Chief Richard J. Meder began his career with the Medford Township Police Department in 1996 and attended the Burlington County Police Academy. Upon graduation he was assigned to the patrol bureau until being transferred to the criminal investigative bureau as a Detective in 1998. In 2004, Chief Meder was assigned as a corporal in the patrol bureau and later that year was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He continued supervising in the patrol bureau until 2005 when he was transferred back to the criminal investigative bureau as Detective Sergeant. There he supervised both the detective unit and the school resource unit. In 2008, Chief Meder was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned as the Commander of the Criminal Investigative Bureau. In May of 2011, Chief Meder was sworn in as Medford Township’s Chief of Police.
During the course of his career, Chief Meder has served as a certified crisis negotiator with the Burlington County Crisis Negotiation Team, as a Megan’s law officer and as bias crime officer. Chief Meder has been recognized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Drug Enforcement Administration, ASIS International, and the Medford Township Police Department for outstanding police work.
Chief Meder earned a bachelor degree in law and justice from Rowan University in 1995. He is a 2009 graduate of the FBI National Academy’s 239th session and a 2011 graduate of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership program where he earned the Chief Harry Wilde Academic Achievement Award.
Chief Meder is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, as well as, the Burlington County Police Chiefs Association where he currently serves on the executive board. Additionally, he maintains active membership in the FBI National Academy Association and the Fraternal Order of Police.
Office of the Chief of Police:
Medford Township Police Department
91 Union Street
Medford, New Jersey 08055
Office: (609) 654-7805
Fax: (609) 654-5996