Department of Corrections
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.
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:
How to file a Complaint:
To initiate a complaint, you may contact the Investigations Bureau at (732) 929-4702, during the hours of Monday thru Friday 7AM to 4PM.
You may also download a
Complaint Form from this website. If you choose to download 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.
Forms may be dropped off in person, or mailed to:
Ocean County Department of Corrections
114 Hooper Ave
Toms River, NJ 08754
History of the Investigations Bureau
All Investigations were handled by Warden Hutler (who was formerly a Police Officer) and Deputy Warden Hedin (who was an Investigator in the Sheriff's Department) from the Department's inception until the late 1980's when civilian Investigator Bruce Cottrell (retired Detective Lieutenant on the Jackson Township Police Department) was hired to do background and employee disciplinary investigations.
On September 6, 1990, Sergeant Mike Franzoso was assigned to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office as the Department's first sworn Investigator. Sgt. Franzoso (retired Captain) worked for the Prosecutor's Narcotics Strike Force until March 22, 1994 when he returned to the Department. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and was placed in charge of the Department's newly formed Internal Affairs Unit as its first Commander.
Over the years the Unit expanded into an Investigations Bureau and is manned solely with Corrections Officers who have been trained as Investigators and have performed at least one year on detached assignment with various Units of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.
The Bureau's first Commander to be designated a Detective was Detective Lieutenant Joe Valenti (who served three years with the Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit). Detective Lieutenant Valenti is the current Chief of the Investigations Bureau.
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Last modified: 02/08/13