Lt. Thomas Madera has been awarded a full scholarship to the master's degree program at the University of Phoenix through the FBI National Academy. Each year, the university picks four candidates who have graduated from the FBI National Academy. Madera is pursuing a Master of Science in Administration of Justice and Security with a concentration in Law Enforcement organizations.
In 2010, Eastern hired Madera at the rank of Lieutenant. That same year, he was selected to represent Connecticut Law Enforcement in USA National Law Enforcement Torch Run in Lincoln, NE, where officers from 50 states ran the torch from Ames, Iowa, to opening ceremonies in Nebraska.
In 2010, Madera earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Albertus Magnus College. "This new degree will prepare me for my future goal of becoming a deputy chief or chief. My interests include charity work with Special Olympics Connecticut, softball, cycling and collecting baseball cards."
Madera began his law enforcement career in 1992. In 1998, he began serving as an officer at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU).