Lieutenant Sutter graduated from the Somerset County Police Academy in June 2005 where he served as a team leader and received the “Matter of Pride” award for his accomplishments. From March 2013 to April 2014, he was assigned to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force. After being promoted to the rank of Sergeant in February 2015, Lieutenant Sutter was assigned to the Administrative Division where he served as the Assistant Administrative Division Commander, Accreditation Manager, Assistant Internal Affairs Officer, Departmental Training Officer, Drug Recognition Expert Instructor for the New Jersey State Police, Assistant DWI Coordinator, Firearms Instructor and SWAT Team Supervisor / Sniper.
In his career, Lieutenant Sutter received two “DWI Top Gun Awards” at the New Jersey Remembers event for being the number one leading DWI Officer in Middlesex County in 2010 and 2011. In May 2012, Lieutenant Sutter was given an award by the Middlesex County Freeholders for his accomplishments in DWI arrests. He was also given 4 MADD Awards, a Unit Citation, 4 Letters of Commendation, a Certificate of Appreciation and a Life Saving Award. Lastly, in 2013 Lieutenant Sutter received the National Law Enforcement Award for New Jersey presented by the VFW.
Lieutenant Sutter is a firm believer in continuing education and has completed his course work for his Education Doctorate Degree (Ed.D.) in Education Leadership, Management and Policy from Seton Hall University. He is currently working on his dissertation in order to confer his degree. Furthermore, Lieutenant Sutter has also obtained an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in Education Leadership, Management and Policy and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Human Resources, Training and Development from Seton Hall University. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) with a double major in Criminal Justice and Psychology, a Certificate in Criminology and a Minor in Sociology from Rutgers University. Lastly, Lieutenant Sutter graduated from the Rutgers University Certified Public Manager’s program (CPM).
Lieutenant Sutter has a military background and is a combat veteran. He joined the United States Marine Corps in December 2000 and was honorably discharged in December 2008 as an E-6 (Staff Sergeant). Directly out of recruit training he was awarded the Company and Platoon Honor Graduate. Lieutenant Sutter also attended the United States Marine Corps Officer Candidate School and was awarded the Outstanding Marine Corps Officer Candidate award, but turned down his commission as a military officer to pursue his career as a Police Officer. While in Iraq, Lieutenant Sutter served as a Police Transition Team advisor to the Iraqi Police. He was the Logistics Chief for the Al Qa’im District during Operation Iraqi Freedom March 2006 to June 2007.