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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.


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.

You may also download a Citizen 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.

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.



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 Captain Joe Valenti (who served three years with the Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit). Captain Valenti is the current Chief of the Investigations Bureau.

Copyright 2005 Ocean County Department of Corrections
Last modified: 01/28/14