The Toms River Police municipal holding facility is staffed 24/7 by Special Law Enforcement Officers, known as Booking Officers. All arrests in the township are processed through the facility using Live Scan technology. The municipal holding facility is capable of detaining 12 adults and 3 juveniles at any given time. The Booking Officers are trained to collect fingerprints, photographs and DNA samples from arrestees as needed during processing. They receive additional training on detainee supervision and the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). They are also responsible for working with other law enforcement agencies throughout the State.
PREA, THE PRISON RAPE ELIMINATION ACT
PREA, the Prison Rape Elimination Act, was passed by Congress in 2003. The standards for PREA become effective August 20, 2012. PREA supports the elimination, reduction, and prevention of sexual abuse and sexual harassment within corrections systems, including police lockups.
PREA establishes a zero-tolerance standard for the incidence of sexual abuse in confinement settings in the United States. PREA makes the prevention of sexual abuse a top priority in each correctional system. PREA develops and implements national standards for the detection, prevention, reduction, and punishment of prison rape. PREA increases the accountability of officials who fail to detect, prevent, reduce, and punish prison rape. PREA requires the collection of statistical data regarding the prevalence of sexual abuse in facilities.
Any information regarding sexual abuse occurring within Toms River Police municipal holding facility can be reported to the Toms River Police Department Professional Standards Unit at (732)349-0150 EXT 1294.