Lou Fisher has over 20 years of law enforcement experience. In 2005, he was given the task of creating a detective bureau, as the department had never had a dedicated unit before. He has investigated hundreds of cases, which include murder down to theft. Before entering law enforcement in 1998, he was a business owner for over 10 years in the private sector and at one point employed almost 100 people.
His main focus and success came from his aggressive approach in Narcotics and Gang investigations. Those investigations had him working along with other local departments, as well as County, State and Federal agencies over the years. He has over a decade of experience investigating the diversion and distribution of prescription drugs.
In 2012, he began to target and track addicted subjects specifically those addicted to opioids, and most of all heroin. He continues to use Intelligence Led Policing methods to combat the opioid crisis. He had the idea that he needed to divert those addicted into long term treatment in lieu of incarceration. In 2014, he was quoted in an interview as saying that “we could not arrest or jail our way out of this problem.”
In early 2014, what started as RiversideTIP (Treatment Incentive Program). In July 2016 he formed NJTIP, a not-for-profit corporation. The purpose would be to help support Police Departments that started “TIP” in their municipality or recognized the program as a viable option over incarceration. He spends a great deal of his time dedicated to actually finding treatment for those crippled by their addiction and/or mental health issues. He also provides informational seminars to other law enforcement agencies and high schools in the area.