lead to cyberbullying.
Sgt Rich has been a DARE instructor for the past 10 years and has been involved with the children in his town for the past 12 years. Having spent his entire career dedicated to children, has helped make this program exceptional at every turn. He brings the real world experience of what kids are going through on a daily basis and most importantly SOLUTIONS..... Solutions to the hard questions that children face everyday.
Sgt Rich has been speaking nationally and internationally since 2008 covering these very important topics.
The assemblies are all age appropriate and cover K-12 but focused mainly in the middle school and high school.
Sgt Rich is now the Cyber Safety Expert for STOPit. For more information about STOPit please visit: www.stopitcyberbully.com