The Major Crimes Bureau of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office encompasses the following units: Homicide/Property Crimes Unit, the Cold Case Homicide Squad; the Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident Unit; and the Asbury Park Satellite Office Squad
The Major Crimes Bureau is staffed by Assistant Prosecutors, one of whom who serves as the Director of the Major Crimes Bureau. The Assistant Prosecutors render legal decisions and prosecute criminal cases in Superior Court. Law enforcement personnel investigate the criminal investigations. A Lieutenant oversees the daily operation of the Major Crimes Bureau and is assisted by Detective Sergeants in that capacity. The detectives in this bureau participate in complex investigations and are often engaged in locating and interviewing witnesses; taking formal statements; preparing affidavits in support of search warrants and communication data warrants; preparing and conducting photographic lineups and all aspects of preparing a case for trail trial. Frequently, detectives from this bureau work cooperatively with law enforcement officers from municipal, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
HOMICIDE/PROPERTY CRIMES UNIT
The Homicide Unit is responsible for investigating all homicides and suspicious deaths that occur within the County of Monmouth. This also includes the death of a person while in police custody and police involved shootings. The Unit is also responsible for the investigation of a person missing under circumstances, which appear suspicious. When requested by municipal police departments, the Unit will also assists in Attempted Murder/Aggravated Assault investigations, depending on the severity of injury inflicted and the complexity of the investigation. Additionally, several specifically trained detectives responsible for investigating and determining the origin and cause of arson and arson related crimes within the County of Monmouth. These investigations include fires involving fatalities or seriously injured individuals; suspicious fires, fires which are repeated at the same location or where a series of fires indicates a pattern of arson activity, rapidly spreading fires, large scale fires, explosions, as well as investigations into bomb threats and swatting hoaxes. The Arson Unit works closely with the Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office, New Jersey State Police Arson & Bomb Unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Also, detectives are responsible for assisting local police departments in high end robberies/burglaries within the County of Monmouth. In this capacity, detectives also assist municipal, state and federal law enforcement agencies with the investigation of bank robberies, which occur in Monmouth County.
COLD CASE HOMICIDE UNIT
The Cold Case Homicide Unit is responsible for the investigation of all cold case homicides within the County of Monmouth. Detectives in the Major Crimes Bureau will periodically be assigned to review and/or investigate unsolved homicides.
FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT UNIT
The Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident Unit is responsible for investigating fatal and serious bodily injury motor vehicle accidents, which involve criminal recklessness within the County of Monmouth. The Fatal Accident Unit works closely with the Monmouth County Serious Collision Analysis Response Team (S.C.A.R.T.). The S.C.A.R.T. is a team of highly trained collision reconstruction specialists drawn from local police departments throughout Monmouth County.
ASBURY PARK SATELLITE OFFICE SQUAD
The Asbury Park Satellite Office Squad detectives work out of the Prosecutor’s Office’s Asbury Park Satellite Office and focus their daily efforts on Major Crimes cases which occur in the City of Asbury Park and Neptune Township.
Child Abduction Response Team (CART)
Monmouth County Emergency Response Team (MOCERT)
Serious Collision Analysis Response Team (SCART)