The Operations Division is the largest division and the core of the Brick Township Police Department. The division is staffed with one Captain and one Lieutenant and is comprised of three separate units and bureaus.

Captain Steven Gerling #148

  • Captain Steven Gerling was hired by the Brick Township Police Department in January of 1995. He graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy Class #64 in May of 1995. He is also a graduate of the Richard Stockton College.
  • He worked his first twelve years as a patrol officer and a Field Training Officer. During this time, Captain Gerling was assigned to the K9 Unit where he served as a K9 Handler and worked with his K9 partner Cody.
  • In March 2006 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he was assigned to the Evening Shift and later the Day Shift as a Squad Supervisor and the K9 Unit Supervisor.
  • In January of 2014 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant where he was assigned to the Operations Division as the Evening Shift Commander.
  • In January of 2016 he was transferred to the Administrative Services Division, where he served as the Professional Standards Unit Commander.
  • In February 2017 he was transferred to the Operations Division, where he served as the A Side Evening/Midnight Shift Commander.
  • In February 2018 he remained assigned to the Operations Division and became the Shift Commander for the A Side of the patrol schedule.
  • In December 2018 he was promoted to the rank of Captain where he currently serves as the Operations Division Commander.
The Patrol Bureau consists of three shifts. There are three Lieutenants and 13 Sergeants. Each shift is under the supervision of one Lieutenant. Each shift is divided into squads that are supervised by a Sergeant. Manpower varies on each shift as demand requires. These officers are the departments’ front line in the fight against crime. They provide service and protection to all of our residents and visitors, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Some of the responsibilities within the Patrol Bureau are to respond to and conduct investigations into criminal activities such as; burglaries, robberies, homicides, stolen motor vehicles, arsons, narcotics violations, explosive threats, disorderly persons, etc. The Patrol Bureau also handles vehicle related events including; accident investigations, motor vehicle complaints, parking complaints, traffic enforcement as well as a myriad of other functions including but not limited to medical emergencies, fire calls, animal complaints, loud parties, emotionally disturbed persons, court security, etc.

The following specialized units are also part of the Operations Division:

Bicycle Patrol – the Bicycle Patrol’s function is to be used for targeted patrol and special events to provide a more mobile and visible police presence.

Motorcycle Unit

Motorcycle Patrol – the Motorcycle Patrol’s function is to fulfill all the duties and responsibilities of a regular patrol officer, as well as specific problems that cannot be handled by a normal patrol vehicle. They are also used during parades and funeral details.

Marine Division

Marine Patrol – the Marine Patrol’s function is to provide a visible presence and enforce laws on waterways, and to respond to emergency situations and pollution protection.

Honor Guard

Honor Guard – the Honor Guard unit performs ceremonial duties at funerals and special events. The unit is staffed by a Sergeant and officers from various divisions of the police department.

The Special Operations Bureau is the liaison for the department with the Ocean County Domestic Violence Unit and the Brick Township Municipal Court. It also coordinates the Field Training Officer Program and assists with Special Event/Projects Planning.

The K-9 Unit is also part of the Operations Division. There are four K-9 Officers, one Sergeant and three Patrolmen. Their function is to provide trained K-9 teams to assist in the prevention and detection of crime, the tracking and searching for wanted/missing persons who are sought by the police, bomb detection and other such duties that may be directed by the Watch Commander.

Sergeant Paul Catalina #229 and K-9 Duke #915

Sergeant Paul Catalina #229 and K-9 Duke #915

Sgt. Catalina #229 and K-9 Duke #915 have been a K-9 team since January 2013. They graduated the Toms River K-9 Academy with a dual certification in patrol and narcotics.

K-9 Duke is a 5 year old black and tan German Shepherd born in and imported from the Netherlands. Sgt. Catalina is an 11 year veteran of the Brick Township Police Department and the supervisor of the K-9 Unit. K-9 Duke and Sgt. Catalina are assigned to the Patrol Division

Sgt. Catalina and K-9 Duke have been involved in numerous operations for the Brick Township Police Department’s Patrol Division, Selective Enforcement Team, Special Emergency Response Team, Drug Enforcement Unit as well as the Ocean County Prosecutors Office, F.B.I. Joint Task Force and surrounding towns. K-9 Duke has successfully tracked and located suicidal subjects, missing person(s) and subjects who have fled the scene of a crime(s).

