The Special Operations Section is comprised of a Lieutenant, a Sergeant, five patrolmen and an executive secretary. The Section also has under its command two additional civilian employees in charge of Traffic Maintenance as well as two part-time Special Police Officers who assist with the township's impound yard and the retrieval of abandoned vehicles.
The Special Operations Section is accountable for a multitude of duties, requiring its officers to be diversified in many ways. Four of the Patrolmen, as well as the Sergeant are certified in traffic crash reconstruction. This specialization is required because the Section is responsible for the investigation of all serious and fatal motor vehicle crash investigations that occur within the Township. Officers are often called upon to answer a variety of complaints ranging from speeding problems and hazardous school bus routes to view obstructions and traffic site plan reviews. The primary goal of the Section is to make travel safer within the
Township through motor vehicle enforcement and education. Officers frequently target problem areas utilizing state of the art radar and laser technologies to enforce the posted speed limits. This "zero tolerance" approach has proven to be an effective measure in the reduction of crashes investigated by the Department.
The Special Operations Section is also home of the East Brunswick Police Motorcycle Unit. This unit is compromised of a Sergeant and two Patrolmen from within the Section. The officers operate Harley Davidson Motorcycles while performing their regular duties as well as for special events and escorts for funerals and visiting dignitaries.
Operations Division Commander: 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.
Special Operations Section Commander: Lieutenant Thomas Kienle
Lieutenant Tom Kienle graduated from Saint Joseph’s High School in Metuchen in 1996. He went on to graduate from Rutgers University in 2001 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice. He also graduated from Seton Hall University’s College of Education in 2012 earning a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Training and Development.
In May of 2000, Lieutenant Kienle began his law enforcement career as a Class II Special Police Officer with the East Brunswick Police Department. In July of 2000, he was hired and began serving as a Patrolman with the Rutgers University Police Department. In December of 2002, he was hired and began serving as a Patrolman with the East Brunswick Police
Department. During his years in patrol, his proactive approach was recognized and he was transferred to the Special Operations Division in January of 2008. While serving in the Special Operations Division, Lieutenant Kienle was responsible for many traffic related functions and received advanced training in accident investigation & reconstruction. In May of 2014, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was reassigned to the Patrol Division to serve as a Road Supervisor. Since that time, he has completed numerous supervisory courses including a Penn State
University course for Leadership and Command.
During his career, Lieutenant Kienle has been the recipient of several Unit Citations, a Letter of Commendation, and a Life-Saving Award.