The Investigative Division’s primary goal is to improve the quality of life for residents, businesses, and visitors to the township by conducting thorough follow-up investigations aimed at the detection, arrest, and conviction of offenders for both crimes against persons and property. In furtherance of this goal, the division is broken down into three functional investigative units; Detective Bureau, Juvenile Bureau, and Property and Evidence Unit.
The Investigative Division consists of a Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant, five general Detectives, two Evidence Custodians, and two Juvenile Detectives. The section also has a Detective assigned as a School Resource Officer (SRO) to the East Brunswick Township Public Schools. The SRO also serves a dual function as one of the Juvenile Detectives.
The East Brunswick Police Department also established a Community Response Unit (CRU) within the Investigative Division. The CRU will consist of 2 (two) Patrolmen, supervised by a Sergeant who reports directly to the Assistant Investigative Division Commander. The purpose of CRU is to address community concerns and quality of life issues, particularly areas of criminal activity that are prevalent at the time. These activities include, but are not limited to, residential and commercial burglaries, motor vehicle thefts, motor vehicle break-ins, narcotics investigations, surveillance, and any/all other issues that require additional attention. Duties will also include assisting with criminal investigations, including background investigations, as well as assisting the Community Policing Unit with planned events.
The success of the Investigative Division is dependent upon the acceptance that the total is greater than the sum of its parts. This cooperative spirit enhances the capability of all members of the division while recognizing that the differences inherent in modern police work fortify, rather than detract from, the department’s overall mission.
INVESTIGATIVE DIVISION CAPTAIN: DREW WALSH
Captain Drew Walsh was hired as a Patrolman in July of 1998 upon graduating from the Gloucester County Police Academy. In 2011, Captain Walsh was transferred to the Project 18 Community Policing Unit in the Administration Division. He served in the Community Policing Unit until his promotion to Sergeant in May of 2013. Captain Walsh served as a Sergeant in the Patrol Division until his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant in September of 2017. Captain Walsh served as a Lieutenant in the Patrol Division until his promotion to the rank of Captain.
Captain Walsh was twice elected State Delegate for East Brunswick Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local #145 and elected twice as the State Delegate for East Brunswick Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #98. He currently serves as the liaison between the East Brunswick Policemen’s Benevolent Association Superior Officer Association Local #145A and the New Jersey State PBA. Captain Walsh has also served as a Field Training Officer. Captain Walsh has received several Letters of Commendation.