Community Policing

COMMUNITY POLICING DIVISION

The Community Policing Division is staffed with a Captain, Administrative Assistant, 2 Sergeants and 6 Officers. The division is comprised of seven separate units and bureaus.

Capt J. ForresterBorn and raised in Brick

Graduated from Christian Brother Academy in 1997

Enlisted in the New Jersey Air National Guard and served Honorably for 6 years.

He was hired in 2002

As a patrolman he worked all three patrol shifts.

In 2006 Joseph was nominated for Patrolman of the Year. 

In 2007 he was promoted to Sgt. and was assigned to Operations where he supervised squads on all three patrol shifts.

In 2009 he was assigned to supervise the Selective Enforcement Team (SET)

In 2011 he was assigned to supervise the Drug Enforcement Unit

In 2015 he was promoted to Lt. and assigned back to Operations Division where he led as a Patrol Shift Commander

In 2018 he was transferred to the Community Policing Division where he managed the Traffic Safety Unit, our Emergency Medical Services personnel and our Community Policing Officers.

He was later assigned to the Administrative Services Division to help design and manage our newly formed Body Worn Camera Program.  

He has received numerous awards throughout his career including awards for meritorious service, honorable service, the grand cordon, a lifesaving award and multiple chief certificates.

He is a graduate from The College of NJ with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.

The Traffic Safety Bureau is staffed by one Sergeant and three Traffic Safety Officers. These officers are tasked with investigating all fatal and serious injury accidents that occur in the Township of Brick as well as being part of the Ocean County Fatal Accident Support Team (F.A.S.T).

EMS

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Bureau is staffed by a Director of EMS, Deputy Director of EMS, and two civilian Supervisors, twenty-four full time and twenty-seven part time Medical Technicians that provide emergency medical services that include: Basic Life Support, Transport, Technical Rescue, Water Rescue, Extraction and Rescue services to the visitors and residents of the Township of Brick and surrounding communities that require their services. In addition they serve as a participating agency of the New Jersey EMS Task Force.

Mission Statement

The Brick Township Police Emergency Medical Services is committed to providing the highest quality of pre-hospital care to the community we serve. This is accomplished by providing exceptional customer care, community outreach, public education, and the best possible patient outcome through the ever-changing nature of healthcare.

Values

Teamwork – We encourage active collaboration to solve problems, avoid conflict, make decisions, and achieve common goals.

Professionalism – We accept the challenge and responsibility to maintain the highest standards of excellence in EMS. We continually strive to determine and meet the needs of the community.

Compassion – We support the individualized caring and comforting offered as healthcare providers.

Clinical Excellence – We strive for the highest standards of care through continued education and training of our personnel.

Child Seat Inspections

The Brick Police EMS has nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPST) available to provide knowledge and education to parents and expecting parents of the proper installation and usage of car seats. For more information check our Facebook page for monthly child seat inspection or contact us at carseats@brickpd.com.

Special Operations Division

The Special Operations Division is made up of members who received specialized training in technical rescue, water rescue, tactical ems, and large scale disaster and event planning. Members train regularly to prepare for a variety of situations and events. In addition they maintain a Mass Care Response Unit (MCRU) and Alternative Support Apparatus (ASAP) in partnership with the NJ EMS Task Force.

Contact Information

Brick Township Police EMS
401 Chambers Bridge Rd
Brick, NJ 08723
732-451-2038

Director of EMS – Michael Botts: 732-451-2038 Option #4

Deputy Director of EMS – Tim Cranmer: 732-451-2038 Option #3

EMS Supervisors – Anthony Botts and Dorothy DePiano: 732-451-2038 Option #5

Car Seat Inspections: 732-451-2038 Option #6

Media Relations is also a part of the Community Policing Division and is the responsibility of the Sergeant who is the Public Information Officer (PIO). It is the function of the PIO to provide more direct access to the department and police related information to inform and educate the public. It exists to provide a chief spokesperson for the department on a consistent basis. The PIO reports directly to the Chief of Police and coordinates responses to media inquiries, provides information about crime incidents, the department, its functions, policies and procedures, programs, services and related events.

