Academy Staff

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Richard Celeste, Ed.D.Richard Celeste, Ed.D.
Academy Director
Deputy Chief, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office (Ret.)
Office Phone: (908) 575-3379 

Dr. Celeste retired in 2002 after serving 26 years in law enforcement with 11 years as an officer with the Bridgewater Township Police Department and 16 years with the SCPO, where he retired as Deputy Chief. Academy Dr. Richard Celeste is the senior most Director in NJ with 21 years overseeing the Academy. He holds a Masters and Doctorate Degree in Education and has authored the handbook titled, “The Challenge Program, An Administrator’s Guide for Conducting A Comprehensive Police Recruit Training Program.” This handbook is the training model at the Somerset County Police Academy and is used by many academies across the nation as well as other New Jersey academies. Dr. Celeste is certified as an expert witness/consultant in the all areas of law enforcement training, with specific emphasis in the use of force, which he has lectured nationally on. Dr. Celeste is an adjunct professor at Raritan Valley Community College.


William Brown III, M.A.William Brown III, M.A.
Continuing Education Supervisor
Detective Sergeant, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office
Office Phone: (908) 541-5035

Detective Sergeant Brown, a graduate of the Somerset County Police Academy (class 03-89), began his law enforcement career in 1983 as a Marine Security Guard at Marine Barracks Panama Canal. He was later assigned to Marine Air Group 14 as a Nuclear Biological Chemical Defense Specialist. Following his completion of active duty, Detective Sergeant Brown enlisted in the Marine Reserve where he was assigned to an Infantry Company as a Platoon Sergeant/ Guide. During his seven years in the Marines, he was promoted four times, three of which were meritoriously. Following his honorable discharge, Detective Sergeant Brown was hired by the Bernards Township Police Department where he spent over 18 years, 8 years as a Patrol Sergeant, in uniform, serving in both the Patrol and Traffic Divisions. He is highly decorated, receiving over twenty five awards and commendations from the State, County and local levels of Law Enforcement. Some of his awards include New Jersey Chiefs of Police 2016  Valor Award,  New Jersey Police Benevolent Association 2016  Valor Award (Bronze) and 2004 Merit Award, Somerset County 200 Club Valor Award 2004 & 2016, Bernard’s Township Officer of the Year1999, and the 2016 Somerset County Emergency Response Team Commanders Award. During his time with the Academy, he has taught both at the recruit level and continuing education level. He  and is highly regarded by his peers for his commitment to education. He has an Associate’s Degree of Science in Public and Social Services, a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Human Services from Thomas Edison State College, and a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Public Administration from Centenary College.