Sgt Tom Rich
Speaking to the Jeter's Leaders
Sergeant Tom Rich is a 20-year veteran and still a full-time member of the Summit Police Department in New Jersey, where he worked as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Detective Sergeant, Juvenile Detective, D.A.R.E. Officer, Juvenile Sergeant, and Patrol Sergeant. Every day, Tom dedicates his career to protecting and empowering children through education and inclusion.
Sgt. Rich has been a keynote speaker at over 700 events nationally, reaching over 1,000,000 students worldwide. He has also been a featured expert on the subject of online safety and cyber-bullying for Good Morning America, CNN and Fox television. Most recently, Rich was named the 2014 Citizen of the Year by PROBATION ASSOCIATION OF NEW JERSEY.
Sgt. Rich’s goal is to create “teachable moments” to help bridge the gap between students and adults, be they administrators or parents. He aims to open the lines of communication through education and awareness by sharing both the personal and legal consequences of misusing technology, social media, and popular apps like Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and so many others.
Sgt. Rich challenges audiences to go beyond stereotypes, become upstanders, and to be aware of the dangers that lurk behind the screen. In doing so, he addresses the problems that children face using technology and how these pitfalls not only lead to cyberbullying, but also to dangerous behaviors like cutting and suicide.
Using videos and creative solutions, Sgt. Rich’s high energy presentations lead the audience on an engaging journey, showing how the many forms of communication available today can also be used positively. He reinforces the idea that character education and supportive school climates are the keys to changing our youth’s experiences.
Presentations done for all ages
Specializing in K-12 presentations, Keynote Speeches and In-service workshops
Cybersafe Rallies are dynamic, energetic and informative presentations designed to connect with today’s youth and provide tools for navigating the dangers and vulnerabilities imposed on them daily by social media. Generating awareness of the pitfalls and offering PROTECTION FOR STUDENTS in an upbeat and positive manner, audiences are empowered to manage today’s technology in a safe and constructive way.
Helping Foster Positive School Climate
Dangerous Behaviors: cutting/suicide/drug use
Photo Sharing (Air-Dropping)
How to talk to your students and parents
How to talk to trusted adults
The importance of positivity online
Newest apps and Social media
K-12 Student and Parent assemblies
Sgt. Rich's presentations are dynamic, energetic and informative presentations designed to connect with today’s youth and provide tools for navigating the dangers and vulnerabilities imposed on them daily by social media. Generating awareness of the pitfalls and offering PROTECTION FOR STUDENTS in an upbeat and positive manner, audiences are empowered to manage today’s technology in a safe and constructive way.
"Thank you so much for coming to our school. I can honestly say you saved my friends life with your message!"
-G.A. - 8th grade student in Kansas
"The presentation was very informative and inspiring! You are truly making a difference in the lives of students!"
-L.S. - 11th grade student in New York
"It's not often that a speaker can capture the attention of an auditorium filled with high school students. Det. Sgt. Rich is the exception! The students engaged presence was proof that they all were immersed and learning. Most importantly, all of the students left the assembly with concrete tools that will help to keep them safe on the internet. Great Job and thank you!"
WOW! That is all I can say! Sgt Rich you are amazing! Yesterday my daughter sat in your presentation at Kawameeh Middle School in Union, NJ and was so impacted! I can not express my gratitude to you for what you are doing. I work in a school in Elizabeth and am hoping to get you to come speak to our children. My daughter said that you are the first person that really delivered the information and the importance of it, in a way that got through to her. She has a whole new outlook on social medias and on bullying. Thank you!!!
Just had the pleasure of hearing Sgt. Rich speak at Wildwood Catholic High School. Tom is a dynamic, charismatic speaker engaging the audience during the presentation. When the presentation was over, not one person got up to leave. They kept him there for an additional half hour to forty five minutes asking questions. Sgt. Rich stayed and answered every question.
Many times during his presentation I heard the comment "Wow" from the audience. This is a must see for every school..... !! Especially for the kids!!
After hearing Tom Rich speak at a workshop, I was determined to bring his program to my school. We had been dealing with persistent cyber bullying, and had, up to that point, had few resources to help us with our students and their families. The program educated our students, staff and parents, and empowered all of us to assist the victims, the bullies and their families and friends. Our school community has a much clearer picture of what cyber bullying is, what it can do, and what the consequences can be, and we remain grateful to Tom for helping us create a cyber bully free environment at out school.
"My life was changed completely"
"I like his dance moves, he was very funny and relevant"
"Sgt Rich kept it fun and entertaining with his presentation style"
"Sgt Rich was very personable and a great presenter!"
"This presentation was very influential and Sgt Rich is very knowledgeable"
"Sgt Rich was funny and his experience as a police officer made it more enjoyable to learn about"
Sgt. Rich was informative, entertaining and honest! Sgt. Rich's blend of humor, stories, videos and knowledge of the law were a perfect mix to bring this very important and serious message to our students and parents. He stayed after the presentations to answer each and every question and concern students and parents had. I highly recommend this presentation for both students and parents!