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 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 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 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 – 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 K-9 Unit is also part of the Operations Division. There are five K-9 Officers, one Sergeant 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
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 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 9-year old German shepherd born in the Netherlands. Ptl. Prendeville is a 13-year veteran of the police department.
Both Ptl. Prendeville and K9 Max have been involved in numerous successful drug searches, tracks, and building searches. They have located narcotics placed in hidden compartments inside vehicles and 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 and K9 Max have assisted other local departments over the past 8 years, including the Drug Enforcement Agency, United States Postal Service, New Jersey State Police, and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.
When K9 Max is not helping to keep Brick Township safe, he lives with Ptl. Prendeville and his family. He has become a member of Ptl. Prendeville’s family and will remain so after his law enforcement career is over.
Patrolman Daniel Fogarty #211 and K-9 Rigby #914
K9 Rigby is a sable German shepherd who was born November 2010 in the Czech Republic. He is certified in Patrol and Narcotics Detection. Rigby 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 numerous narcotic finds. In addition to their work in Brick Township, they have assisted our surrounding communities while working with the Ocean County Prosecutors Office Special Operations Group and Federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
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
K-9 Vader is a 4-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.
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.
K-9 Echo is a 1 ½-year old black and tan German shepherd born in and imported from the Netherlands. Ptl. Smith is a 12-year veteran of the department and both he and K9 Echo are assigned to the Patrol Division.
While K9 Echo is new to the unit, he will have an exciting and demanding career in front of him as he helps officers locate narcotics and drug paraphernalia that criminals attempt to conceal. He will also help protect officers from violent criminals in dangerous situations, and will be used to help track and locate missing family members.
K-9 Echo lives in his home with Ptl. Smith and his family. When off duty, K-9 Echo loves to go for walks around his neighborhood, go to local parks and beaches in Brick, play with his toys and spend time with his family. K-9 Echo will live with Ptl. Smith and their family after he retired from serving the Township of Brick.
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.