Office of the Chief
The Chief of Police oversees the department and is responsible for all aspects of the day to day operations. His command staff is comprised of a captain and the lieutenants who command each of the agency’s two divisions.
The Operations Division is made up of uniformed officers and the Crime Reduction Unit. The six squads of uniformed officers have the primary responsibility of providing for the protection of life and property within Barnegat Township.
The uniformed patrol officers are the backbone of the agency. All officers start their careers as uniformed patrol officers and must spend at least three years in that capacity before being eligible for any other assignments.
The Crime Reduction Unit is the evolution of the former Barnegat Police Narcotics Unit. It is as an elite team of highly-skilled police officers with a history of exceptional performance. The unit is responsible for high-value investigations involving gangs, drugs, and weapons. The unit can also be directed at crime outbreaks in specific areas or involving certain modus operandi. The Crime Reduction Unit is the most important part of the agency’s new Crime Reduction Initiative.
Support Services Division
The Support Services Division contains the many components that supplement and support the agency’s mission. These components include the Detective Bureau, Evidence Function, Juvenile Function, Community Policing Unit, School Resource Officers, Records, Accreditation Unit, Fleet Management, and Information Technology.
The Detective Bureau’s primary responsibility is to conduct investigations of crimes and offenses and prepare criminal cases for prosecution. This is accomplished through various methods including interview and interrogation as well as processing crime scenes.
Barnegat’s juvenile crime program mandated by the Attorney General’s Office is responsible for the prevention and control of juvenile delinquency problems as well as the investigation of juvenile cases, crisis counseling, and liaison with the juvenile courts. Our juvenile program has received a great deal of praise and has been a model for other Ocean County departments.