Public Information Officer – Sgt. Jim Kelly: (732) 262-1104

Crime Prevention Unit is staffed by three Officers who facilitate the following programs:

  • Neighborhood Watch
  • DARE
  • Not Even Once
  • Youth Prevention Coalition (YCP)
  • Blue Hope
  • Prescription Drug Drop Box
  • Public Safety Cadets
  • Police Camp
  • Special Events

The Special Police Unit consists of one Lieutenant, three Sergeants and twenty-one Special Police Officers. All Special Police Officers are Class I Special Police Officers. These officers perform routine traffic details, spectator control and similar duties. They are also authorized to conduct cell inspections, perform court security and book arrestees, logging the required information into Aegis Law Enforcement Records in the New World System, including fingerprinting and photographing of arrestees.

Anyone interested in applying for a position as a special police officer can fill out an application online at https://townshipofbrick.seamlessdocs.com/f/YDnmdx

Crossing Guard Unit consists of one Supervisor and eighteen Crossing Guards. Their responsibility is to control and/or direct vehicular or pedestrian traffic during those time periods of a school day when it is necessary to control traffic or during any special event or program involving pedestrian crossings whenever it is deemed to be in the best interests of public safety.

Anyone interested in applying for a position as a Crossing Guard can fill out an application at
https://townshipofbrick.seamlessdocs.com/f/YDnmdx

The Brick Twp. Police Department recognizes that starting a Neighborhood Watch is the most effective and least costly answers to crime. Watch groups are a foundation of community crime prevention and can be a stepping stone to community revitalization. Your Neighborhood Watch program will help address immediate crime and motor vehicle problems, focus on home security and build neighborhood cohesion by working together with the Police Department.
The goal of this program is to establish a means of communication between residents and the Police Department. This program is an effective way to educate residents on police organization and structure, policies and procedures and the exchange of information. Through the Neighborhood Watch Program the police department can begin to assess and address any specific needs and concerns of the residents.

For those wishing to join the Neighborhood Watch in their area please click here to register for our neighborhood watch program.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Ptl. Victoria Finelli – Community Policing Officer

Brick Township Police Department
401 Chambers Bridge Road
Brick, NJ 08723
(732)262-1158

DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is staffed by two DARE Officers who are responsible to facilitate and organize the classroom instruction of the DARE program within the Township’s Elementary Schools. The DARE Officer’s main function and objective is to promote a positive police contact, and foster a relationship to build trust between the community, schools and the Police Department.

Project Safe Lock will assist residents who, due to advanced age, mobility, medical concerns, and other housing circumstances may be unable to answer their door in an emergency situation.  Project Safe Lock is free of charge to any eligible resident.

Project Safe Lock utilizes a realtor’s style lock box which could be mounted to a door or railing of a home.  The lock box will be owned by the Brick Twp. Police Department.  A key, supplied by the resident, is locked in the box.  When an emergency exists, responding Brick Twp. Police will retrieve this key by using a code which will be stored in our Dispatch Center.

Project Safe Lock members must meet certain criteria and agree to the Brick Twp. Police terms and conditions. Some of the conditions that will be considered are:

  • Live alone or be home alone on a frequent basis
  • Handicapped or medical/physical conditions that make movement difficult
  • Whether the homeowner will be accessible

Participants must:

  • Provide a key (keys) for an entry door to the home
  • Grant the Brick Twp. Police Department permission to access and use the key in an emergency. A waiver form (see attached) must be completed and notarized which will be included in this application.
  • If you should move, you must notify the Brick Twp. Police Department so that we may retrieve the lock box.

As a safety measure, after the key has been removed, the Brick Twp. Police Department can reset the code.

The Brick Twp. Police Department believes Project Safe Lock will provide a safety mechanism for our community where as in the past our officers would have to search for a hide-a-key which often was not placed in the area specified.  Funding for the initial purchases of the lock boxes was provided for by Artis Senior Living.  All those interested in supporting Project Safe Lock should contact the Brick Twp. Police Community Policing Unit. Those interested in applying for a lock box through this program will be able to access an application form through the Brick Township Police website, or they can respond to the Community Policing Office at the Brick Township Police Station during regular business hours.

Project Safe Lock Application