K-9 Duke has located numerous narcotics and used drug paraphernalia hidden in vehicles, homes and yards. K-9 Duke and Sgt. Catalina’s presence have kept officers safe while dealing with hostile and aggressive subjects, including a potential deadly force situation against Sgt. Catalina that K-9 Duke is credited with.

K-9 Duke stays in his home with Sgt. Catalina and his family. When off duty, K-9 Duke loves to go for walks, go to the beach, play with his toys and spend time with his family. K-9 Duke will be a member of Sgt. Catalina’s family after his dedicated career in law enforcement.

Patrolman Keith Prendeville #223 and K-9 Max #913
Patrolman Keith Prendeville #223 and K-9 Max #913

Patrolman Prendeville #223 and K9 Max #913 have been a K9 team since December 2010. They graduated the Atlantic County K9 Academy with a dual certification in patrol and narcotics.

K9 Max is a 7 ½ year old German Shepherd born in the Netherlands. Ptl. Prendeville #223 is an 11 ½ veteran of the police department.

Both Ptl. Prendeville #223 and K9 Max #913 have been involved in numerous successful drug searches, tracks, as well as building searches. They have located narcotics placed in hidden compartments inside vehicles, buried in backyards of homes, as well as numerous other locations. They have successfully tracked criminals and kept other patrol officers safe while dealing with dangerous subjects.

Ptl. Prendeville #223 and K9 Max #913 have assisted other local departments over the past 6 ½ years, including the Drug Enforcement Agency, United States Postal Service, and New Jersey State Police, and the Ocean County Prosecutors Office.

When K9 Max #913 is not helping to keep Brick Township safe, he resides with Ptl. Prendeville #223 and his family at his residence. He has become a member of Ptl. Prendeville’s #223 family and will remain so even after his law enforcement career is over.

Patrolman Daniel Fogarty #211 and K-9 Rigby #914
Patrolman Daniel Fogarty #211 and K-9 Rigby #914

K9 Rigby is a 6-year-old German Shepherd who is certified in Patrol and Narcotics Detection. He was assigned to Officer Daniel Fogarty in January 2012. They became a K9 team for the Brick Township Police Department on May 11th 2012 after graduating the Atlantic County John “Sonny” Burke K9 Academy. Since that time K9 Rigby has had two apprehensions, several successful tracks and many narcotic finds. Off duty Rigby enjoys running around the backyard playing ball and chasing rabbits. He is a lovable member of the family and great partner.

Patrolman John Turrin #199 and K-9 Vader #916
Patrolman John Turrin #199 and K-9 Vader #916

Ptl. Turrin #199 and K-9 Vader #916 have been a K-9 team since March 2016. They graduated from the New Jersey State Police Canine Academy for explosives detection.

K-9 Vader is a 2 year old black Labrador Retriever who was born in the United States. Ptl. Turrin is a 15 year veteran of the Police Department. K-9 Vader has just started his career but has already been activated several times under the Detect and Render Safe Task Force. K-9 Vader has trained in and performed explosive sweeps in numerous stadiums and large scale events. K-9 Vader will soon become a tracking K-9 upon completion of his tracking school.

The Selective Enforcement Team (SET) is comprised of one Sergeant and three Patrol Officers.

The primary responsibility of SET is to address specific street-level and quality of life issues. Those issues include but are not limited to; Gang Activity, Criminal Acts, Traffic Hazards, Crowd Control and other activities determined appropriate by the Chief of Police.

The Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) is comprised of specially trained personnel to provide tactical response to hostage situations, barricaded persons, sniper and terrorism incidents, crowd control during major disturbances or riots and work to resolve tense and often volatile standoffs without loss of life.