Departments & Services

Police - Administration/Operations

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Deputy Chief Michael Voorhees
Executive Officer

The Deputy Chief is the chief’s executive officer and assists in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the police department. Additionally, the Deputy Chief is responsible for the internal affairs function, policy development, training and professional standards. Other duties include reviewing all firearms applications, administering grants, Open Public Records Act (OPRA) compliance, bulletproof vest grants, expungement compliance. The Deputy Chief is also the police department’s liaison to Human Resources.

Captain Scott Ward
Operations Officer

The police captain is the department’s Operations Officer and oversees the division commanders. The captain’s duties also include background reviews for applicants seeking solicitor licenses and township employment, firearm application reviews, expungement reviews, Open Public Records Act (OPRA), and grant applications. The Captain is also responsible for administering the agencies compliance with agency’s Accreditation status. Accreditation is a method of helping law enforcement agencies calculate and improve their overall performances. The foundation of Accreditation lies in the adoption of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives. Participating agencies conduct a thorough self-analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these objectives. When the procedures are in place, a team of trained assessors verifies that applicable standards have been successfully implemented.

Accreditation status represents a significant professional achievement. Accreditation acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective. The Bernards Township Police Department has been Accredited since 2007.