Criminal Investigations

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Criminal Investigations 2015-06-19T12:14:11+00:00

The Criminal Investigations Bureau serves as the main investigative branch of the Department. Detectives assigned to the bureau conduct follow-up investigations for criminal cases and respond to crime scenes when requested. Each case is reviewed for solvability factors and assigned to an investigator for follow-up based on the type of crime. All investigators work closely together to ensure that all criminal investigations are carried out efficiently, and most importantly effectively.

The primary function of Criminal Investigations Bureau is to conduct follow-up investigations of reported crimes. These investigations consist of interviewing suspects, victims, and witnesses; analyzing information for validity, reliability, and accuracy; and compiling a comprehensive and factual case file to be presented in court.

The Bureau is also tasked with crime analysis, surveillance in areas of criminal activity, monitoring and maintenance of registered sex and drug offenders, narcotics investigations, and background investigations for alcohol, massage, and firearms applicants. The Toms River Police Criminal Investigations Bureau is responsible for the receiving, processing, storing and purging of property/evidence collected by officers during the course of their duties. The integrity of the chain-of-custody and the integrity of the evidence/property room are critical for the successful prosecution of criminal cases. Detectives are selected through a formal process and receive additional investigative training as a result of their assignment.

Criminal Investigation Bureau supervisors:
Bureau Commander: Captain Michael Belcher mbelcher@trpolice.org
Bureau Supervisor: Lieutenant Shaun O’keeffe sokeeffe@trpolice.org
Special Enforcement Team Supervisor: Sergeant Scott Moeller smoeller@trpolice.org

All inquiries for individual Detectives may be directed to the bureau secretary 732-349-0150 ext. 1092