Barnegat Township Police Department

The Barnegat Township Police Department is a forward-thinking, premier municipal law enforcement agency. As the first and only CALEA internationally accredited police department in Ocean County, BTPD continues to lead the way in innovative policing and commitment to best practices.

Our motto: a regnati consensu translates to, “from the consent of the governed”. This phrase is borrowed from the Declaration of Independence which stated, “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” This motto is again a reminder that our power is ultimately derived from the people, and is intended to empower us to defend, serve, and protect the people.

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Our Team

The strength of any organization lies in the talent, skills, and commitment of its employees. Barnegat officers begin their journey with a rigorous and incredibly competitive selection process. The typical Barnegat officer needs to finish in the top 2% of applicants in order to be selected– a rate among the most competitive in any profession. Each officer receives at least 120 hours of training a year.

Beyond possessing the knowledge of thousands of laws, regulations, and judicial cases, our officers are outstanding problem solvers– placing a priority on conflict resolution and de-escalation long before they were trending buzzwords in the profession. In fact, despite handling nearly 20,000 calls for service and 600 arrests a year, Barnegat officers historically use force in well under 1% of all calls for service.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Barnegat Township Police Department is to provide for the well-being of the community through effective police provision of order maintenance, law enforcement, emergency services, and crime prevention; to guarantee the constitutional rights of all people, to provide rapid response to those in danger or otherwise in need of aid, and to maintain an open dialogue with citizens in order to identify problems within Barnegat Township and resolve those problems through an interactive partnership with the community we serve.

Our Values

Integrity– Integrity is a core agency value and is demanded of every member, at all times. We recognize that integrity is the foundation of community trust.

Empathy—Empathy is among the most fundamental values that we embrace. Empathy promotes cooperation and understanding. The ability to see a situation from another’s perspective is critical to conflict resolution, de-escalation, and collaborative solutions.

Accountability– We are accountable to each other, and to the people we serve.

Fairness– Treating all people with fairness is basic to human dignity.

Respect– Respect for the community is essential for establishing and maintaining the spirit of cooperation needed to be an outstanding police department.

Chief J. Carroll

Message from Chief Jason D. Carroll

As your Chief of Police, it is an honor to work with our officers to serve and protect this wonderful community, and I wanted to take a moment to reaffirm our commitment to you.

Here in Barnegat Township, community policing isn’t just a phrase – it’s a way of life. Our officers are dedicated to forging strong relationships with each and every one of you. We believe that by working together, we can create a safer, more secure environment for everyone. Our top priority is keeping our town safe. Whether it’s patrolling our streets, responding to emergencies, or working tirelessly to prevent crime, you can trust that our department is always on the front lines, working to ensure your safety and well being.

But beyond that, we are committed to providing the very best service to our residents. We understand that every interaction matters, and we strive to uphold the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and compassion in everything we do. As we move forward, I encourage you to reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or ideas you may have. Your input is invaluable to us, and together, we can continue to make Barnegat Township a place we are all proud to call home.

Thank you for your continued support, trust, and partnership.

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