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Sheriff's Office

Judicial Services

Capt. Woardell
Division Commander
Captain Robert Woardell

The Judicial Services Division is the Sheriff’s largest officer staffed division.

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 25 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.

Restricted items:
  • All food and beverages
  • All illegal drugs
  • All 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 Trial 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 of 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.

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 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 Judicial Services Division, is responsible for the security of offenders reporting to probation or other supervision sites in Ocean County.

The Writ Section is part of the Judicial Services Division and 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 exceptions may apply.

Professional Standards Unit

The Professional Standards Unit consists of a Captain and a Sergeant who carry out the mission of the agency’s Internal Affairs Unit duties. It is the policy of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office to accept and investigate all complaints of agency or employee’s alleged misconduct from any citizen, agency employee, or any other source, including anonymous sources.

 2023 Major Discipline Report
 2022 Annual Internal Affairs Summary
 2020 Annual Internal Affairs Summary
 2019 OCSD Professional Standards Summary Report
2018 OCSO Professional Standards Summary Report

Internal Affairs

The purpose of the Internal Affairs Unit is to establish a mechanism for the receipt, investigation and resolution of complaints of officer misconduct. The goal of Internal Affairs is to insure that the integrity of the organization is maintained through a system of internal discipline where fairness and justice are assured by an objective and impartial investigation and review. In addition, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office will accept and appreciates commendations from the public when exceptional service has been provided by Sheriff’s Officers and staff members.

The Ocean County Sheriff’s Office’s Internal Affairs Unit acts in accordance with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Guidelines regarding Internal Affairs Policy and Procedures. The Internal Affairs Unit will conduct investigations of allegations of misconduct by members of the department and review the adjudication of minor complaints handled by supervisors. In addition, the Internal Affairs Unit will be responsible for the coordination of administrative investigations involving the non-training discharge of firearms by department personnel, use of force, department vehicular pursuit and accident incidents.

The Internal Affairs Unit has an obligation to investigate or review any allegation of employee misconduct that is a potential violation of the agency’s rules and regulations or which indicates that the employee is unable, unwilling or unfit to perform his or her duties. The obligation to investigate includes not only acts of misconduct that are alleged to have occurred while the subject officer/employee was on-duty, but also acts of misconduct that are alleged to have occurred outside the employing agency’s jurisdiction or while the subject officer/employee was off-duty.

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