Union Beach Police Department

Union Beach Police Department The mission of the Union Beach Police Department is to create and preserve an environment of safety. during any given event(s). PD - Est. 1966, Manalapan Twp.

Welcome to the "Oasis of the Bayshore!" Union Beach has one of the most unique and gorgeous ecosystem(s) anywhere. The dedicated professionals of UBPD consist of a force of 51 personnel; 18 sworn police officers, 13 SLEO I & II police officers, 10 police communication officers, 9 traffic/crossing officers, civilian record(s)s secretary - covering 25.60 miles (41.20 km) of roadway within a 2 squar

e mile area... During special town event(s), the populus can swell from approximately 8,000 to 15,000 and more (Discovery America Fireworks, etc.) Our permanent and seasonal notable inhabitants include: The American Bald Eagle(s), Humpback whales, Sharks, Dolphins/Porpoise, Seals, Pelicans, Ducks, Swans, Osprey, (Seahawks), Hawks, Snowy Owls, Egrets, Herons, Seagulls, Horseshoe Crabs, Stripers, Bass, Tautog, Flounder, Clams, Jelly Fish, Turtles, Rabbits, Fox, Deer, Possum, and many, many more. The Union Beach Police Department is one of the oldest police departments in the region (Holmdel Twp. PD - Est. 1970, Marlboro Twp. PD - Est. 1968, Hazlet Twp. PD - Est. 1967, Brick Twp. PD - Est. 1972, DEA - Est. 1973, NJSP - Est. 1921) having been professionally serving and protecting with the utmost integrity since 1925, while upholding the US Constitution through its long and exciting history. Over the years, the UBPD have investigated crime(s) ranging from murder, robbery, burglary, kidnapping, international narcotics trafficking [Multiple Federal Operations], US Currency counterfeiting, sexual assault, riot control, to tracking down wanted fugitives, etc. Today, the UBPD is known as one of the most progressive, professional and engaging police departments - having received 'International Honors' for policing excellence, while at the cutting edge of modern day "community policing", implementing proven methodologies and strategies for the betterment of the residents and visitors alike. Prior to officially forming in 1925 by resolution, UBPD officers were considered Marshals dating back to the 1800's (19th Century). [A Marshal by definition, is an enforcement officer of the court. Policing came to the United States in 1845 via- London, England (London Metropolitan Police - Est. 1829)]

The Class A uniform of the UBPD is based off of several branches of the United States Military. The first UBPD Chief of Police - Frederick V. Schober (1925) [Former Governing Body Official] was known as an intelligent, tough and fair lawman, who led his police officers during the 'Prohibition' [in the roaring 1920's] combatting "stick-ups", "gun-runners", "Illegal distilleries", etc. Chief Schober coordinated and instructed County, State, and Federal on 'best practices' of investigating the latter. He was revered by lawmen on the easternseaboard and well beyond. During World War II, the UBPD and US Navy collaborated and created a reconnaissance lookout tower at the Union Beach Beachfront armed with some of the most sophisticated electronic(s) equipment for the period to identify and intercept German U-Boats that were identified in the Raritan Bay. On October 29, 2012 Union Beach, NJ became the international face of the most dangerous storms in US history. Taking a direct hit by the catastrophic events from what we now have to come to know as 'Superstorm Sandy' of 'Hurricane Sandy." This horrific meteorological event took 153 souls and created over $80 billion in damages, becoming what some say was the costliest storm in modern day history. Spanning nearly 1100 miles in diameter she travelled from the Caribbean to Canada decimating everything in its path. 85 percent of the 2,600 plus houses in Union Beach were damaged by 13-15 ft waves which pushed tsunami like surf - destroying most of everything in its path. Union Beach Police department Officers heroically rescued numerous residents and visitors in the most dangerous and treacherous of conditions throughout the morning and night, bringing them to UBPD Headquarters for emergency shelter and aid. The UBPD has provided the security and been host to many high profile political figures throughout the decades including: US President Jimmy "James Earl" Carter, Jr. 39th President of the United States, First Lady Rosalynn Carter, US President Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States (Detail - Long Branch/Deal, NJ) Governor Chris Christie - 55th Governor of the State of NJ, Governor Phil Murphy - 56th Governor of the State of NJ, US Senator Jeffrey Chiesa, US Senator Cory Booker, US Senator Bob Menendez and many, many, more...

On his visit to Union Beach in 12 Oct 2013, 39th President of the United States James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, Jr. stated, “I have witnessed first hand the service of the UBPD with integrity and judgment held to the highest of standards - a gold standard!"

