The Detective Bureau is responsible for the investigation of Homicides, Robberies, Kidnapping, Sexual Assaults, Child Abuse and Cases involving Juveniles, as well as property crimes such as Controlled Dangerous Substances, Burglary, Arson, Theft, and Fraud. Detectives assigned to this Section are highly skilled Investigators who have earned their positions by demonstrating the knowledge, skills and abilities crucial to being a successful Investigator.
The Detective Bureau is comprised of a Lieutenant, Three Sergeants and Eleven Detectives.
Street Crimes Unit
The Lakewood Police Department Street Crimes Unit (SCU) consists of a Detective Sergeant and a team of plainclothes detectives. These Detectives are highly trained and skilled in the area of Anti-Narcotics and Human Trafficking Enforcement. Their primary responsibility is to conduct enforcement by way of surveillance and information obtained through various sources to arrest individuals involved in the possession and/or distribution of illegal narcotics. Often times, after coordination with other investigatory units and officers on patrol, these arrests lead to the dismantling of narcotics organizations operating within the Township of Lakewood or surrounding areas . As a result, SCU Detectives regularly work with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Group, as well as their State and Federal Counterparts on large-scale investigations.
Crime Suppression Unit
The Lakewood Police Department Crime Suppression Unit (CSU) consists of a Detective Sergeant and a team of Officers. CSU Officers are utilized to enhance the efforts of our Street Crimes Unit. Individuals selected for this unit are highly motivated and have demonstrated a proactive approach to preventing crime. These officers generally drive marked patrol cars and are deployed in areas that have been identified as “areas of concern”. They investigate the problem, attempt to identify and arrest those responsible, and prevent further criminal activity. In addition, they apprehend wanted individuals and provide other services directly related to the prevention of crime and the apprehension of violators. The goal of all of these activities is to improve the safety and quality of life for Lakewood residents and visitors.