Department of Corrections Investigations Bureau

The Investigations Bureau is responsible for conducting investigations into allegations of employee misconduct and crimes committed within the facility. The Bureau is also responsible for tracking Security Threat Group members and the coordination of inmate transportation.

Investigations:

To ensure the highest standards of integrity in the Ocean County Department of Corrections, allegations and trends are analyzed by comprehensive investigations.

Internal Affairs Investigations must be considered as important to the community and department as any criminal investigation.

Citizen complaints, whether sustained or not, increase awareness of actual or potential problems.

Citizen complaints are readily accepted and promptly and fully investigated.

Security Threat Group Information:

The purpose of this information provides guidelines to track and monitor threat group membership and to provide information on inmates who are confirmed or suspected members of a security threat group. This information allows correctional personnel to more effectively control the environment by keeping rival gang members, informants and known terrorists from each other and/or the general population.

How to file a Complaint:

The Investigations Bureau is commanded by Capt. Joseph Valenti. To initiate a complaint, you may contact the Investigations Bureau at (732) 929-4702, during the hours of Monday thru Friday 7AM to 4PM or email Capt. Joseph Valenti  directly.

You may also download the Citizen Complaint Form . If you choose to download and complete the complaint form, please include as much detail as possible, including the date, time and location of the incident, identities of the officer(s) involved if known, and a statement of the circumstances surrounding your complaint. You must also include your name and a telephone number so an investigator may contact you if further information is needed.

You will be asked to provide a statement of your complaint with as much detail concerning the incident and why you believe the officer(s) conduct is inappropriate.

Forms may be dropped off in person, or mailed to:

Ocean County Department of Corrections
Investigations Bureau
114 Hooper Ave
Toms River, NJ 08754


Every complaint is reviewed by the Internal Affairs Commander. If the complaint is of conduct that would violate policy and procedures or laws, an investigation will occur.