Ocean County Press Release
Warrants Squad Named Sheriff's Agency of the Year
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Sheriff's Office Warrant Squad was recently recognized by the New Jersey Child Support Council for its outstanding work in collecting more than $940,000 from warrants served in 2013.
As a result of its efforts, the Warrant Squad, which is part of the Sheriff's Office Field Services Unit received the 2013 Sheriff's Agency of the Year award.
"I am very proud of the men and women that make up this squad," said Ocean County Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy. "This is not an easy task but their unwavering dedication makes them the best in the State."
The results of an audit conducted in late 2013 by the Child Support Council regarding performance and compliance were considered outstanding with respect to the rest of the state.
"The officers and the support staff of this unit do an excellent job," said Freeholder John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety. "The money collected from the execution of these warrants is used to feed and house children. Failing to pay child support is a true failure for our future."
"The Warrant Squad was reviewed for nine performance standards and upon the completion of the review received a total score of 276 points out of a possible 300, which gave us a 92 percent compliance rate for the entire state review," Mastronardy said. "Furthermore the squad scored 100 percent compliance in three out of those nine performance measures."
The Warrant Squad executed 93 percent or 3,989 of the 4,286 warrants received in 2013 for child support. The warrants unit is under the direction of Capt. Matthew Armstrong.
"I am very pleased and very proud to be able to see such a dedicated and hard working group of Officers and support staff be recognized for doing what they see as simply their jobs," Armstrong said. "I am truly grateful and honored to have been given the opportunity to be a part of this Unit and Division. Their efforts and results reflect a great credit upon themselves and the Ocean County Sheriff's office."
As a result of the squad's work, the Ocean County Sheriff's Office ranked in the top five in the state for total amount of child support collections received collecting $941,211.80.
"We ranked in the top five in the state for the total amount of warrants received and first in the state for the total amount of warrants served," Sheriff Mastronardy said.
"The Ocean County Sheriff's Department is vigilant about collecting child support from parents that are in arrears," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari.
"Receiving this recognition also helps raise awareness that not paying child support is a serious issue and it's not taken lightly in Ocean County."