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Hightstown Detective Acknowledged for Homicide Investigation

Detective Benjamin Miller has been recognized for his work during the Amy Giordano homicide investigation

Detective Benjamin Miller of the Hightstown Police Department will receive the NJHIA Excellence in Homicide Investigation Award on October 25.

He was nominated by Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Meidt of the Mercer County Prosecutors Office to recognize outstanding investigative efforts during a homicide investigation.

New Jersey Homicide Investigators Association President Geoffrey Noble congratulated Miller on behalf of the NJHIA Board of Directors for his work during the .

“He, along with his colleagues from the Mercer County Prosecutors Office and NJ State Police did an excellent job working as a team to solve this complex multi-state investigation,” Noble said in an email.

Miller has been invited to attend the NJHIA annual general membership meeting at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. He may accept his award during the meeting, where he will be presented with a plaque.

“As Police Director, I would like to congratulate Detective Miller on his nomination by the Mercer County Prosecutor Office for the NJHIA award in recognition for his outstanding investigation efforts during homicide investigations,” said Hightstown Police Director James K. Le Tellier in an email.

george serrano September 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM
Good job
B.Bennett September 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM
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Hightstown Homeowner September 13, 2012 at 12:42 PM
You have got to be kidding me.
Joe September 13, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Hahahahahahahahahaha. The Mercer Co Prosecutors Office has a sense of humor. I would have put "efforts" in quotes, as he had no "results".
Hightstownforlife September 13, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Great job Detective Miller!!! Glad you are being recognized for all your hard work on this case and job well done.
clara September 13, 2012 at 02:02 PM
A sad and transparent effort at scrubbing Det. Miller's record. Sad because another detective who may have been truly worthy of recognition was passed over in an effort to save Miller's job. Transparent because, well, does it really need saying again? When your doctor really messes up, you can pick a new one. When a police officer who has taken a sworn oath to protect you messes up and turns predator, can you pick a new one? Why is it so difficult to remove police officers and elected officials who break the law?
Teri Mier September 13, 2012 at 02:34 PM
What ????????? Is this for real?
E September 13, 2012 at 03:50 PM
In other words, going forward he has job security! He must have really browned nosed the Mercer County Prosecutors Office to get this accolade. During the Giordano investigation it was reported in a local newspaper that media trampled through Ms. Giordano’s apartment for a week before it was sealed off. Miller stated, according to the article, that “It is not a crime scene," ... "I have no right to go through her apartment and her property.” Are you kidding me? So the NJ State Police were his colleagues during the investigation? No wonder they covered his a** when the gang report was issued. This is a joke right?
HEWresident September 13, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I can't believe this is real. Besides the botched Giordano case, and the other issue he SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED FOR, this guy has been harrassing me and my friends for years. I remember years ago, he would show up at the high school in a doo rag and shorts and walk around the hallways asking kids for drugs. He created a fake facebook profile of a friend of ours who he knew didn't have facebook because he was a family friend. Then he went on it messaging everyone for drugs. He would sit outside my friends house in his own civilian car, while off duty, just to watch him and see what he was doing. How does he still have a job? Please let this be a joke. I thought Police were there to protect the citizens, not harrass. Hightstown doesn't deserve this. It's ashame because most of the force are great officers, this is just the bad apple.
SLSmith September 13, 2012 at 05:40 PM
What? I am shocked! Round up the usual suspects. Every woman and girl in Hightstown should be very afraid that if you disappear, this putz will make no effort to look for clues and will say that you ran away without even considering that you might have been murdered.
Torry Watkins September 13, 2012 at 09:15 PM
And the coverup continues. This time with a more ominous twist, as the Police Director and the Prosecutor's Office join in.
ConcernedCitizen September 14, 2012 at 02:15 AM
This is a joke. Anyone who think Detective Miller is a decent cop is just plain stupid.... I have seen, witnessed, and heard plenty of bad things about this guy that will make you just want to vomit. This is just a big cover up for him to keep his job. It's sad to know there are cops like him who are suppose to be "protecting" Hightstown. I am truely disgusted that this guy is someone we're suppose to trust in. As you can clearly see, no one in this town wants him here. There should be no award, TIME TO MOVE ON!!!!!!
Torry Watkins September 14, 2012 at 01:22 PM
To hear much, much more from this point of view, elect Serrano to Council.
Vic Monaco September 19, 2012 at 08:32 PM
This award is hysterical and certainly a favor for which Mr. Meidt should be ashamed. I covered this closely and members of his agency were none too happy at the time with the way this case was handled locally. So much so that THEY overruled Miller and closed the apartment as a crime scene after Miller uttered this words the week of June 18, 2007: "It is not a crime scene. I have no right to go through her apartment and her property. If I wanted to do that, I'd have to get a warrant. I can't do that unless there's a crime in New Jersey. There are no indicators, whatsoever, to point in that direction."
Vic Monaco September 19, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I'd love to hear what Mike Vanderbeck, Amy's landlord at the time, thinks of this award. I KNOW what he thought at the time, and some of those comments were on the record and reported. C'mon Mike, Speak up about this rewriting of local history.
MG October 14, 2012 at 03:32 AM
He has no morals and is a disgace to mankind.
Mike October 21, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Some very insightful, well though out comments above. It seems the good people of Heightstown recognize a scumbag when they have suffered under the tyranny. Mike

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