Major Crime Unit

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The Major Crime Unit consists of the Arson Unit, Vehicular Homicide Unit, Environmental Crime Unit and Homicide Unit.

Arson Unit

The Arson Unit is currently staffed by three full time Detectives whose responsibilities are to investigate suspicious fires, arsons, bomb threats and post blasts that occur in Ocean County.

Arson investigations start with the processing of a fire scene to determine the cause and origin of the fire. This unit is assisted throughout an investigation by the Ocean County Arson Task Force, which is comprised of the Ocean County Fire Marshall’s Office, local police and fire departments, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigation Unit and other county agencies.

The Arson Unit members conduct many lectures throughout the year for professional and community groups.

To submit a request for a lecture please click here.

Vehicular Homicide Unit

The Vehicular Homicide Unit investigates incidents involving motor vehicle collisions and marine vessel collisions.

This Unit utilizes a task force concept made up of approximately forty highly trained Traffic Officers from various municipalities throughout Ocean County.

The Vehicular Homicide Unit coordinates the annual Ocean County DWI checkpoint initiative. This initiative is funded through a grant from the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

Additionally the unit oversees the Drug Recognition call out program. This program consists of 26 drug recognition experts across the county who are on call 24 hours a day.

The Vehicular Homicide Unit members conduct many lectures throughout the year for professional and community groups.

To submit a request for a lecture please click here.

Homicide Unit

The Homicide Unit investigates and reviews some of the most serious incidents that affect the lives, health and welfare of the public.

In conjunction with local police departments and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, the Homicide Unit investigates all murders, suicides, suspicious or accidental deaths and assaults where the victim sustains life-threatening injuries.

This Unit also investigates missing persons where foul play is suspected. Additionally the Homicide Unit reviews and investigates “cold case” or unresolved homicides.

The cold case investigators are tasked with reviewing all cold case homicides and submitting items of evidence for analysis using state of the art forensic technology. The technology can be utilized to examine DNA, fingerprints and other trace evidence relevant to the investigation.

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