Operations

OPERATIONS DIVISION

The Operations Division is the largest division and the core of the Brick Township Police Department. The division is staffed with one Captain and two Lieutenants and is comprised of an “A” side and “B” side schedule and five shifts.

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 five shifts. There are two Lieutenants and 18 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 department’s 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, arson, 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 five K-9 Officers, one Lieutenant and four 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

Lieutenant 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 7-year old black and tan German shepherd born in and imported from the Netherlands. Sgt. Catalina is a 12-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 persons and suspects who have fled crime scenes.

K-9 Duke has located narcotics and drug paraphernalia hidden in vehicles, homes and yards. K-9 Duke’s 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 John Turrin #199 and K-9 Vader #916
Patrolman John Turrin #199 and K-9 Vader #916

K-9 Vader is a 8-year old black Labrador retriever who was born in New York State.  Vader was assigned to Patrolman John Turrin #199 in March, 2016.  Ptl. Turrin is a 17-year veteran of the Police Department.  Ptl. Turrin and K-9 Vader were certified by the New Jersey State Police in June, 2016 in explosives scent detection.  K-9 Vader has been activated several times under the Detect and Render Safe Task Force. K-9 Vader has trained in and performed explosives sweeps in numerous stadiums and large scale events.  K-9 Vader was certified in explosives detection by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in June, 2018. K-9 Vader was certified in human tracking by Sgt. James Reilly, Toms River Police Department in January, 2019.

K-9 Vader has been re-certified by the following:

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Regional Explosives Detection Dog Initiative (REDDI) in April, 2021;
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, June, 2022;
  • New Jersey State Police, monthly re-certifications.

When off duty, K-9 Vader is a loving member of the family.  He likes to play ball with the younger members of the family, or just lay in the sun and sleep.

Patrolman Scott Smith #231 and K-9 Echo

Ptl. Smith #231 and K-9 Echo #917 have been a K-9 team since August 2018. They graduated the Toms River K-9 Academy with a dual certification in patrol and narcotics detection.

K-9 Echo is a black and tan German Shepherd imported from the Netherlands. Ptl. Smith is a 16-year veteran of the department and both he and K9 Echo are assigned to the Patrol Division.

K9 Echo has been an instrumental part of narcotic and criminal investigations for not only the township, but has also assisted neighboring jurisdictions, the Ocean County Prosecutors Office, the FBI and the DEA. K9 Echo and Ptl. Smith have assisted in removing large quantities of narcotics and firearms from the streets through their work with the BTPD Street Crime Unit, and have successfully tracked missing children and seniors, emotionally disturbed persons, and suspected criminals.

K-9 Echo lives in his home with Ptl. Smith and his family. When off duty, K-9 Echo loves to train, go for walks around his neighborhood, go to local parks and beaches in Brick, and spend time with his family. K-9 Echo will live with Ptl. Smith and their family after he retires from serving the Township of Brick.

K-9 Rebel

Partrolman Raymond LaPoint and K-9 Rebel

Ptl. LaPoint #222 and K-9 Rebel #918 have been a K-9 team since January 2020. They graduated from the Toms River K-9 Academy with a dual certification patrol and narcotics detection.

K-9 Rebel is a 3 year old German Shepherd imported from Hungary. Ptl. LaPoint is a 17-year veteran of the department and both he and K-9 Rebel are assigned to the Patrol Division.

Ptl. LaPoint and K-9 Rebel have been involved in numerous operations for the Brick Township Police Department’s Patrol Division, Street Crimes Unit, Special Emergency Response Unit as well as the Ocean County Narcotics Strike Force and surrounding towns.

K-9 Rebel has located narcotics and related paraphernalia in vehicles, yards and homes. He has also successfully tracked and located missing persons and suspects who have fled crime scenes.
On numerous occasions when dealing with hostile and aggressive subjects, K-9 Rebel’s presence alone has led to a deescalation of the situation with the subject being placed in custody with little or no use of force by officers.

K-9 Rebel lives at home with Ptl. LaPoint and his family. When off duty, K-9 Rebel loves to go for walks, play with his Kong toy and swim in the pool during the summer months.

echo

Ptl. Glen Pacyna #287 and K-9 Diesel #919

They have been a K-9 team since May 2022. They graduated the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Academy with a certification in patrol.
K-9 Diesel is a 2-year old black and tan German Shepherd imported from Hungary. Ptl. Pacyna is a 6-year veteran of the Brick Township Police Department.

K-9 Diesel and Ptl. Pacyna are assigned to the Patrol Division.

K-9 Diesel has successfully tracked and located missing persons and his presence has kept officers safe while dealing with hostile and aggressive subjects.

K-9 Diesel stays in his home with Ptl. Pacyna and his family. When off duty, K-9 Diesel loves to go for walks, play fetch with his Kong and spend time with his family. K-9 Diesel will be a member of Ptl. Pacyna’s family after his dedicated career in law enforcement.

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.