Ocean Township Police Department (Monmouth County)

Chief Michael Sorrentino
Address 399 Monmouth Road
Oakhurst NJ 07755
Phone 732-531-1800
Website http://www.oceantwp.org/police



On December 21, 1928 the Township Committee passed on final reading Ordinance #115 to “Establish a Police Department.” On May 17, 1929 the original Ordinance #115 was amended by Ordinance #119 to provide for the “regulation, control and management of a Police Force.”

Frank Eisele was appointed the first Police Chief of Township of Ocean in 1929. The department continued to grow under the leadership of the Chiefs to follow:

Chief of Police Frank Eisele 1929-1956
Chief of Police Richard J. Garrity 1956-1961
Chief of Police Harry Harvey 1961-1972
Chief of Police Neil A. Tantum 1972-1988
Chief of Police Joseph R. Torchia 1988 – 1991
Chief of Police William E. Koch 1991 – 2000
Chief of Police Robert E. Swannack 2000 – 2005
Chief of Police Antonio V. Amodio Jr. 2005 – 2012
Chief of Police Steven R. Peters 2012 -2022
Chief of Police Michael Sorrentino 2022-

The Township of Ocean Police Department today has many divisions of operation and specialty units such as: Patrol, Criminal Investigative, Traffic, Communications, Records Bureau, Technical Services, Honor Guard, Monmouth County Emergency Response Team (MOCERT), Emergency Medical Technician Unit and Police Explorer Post. The Police department has 62 sworn members consisting of a Chief of Police, 2-Captains, 4-Lieutenants, 11-Sergeants, 6-Detectives and 36-Patrol Officers. There are also 7-non-sworn personnel, 1-Special Officer Law Enforcement Officers II, 8-Full Time Dispatchers, 2-Part-time Dispatchers and 5-School Crossing Guards




Our mission is to ensure the safety and protection of both property and persons of all the inhabitants of our community. To reduce the impact of crime on the inhabitants and the adjudication of persons involved in criminal acts. To regulate and control the flow of traffic in order to facilitate the movement of persons and goods within the Township of Ocean.




Ocean Township is a township situated on the Jersey Shore in east central Monmouth County, within the U.S. state of New Jersey. The township is a bedroom suburb of New York City.[19] Ocean Township has no central downtown and consists of three main unincorporated communities: Oakhurst, Wanamassa, and Wayside. The township is divided into two ZIP codes, 07755 (Oakhurst) and 07712 (Wanamassa and Wayside).

As of the 2020 United States census, the township's population was 27,672, its highest decennial count ever and an increase of 381 (+1.4%) from the 27,291 recorded at the 2010 census, which in turn had reflected an increase of 332 (+1.2%) from the 26,959 counted at the 2000 census.

The township was created by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1849, from portions of Shrewsbury Township, at which time the newly formed township stretched from the Shrewsbury River to the southern tip of Avon-by-the-Sea. Portions of the township have been taken to form Long Branch (April 11, 1867), Eatontown (April 4, 1873), Asbury Park (March 26, 1874), Neptune Township (February 26, 1879), Sea Bright (March 21, 1889), Allenhurst (April 26, 1897), Deal (March 7, 1898), Monmouth Beach (March 9, 1906), Interlaken (March 11, 1922), and Loch Arbour (April 23, 1957). The township derives its name from its original seaside location.





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