Judicial and Field Services
Captain Matthew Armstrong
120 Hooper Avenue
Toms River, N.J. 08754
Phone - 732-929-2050
The Judicial Services Division is the Sheriff’s largest officer staffed division, containing both the Court Security Unit and the Field Services Unit. These Units command over 90 sworn officers and civilians.
Under the direction of the Sheriff, the Court Security Unit is mandated by the New Jersey Constitution to provide security for the Superior Court, to ensure a safe and secure environment for judges, judicial staff, jurors, attorneys, witnesses, litigants and other individuals who enter the Justice Complex for court matters or employment.
The Justice Complex consists of several buildings which house the 22 Ocean County Superior Court Judges, several Courtrooms and Judicial offices in support of Court processes.
There are also several Ocean County Offices in support of the County Clerk and Surrogate located within the Justice Complex.
Ocean County Justice Complex
Visiting the Superior Courthouse
Officer manned screening stations are located at the entry way of each secure building to detect and deter restricted items from entering the buildings. All individuals are required to pass through the screening station prior to entry.
- All food and beverages
- All illegal drugs
- All illegal weapons
- Certain legal items that can be conceived as a weapon; for example: pocket knives, scissors, glass bottles, manicure items, trade tools, pointed and blunt objects, mace and/or pepper sprays.
- Any object deemed to be a potential threat.
- Audio and video recording devices are restricted for entry by the general public and only granted access to official media personnel after the file and process of an application from the Court Administration.
To prevent undue delay leave restricted items; described above; at home. Persons carrying restricted items will be turned away and/or asked to secure legal restricted items in their vehicle. Items that are forgotten or unintentionally left at screening areas are not the responsibility of the Sheriff’s Office.
Allow yourself enough time to complete the screening process and get to your assigned location.
IMPORTANT! Be certain to bring all necessary paperwork indicating the location for where you need to attend attend.
Several Sheriff’s Officers are trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and respond and give care to persons in need on a daily basis. The EMT’s are equipped with bicycles to decrease response time to potential medical emergency and disturbance calls.
Sheriff’s Officers are assigned and present in the courtrooms. Officers escort inmates of the Ocean County Jail to and from their court for scheduled hearings. Each year approximately 7300 inmates are transported from the county jail and approximately 400 arrests are made on site. These numbers will increase as the size of the county increases.
The Probation Section, under the direction of the Court Security Unit, is responsible for the security of offenders reporting to probation or other supervision sites in Ocean County.
The Writ Section, under and within the Court Security Unit, is responsible for the transfer of inmates from the Ocean County Jail to various locations under court order. The Writ Officers transport to and from local, county, state and federal court penal facilities to facilitate court ordered transports on a daily basis.
Safety and Security at the Ocean County Justice Complex is the primary goal of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office. All individuals entering the Justice Complex are asked to cooperate with the Sheriff’s Officers in order for them to perform their duties in a proficient and effective manner.
Food and beverages are not permitted in the buildings. Special restrictions may apply.
Field Services Unit
Phone – 732-929-2050
Fax – 732-349-1888
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The Field Services Unit is comprised of the warrant section and the identification section. These two sections complement each other and combine to provide critical services essential to the safety and well being of the citizens of Ocean County. There are 25 sworn officers and 10 civilian clerical workers assigned to the unit.
The Warrants section is comprised of 15 Detectives assisted by 6 Police Records Clerks, responsible for executing all arrest warrants emanating from the Ocean County Superior Court and other County Superior Courts throughout the state. These warrants include:
- Failure to Appear
- Fresh Complaint
- Fugitive From Justice
- Warrant upon Indictment
- Municipal Complaints (Indictable)
- Military Deserter
- Violations of Probation
- Failure to comply with Drug Court
- Probation Enforcement
- Violations of Intensive Supervision
- Parental Non- Support
- Failure to Appear for Domestic Violence Hearing
- Violation of Restraining Order
- Failure to Comply with Domestic Violence Order
- Return to Court
- Return to Detention
- Return to Shelter
- Juvenile Intensive Supervision Program
- Failure to Appear for Jury Duty
- Failure to Appear for Grand Jury
- Division of Youth and Family Services Issued Warrants
- Family Court/Matrimonial
- All types of Out of County Warrants
- Criminal Out of State Warrants
- Summons accompanied by Municipal Complaint
The Warrant section receives over 7,000 warrants per year and maintains over a 90% discharge rate. In 2013 the unit received 7,694 new warrants and discharged 7,991 warrants with over 1,000 arrests closing more warrants than received that year. These Detectives and Police Clerks utilize state of the art investigation techniques along with field work to ensure compliance with all court orders and directives.
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