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Promotions Within the Bureau of Law Enforcement
Release Date: May 23, 2016

Sheriff Michael F. Strada is pleased to announce the following promotions within the Bureau of Law Enforcement.

Promotions Within the Bureau of Law Enforcement

Sheriff Michael F. Strada is pleased to announce the following promotions within the Bureau of Law Enforcement.

Lawrence J. Beller
(L-R) Sheriff Michael F. Strada, Captain Lawrence J. Beller

Lieutenant Lawrence J. Beller has been promoted to Captain. A United State Marine Corps veteran of Operation Desert Storm and a 21 year veteran of the Sussex County Sheriff's Office, Captain Beller began his law enforcement career in 1993 when he was hired as a Corrections Officer by the New Jersey State Department of Corrections. In 1994, he accepted a position as a Sheriff's Officer with the Middlesex County Sheriff's Office. In 1995, he transferred to the Sussex County Sheriff's Office and, later that year, was assigned to the Sussex County Prosecutor's Office Narcotics Task Force where he served as an undercover narcotics detective until 2004. In 2005, he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to supervise the Courthouse Security & Prisoner Transportation Unit. In 2010, he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to oversee the supervision of the Courthouse Unit.

Throughout his career, Captain Beller has been assigned to several different units including, The Courthouse Security and Prisoner Transportation Unit, the Sussex County Prosecutor's Office Narcotics Task Force (SCNTF), the Sheriff's Detective Bureau, and the Sheriff's Tactical Response Unit (TRU). In addition to being a 5 time recipient of the Sheriff's Good Conduct Medal, a two-time recipient of the Sheriff's Exceptional Duty Award, as well as the Sheriff's Achievement Award, the Military Service Medal, and the Hurricane Irene Service Ribbon, Captain Beller also received the Sheriff's Lifesaving Award in 2011 for his rapid and successful response during a medical emergency at the Sussex County Fair.

Captain Beller is a graduate of the 61st Middlesex County Police Academy Basic Police Class and the United States Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Leadership and Supervision Course. Following his promotion, Captain Beller has been assigned to oversee the daily operations of the Bureau of Law Enforcement.

Sergeant Derek Nerlinger
(L-R) Sheriff Michael F. Strada, Sergeant Derek Nerlinger

Sergeant Derek Nerlinger has been promoted to Lieutenant. A 1993 Graduate of Sparta High School, a United States Army Veteran, and a 15 year veteran of the Sussex County Sheriff's Office, Lieutenant Nerlinger began his law enforcement career in 2000 when he was hired as a Federal Corrections Officer by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The following year, he accepted a position as a Sheriff's Officer in the Sussex County Sheriff's Office. In 2008, he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to supervise the Courthouse Security & Prisoner Transportation Unit.

A recipient of the United States Armed Forces Ribbon as well as the Hurricane Irene Service Ribbon, Lieutenant Nerlinger is also graduate of the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute's 87th Basic Police Class, the United States Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Leadership and Supervision Course, and the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey School of Graduate and Continuing Studies Front Line Supervision Program. Following his promotion, Lieutenant Nerlinger has been assigned to oversee the supervision of the Courthouse Security & Prisoner Transportation Unit.

Sheriff Strada thanks both of the above members for their service and congratulates them on their new positions.

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