In addition, many Hollywood productions have taken place in the beautiful shore community of Union Beach over the ages due to the scenic beauty...

"Servire et Tueri in Aeternum!"

Chief of Police Michael J. Woodrow [NJ State Chiefs of Police 'advanced' accredited Chief Executive)

UBPD Detective Sergeant elected to the Board of Directors at the prestigious New Jersey Narcotics Enforcement Officers A...
09/20/2023

UBPD Detective Sergeant elected to the Board of Directors at the prestigious New Jersey Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association (NJNEOA)

We would like to congratulate DSgt. Shawn Gilkison on being officially sworn in to the Board of Directors at the NJNEOA. During his career with the UBPD (Special Operations Branch - Detective Bureau) BTF, MCPO and FBI - DSgt Gilkison has been involved in various covert and clandestine operations resulting in the seizure of significant amounts of weapons, narcotics, and illegal contraband.
His efforts in targeting the leaders and dismantling illegal narcotics and weapons trafficking rings brought numerous accolades and recognition from the NJNEOA, NJ State Senate, FBI, etc. FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael Ratta stated, “DSgt. Gilkison will bring engagement, energy and enthusiasm to his new role and the organization. He will be an invaluable asset.”
The NJNEOA is an organization that works with numerous LE and charitable organizations including the City of Angels NJ, Inc. to guide people with addiction to treatment and support them in their recovery. Each year, COA performs hundreds of interventions and referrals to treatment. COA will work with anyone, regardless of their insurance status, treatment history, or other details.
COA also conducts community outreach through schools and local events to educate the public about addiction. The association also provides advanced training for law enforcement throughout the region.

Photograph (Lt. to Rt.) UBPD DSgt. Shawn Gilkison, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Detectives John G. McCabe, Jr., President Nitin Daniels NJNEOA, UBPD Chief of Police Michael J. Woodrow.

09/11/2023

A SMALL GESTURE IN HONOR OF ALL THOSE THAT MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE ON 9/11

In remembrance of this 22nd Anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Ptl. Kevin Luxich and Ptl. Matthew Olivo participated in the “Heroes stair climb” at the Paramount Gym supporting the Tunnels to Towers Foundation - in honor of Port Authority Police Officer Kenny Tietjen, FDNY Firefighter Stephen Siller and Citizen Donald Robertson Jr. Ptl. Olivo stated, “What an experience this was, Kev and I participated in the Memorial 9/11 Stair Climb in honor of those that gave it all, we will never forget them. Next year it’s on to the WTC in their memory!”
Ptl. Luxich stated, “Simulating the 110th floor level with Matt was an emotional experience; the brave men and women of the NYPD, PAPD, FDNY, EMS, all first responders and citizens alike that lost their lives will never be forgotten!”
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#9/11neverforget

*****COMMUNITY WARNING & ADVISORY*****The Union Beach Police Department Detective Bureau (Special Operations Branch) in ...
08/30/2023

*****COMMUNITY WARNING & ADVISORY*****

The Union Beach Police Department Detective Bureau (Special Operations Branch) in concert with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office ICAC task force is actively investigating several cases of criminal activity associated with the Bunch App. Suspects are attempting to meet with underage children and have them perform illicit acts.

We ask that you immediately monitor your children’s phones/tablets, etc.

If you suspect your child has been a victim/target please contact
DSgt Shawn Gilkison or Det. Ryan Fogarty at 732.264.0313.

What is the Bunch App?
BUNCH GROUP VIDEO CHAT & GAMES is a video chat app that is intended to let you see a friend and chat while playing mobile games with your friends.
Bunch also supports dozens of well-known games such as Roblox, Monopoly, Minecraft, Mariokart Tour, Catan, and more. During the 2020 global lockdown, millions of users downloaded Bunch to spend quality time with friends and family.

MILESTONE ACHIEVEMENT(S)POLICE PROMOTIONSPlease take a moment to consider congratulating Union Beach Police Department -...
08/25/2023

MILESTONE ACHIEVEMENT(S)
POLICE PROMOTIONS

Please take a moment to consider congratulating Union Beach Police Department - Sergeant Matthew Deickmann [Special Operations Branch] (2021 recipient of the prestigious Officer of the Year “Officer William H. Letts Award) and decorated Officer Detective James O’Toole on their recent promotions.

Sergeant Deickmann attained several epic achievement(s) last year; having received commendation(s) and accolades from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (Atlantic City, NJ), the ‘Merit Award’ by the 200 Club of Monmouth County, and induction into the prestigious American Police Hall of Fame (Titusville, Florida) having been awarded the “Silver Star for Bravery.“
Detective O’Toole has received numerous police citations of ‘exemplary service’ and been involved as well in sensitive special operations and investigations leading to the successful prosecution of criminal offender(s).

