The Special Operations Division is comprised of a captain, 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 Division 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 Division 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 Division is also home of the East Brunswick Police Motorcycle Unit. This unit is compromised of theSergeant 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.
Special Operations Commander: Captain Christopher Soke
Captain Christopher Soke is a 25 year veteran of the East Brunswick Police Department. Respectably, he is a second generation East Brunswick Police Officer. His father John Soke, is a retired Deputy Chief who served the community for many years. Captain Soke is currently serving as the Commander of the Special Operations Section.
Upon graduation of from the Middlesex County Police Academy in 1991, he was assigned to the Patrol Division. Along with his patrol service, Captain Soke was also assigned to the Department’s Investigative Division as a Narcotics Detective who served in the Anti-Crime Unit. Furthermore he was also a member of the East Brunswick Police S.W.A.T. Team for approximately ten years. Captain Soke was later assigned to the Special Operations Section where he served as an Accident Reconstructionist for approximately nine years. In June of 2011, Captain Soke was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he assumed the duties as the Assistant Section Commander of the Special Operations Section. In February of 2015, Captain Soke was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant where he assumed the duties as the Section Commander of the Special Operations Section. In July of 2016, he was promoted to the rank of Captain where he was assigned as the Division Commander of the Special Operations Division. During his tenure within the Special Operations Division, Captain Soke supervised and served as a member of the East Brunswick Police Department’s Motorcycle Unit.
Captain Soke has graduated from the Penn State University’s Leadership and Command School as well as the FBI’s Leadership and Supervision School. Captain Soke attended both Caldwell and Capella Universities where he studied Business Management and Finance. During his career he has also obtained numerous awards and commendations to include, Letters of Commendation and the Distinguished Service Award.