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 mandatory 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.
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.
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 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.