The Special Services Unit is led by Sgt. Mark Higginbottom, and is under the command of Patrol Lieutenant Robert Shepherd. The Unit has several different tasks to include school resource officers, training of the entire police department, court security, community outreach, all community events, maintain the police fleet, maintain and monitor the Juvenile Station House Adjustment Program along with various other responsibilities.
During 2016 the Special Services Unit completed (8) briefing training sessions, (13) community events, (3) directed patrol details at the request of citizens in that area. The training officer for the Department is Cpl. James D’Alonzo. He is charged with making sure officers of the Department are up to date with our training. This includes semi-annual firearms qualifications and policy reviews with officers on the subject of use of force, vehicular pursuits and domestic violence. Cpl. D’Alonzo also reviews safe tactics for officers to use during the many different situations officers may face during the performance of their job.
The Special Services Unit leads many of the community relations initiatives such as our Neighborhood Watch Program, Informational Booths at Community Events, and the “Cops and Coffee Program”. Our current Neighborhood Watch Programs are Friends of Davis and Teal (Rio Grande), Friends of 13 Curves (CMCH/Green Creek), Stone Harbor Manor Homeowners, Shannon Oaks Neighborhood Watch (Rio Grande), Gatherings at Cape May (Rio Grande) and Antina Lane Lookouts (Swainton). The SSU held 12 Cops and Coffee details where they went to a local coffee shop or business and discussed with citizens any concerns they may have related to illegal activity in the Township.