This agency investigated a total of eight officer complaints in 2014. These complaints were lodged by either citizens or other police officers concerned by the actions of their colleagues. Six of the eight complaints were brought forth by citizens and were as follows: three related to officer attitude and/or demeanor; two alleged excessive use of force, and one claimed officer harassment. The remaining two complaints were supervisory in nature and were brought forth by agency supervisors and or fellow employees. Each complaint can result in departmental discipline ranging in punishment from a negative performance notice and/or a counseling session to dismissal from the agency.
In each case, Professional Standards initiated an investigation to determine whether each complaint was valid. The outcome of each investigation was documented as follows: two of the three attitude/demeanor complaints were sustained meaning that there was clear evidence to prove that the incident did occur. In the remaining complaint the officer was determined not to have been involved in any wrong doing. The excessive use of force investigations cleared one officer of any wrong doing and the other was administratively closed because the complaint was withdrawn. The sole harassment allegation resulted in the officer being cleared (exonerated) of any wrong doing. Both of the supervisory complaints were sustained. All sustained complaints resulted in some form of departmental discipline in accordance with agency policy. Discipline ranged from a counseling session and or negative performance notice to an oral reprimand.
We also received one hundred-two (102) compliments in 2014 from citizens and police supervisors pleased with officer performance.
On February 13th at 7:47am, Ptl. Brett Taylor arrested Stanley Chambers, 30, of Toms River on a $45,000 warrant for a prior offense of distribution of CDS within Barnegat Township.
Ptl. Taylor located Chambers at Southern Ocean Medical Center after receiving information that Chambers was possibly there. Chambers was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of bail. Stafford Township police assisted with the arrest.
On February 13th at 1:27am, K-9 Officer Robert Armstrong arrested Joseph Garrett, 35, of Long Branch on $89,000 in outstanding warrants issued by the Monmouth County Sheriffs Department. Officer Armstrong observed Garrett inside of the 7-11 on West Bay Avenue and had prior knowledge of the warrants.
Garrett was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.
On February 3rd at 9:31pm, Patrolman Thomas Behrens arrested Israel Ortega Jr., 43, of Atlantic City and Tiffany Duffy, 42, of Barnegat on multiple outstanding warrants. Ptl. Behrens stopped the vehicle which Ortega Jr was driving on Village Dr for an inoperative brake light. During the stop it was learned that Ortega Jr’s drivers license was suspended. It was further determined that both Ortego Jr and Duffy, who was a passenger in the vehicle, both had multiple outstanding warrants. Ortega Jr had two outstanding warrants out of Atlantic County for $5,430. Duffy had three warrants out of Stafford Twp., Brick Twp., and Mays Landing totaling $1,659 dollars. In addition, she had a no bail warrant out of Egg Harbor Township.
Ortega Jr was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of bail. Duffy was lodged in the Atlantic County Jail in default of bail.
On February 5th at 10:12pm, Patrolman Anthony Carlo arrested Dwaine Duffy, 40, of Jackson on an outstanding child support warrant issued by the Ocean County Sheriffs Department. Duffy was processed and lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of $19,081 dollars bail.
On February 7th at 5:29pm, Patrolman Nicholas Dapuzzo arrested Edward Deller Jr., 33, of Warren Grove on an outstanding no bail warrant issued by the Ocean County Sheriffs Department. Ptl. Dapuzzo observed Deller in the 7-11 parking lot on West Bay Avenue and determined that he had a warrant for his arrest. Deller was processed and lodged in the Ocean County Jail.
On February 5th at 1:08am, Patrolman Timothy Bradshaw arrested Walter Rutzler 3rd, 20, of Barnegat for assault after responding to a fight in progress at a Mast Drive residence. Ptl. Bradshaw observed Rutzler strike a victim in the face at which time he was placed under arrest. Rutzler resisted arrest resulting in an additional charge. The accused was charged with simple assault and resisting arrest and was released pending a court date.
On January 31st at 4:16pm, Ptl. Timothy Bradshaw arrested John Meadows 3rd, 49, of Barnegat for theft of services after Meadows refused to pay for a $150 dollar limousine ride from Atlantic City. Meadows resisted arrest and failed to cooperate with officers during processing resulting in charges of resisting arrest and obstructing the administration of law.
Meadows was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of $7,500 bail.
On January 29th at 6:02pm, Patrolman Thomas Behrens arrested Thomas Beers Jr., 29, of Barnegat on $1,500 dollars in outstanding warrants out of Ventnor. Beers Jr was lodged in the Atlantic County Jail in default of bail.
On January 30th at 2:26pm, Patrolman Nicholas Dapuzzo arrested Christina Hartman, 26, of Forked River on $1,000 in outstanding warrants out of Lacey Township. Hartman was lodged in the Ocean County Jail in default of bail.
On January 29th at 1:09am, Patrolman Thomas Behrens arrested Lawrence Desposito Jr., 27, of Barnegat for DWI after stopping Desposito Jr’s vehicle on Route 9 for speeding. Desposito Jr’s vehicle was impounded for 12 hours in accordance with John’s Law. Desposito Jr was processed and released with summonses for DWI, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, speeding, and failure to exhibit documents.