Brief Bio: [Republished]
Detective Matthew Deickmann is a highly decorated (Life Saving Medal [2 x], Meritorious Service Medal, Excellent Service Medal, etc.) 6yr veteran of the force, having extensive major undercover police operations experience; [Assigned undercover to the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office.] Involved in sensitive operations with the MCPO, BTF, FBI, DEA, ATF, etc.
Presently assigned to the UBPD - Detective Bureau under the Special Operations Branch. He often investigate(s) narcotics, fraud, internet crimes, larceny, etc. Sergeant Deickmann is also a member of the elite MERT Team (Maritime Emergency Response Team), UBPD - Search & Rescue - Marine Unit, ATV Unit, Aviation/Drone Unit, etc.

Brief Bio:
Detective James O’Toole is a 5-year veteran of the force and the former partner of Detective Corporal Timothy Kelly Jr. He has been involved in numerous police special operations, school and community outreach policing programs, etc.
Detective O’Toole wears many hats at UBPD. He is now assigned to the Special Operations Branch - Detective Bureau, supervisor to the UBPD Honor Guard, DEA liaison, ATF liaison, school LEAD program, Marine Search & Rescue Unit, ATV Unit, HUMVEE/High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle Unit, Community Policing Bureau, ABLE Program, Riot Intervention Team (RIT), Internet Crime Unit, Internship Program Unit, etc.

Photograph: Bottom: (Lt. to Rt.)
Chief of Police Michael J. Woodrow, Detective James O’Toole, Captain Frank Taddeo
Top: (Lt. to Rt.)
Chief of Police Michael J. Woodrow
Sergeant Matthew Deickmann, Captain Frank Taddeo

We are truly humbled by the young men of the Bayshore Sharks Baseball Team - who have chosen to dedicate their play as w...
07/25/2023

We are truly humbled by the young men of the Bayshore Sharks Baseball Team - who have chosen to dedicate their play as well as wear our commemorative UBPD Detective Corporal Timothy Kelly, Jr. Police Patch at the Cooperstown, New York tournament (Home of the Baseball Hall of Fame) in honor of Timmy. We wish them good luck and are truly inspired by their thoughtfulness.

In honor of the one year anniversary of Detective Corporal Timothy Kelly, Jr.  “You fought the good fight, you finished ...
07/17/2023

In honor of the one year anniversary of Detective Corporal Timothy Kelly, Jr. “You fought the good fight, you finished the race, you kept the faith!”

06/29/2023

Please welcome home, hero veteran United States Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Benjamin Webb into his brand new smart-home in Union Beach🇺🇸 built by the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Staff Sergeant Benjamin Webb served in the United States Marine Corps for 15 years, serving four tours: three in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and one in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was awarded three Purple Hearts.

*****Please take a moment to congratulate the 2022 “Officer(s) of the Year” Detective Corporal Timothy Kelly, Jr. and hi...
12/23/2022

*****Please take a moment to congratulate the 2022 “Officer(s) of the Year” Detective Corporal Timothy Kelly, Jr. and his patrol partner Patrolman James O’Toole!”*****

#1 WBC ‘World Boxing Council’ Contender and 2 x Heavyweight Champion Challenger “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney presented the Award [posthumously] to Detective Corporal Timothy Kelly, Jr.’s parents and his patrol partner Ptl. James O’Toole. Many years ago as a young boy, Timothy Kelly, Jr. and his father (Ret. UBPD Sgt. Timothy Kelly) met the legendary boxer. Young Tim was immediately inspired and in awe of Cooney (6’6” - 235lbs) and the charitable work he performed according to his father. [Cooney’s left-hook is described as one of the most powerful punches in boxing history. (Pro mark 28-3, 24 knockouts) (Amateur 55-3)
According to George Foreman, Gerry Cooney was one of the three hardest punchers he had ever faced in his career.
He is ranked in Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time during an incredible era of Heavyweight boxers- Tyson, Norton, Foreman, Holmes, Spinks, etc.]
We sincerely thank the “Gentleman” for taking the time to present this years award to Timmy’s parents and his partner Ptl. James O’Toole.

