Autism New Jersey Announces Law Enforcement Advisory Committee Appointments

February 07, 2024

This year, Autism New Jersey proudly established its Law Enforcement Initiative. Through our Power of Connection, we aim to bring together individuals and entities in law enforcement and the autism community to identify best practices in a variety of areas and encourage more law enforcement entities to adopt autism-friendly practices.

The first phase of this bold initiative involves gathering information and developing relationships with key stakeholders. Our initial priority of this phase was to establish a Law Enforcement Advisory Committee. This critical committee consists of several law enforcement officers with diverse backgrounds, geographic representation, and experience working with autistic individuals and their families.

Please join us in acknowledging our Law Enforcement Advisory Committee members:

Major Thomas WieczerakNew Jersey State Police
Chief Timothy BarlowTewksbury Township Police
Chief Kevin KesselmanNJIT Police
Chief Michael K. PolaskiRobbinsville Township Police
Chief Christopher WintersPine Hill Police
Captain Jason GerbaEdison Police
Lieutenant David SchultzHamilton Police
Detective Richard AcostaUnion County Prosecutor’s Office
Detective Robert O’HareHamilton Police
Officer Eric CianoElizabeth Police
Officer Joy KlapalLivingston Police
Officer Michael PiperatoEdison Police
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The Law Enforcement Advisory Committee is charged with sharing their expertise, professional standards, real-world experiences, best practices, and connections to advise Autism New Jersey in its efforts to advance safety, communication, and collaboration between the law enforcement and autism communities. The Law Enforcement Advisory Committee will oversee several Law Enforcement Sub-Committees covering specific challenges, opportunities, and initiatives throughout the state.

Are you a law enforcement officer, prosecutor's office, or work in a related professional role? We welcome the opportunity to connect with you. Please email us at