Det. Cpl. Kelly was a rising star in the Union Beach Police Department, having been involved in many high profile and sensitive special operations with the FBI, DEA, MCPO, and BTF. He received a Bachelors of Science Degree from the University of Alabama with a double major in History and Criminal Justice. He answered the vocation of law enforcement following in his father Union Beach Police Department Sgt. Timothy Kelly’s path. Det. Cpl. Kelly was a 5-year veteran of the force. He was only 29 at the time of his death.
Ptl. James O’Toole is a 5-year veteran of the force, who along side his partner as mentioned above, was involved in numerous police special operations, school and outreach community policing programs throughout the year. Ptl. O’Toole stated, “I am honored to have received this distinction. I dedicate this coveted award in honor of my partner. Timmy was not just a friend, brother or partner, he was and always will be family to me. He will never be forgotten.”
Ptl. O’Toole wears many hats at UBPD. He is assigned as a supervisor to the UBPD Honor Guard, school LEAD program, Marine Search & Rescue Unit, ATV Unit, HUMVEE/High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle Unit, Community Policing Bureau, ABLE Program, Riot Intervention Team (RIT), Traffic Safety Bureau, Internship Program Unit, etc.

Photograph: Below (Lt. to Rt.)
Honor Guard Ptl. Kevin Luxich, Chief of Police Michael J. Woodrow, Timmy’s ‘Mom’ Karen, “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney, Sgt. Timothy Kelly (Ret.), ‘Officer of the Year’ Ptl. James O’Toole, Honor Guard Ptl. Michael Gallagher.

11/30/2022

*****TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT*****
[Active School Shooter Drill in Union Beach - Area of Florence & Poole Avenue(s) - 1205 Florence Avenue - 11/30/22 - 0800hrs - 1500hrs]
COMPLETED

PARTICIPATING POLICE DEPARTMENTS:
Aberdeen Police Department
Atlantic Highlands Police Department
Hazlet Police Department
Holmdel Police Department
Highlands Police Department
Matawan Police Department
Keansburg Police Department
Keyport Police Department
Middletown Police Department
Union Beach Police Department

The men and women of the Union Beach Police Department are committed to continually prepare for the worst case scenario while hoping for the best. On a monthly basis our specially trained police officers practice and exercise utilizing advanced strategies and methodologies on active school shooter response. They also implement and update specific school safeguard ‘preventative tactics’ behind the scenes in order to protect our greatest commodity; our children. Sgt. Matthew Gajewski stated, “I feel as police officers people expect a lot from us. People’s perceptions of what we do are as different as they are the same. So we have to train and stay ready because the communities we serve deserve that. We deserve that. We all deserve to be comfortable in the fact that when game day comes we will be ready. These types of trainings are especially important because they uniquely let officers from the Bayshore network as well as experience different layouts of structures. The tone of the drill can be changed multiple times to fit what direction it needs to go. We are very lucky to have this partnership in place and to be able to get a lot of officers outside of their comfort zone to train.”
UBPD officers are also assigned to highly competitive and prestigious police unit(s): MOCERT (SWAT), RDF (Rapid Deployment Force), MERT (Maritime Emergency Response Team) as well as many others.
Chief of Police Michael J. Woodrow noted, “In 95 percent of mass shootings at least one person is aware the incident will occur before it does.” If anyone observes and or hears of any suspicious or concerning activity - ‘in person or on social media’, we urge you to immediately contact the UBPD at 732.264.0313 or 911.

Union Beach Police Sergeant Knocks Out The Competition - Winning 1st Place in the Annual JBJ Soul Kitchen Chili Cook-Off...
10/16/2022

Union Beach Police Sergeant Knocks Out The Competition - Winning 1st Place in the Annual JBJ Soul Kitchen Chili Cook-Off [In Support of helping those less fortunate!]

When Union Beach Police Department Sgt. Deborah Trembley is not fighting crime, she doubles as ‘now’ the new 2022 - 1st place Champion of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen Chili Cook-Off! Please take a moment to congratulate her on this ‘delicious’ achievement. Knocking out formidable opponents throughout the State from other Police, Fire, Ems, including: Ocean County Sheriffs Department, NJ State Police, Sayreville Fire Department, Sayreville Police Department, Lanoka Harbor EMS, Melrose Hose Company/Six Flags EMS, Toms River Fire Co #1, etc.
Jon and Dorothea Bongiovi have created something very special. Since 2006, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation has worked to break the cycle of poverty, homelessness, and hunger in communities across America. Through grant funding of local and national partner projects and creating sustainable programs, the JBJ Soul Foundation has helped provide funding for over 1,000 units of affordable housing and shelter in 11 states and Washington DC for thousands of individuals and families experiencing homelessness and financial instability including youth and veterans. Congratulations Sgt. Deborah Trembley on this achievement that will help those less fortunate!



Photograph: [Rt. to Lt.] Sgt. Deborah Trembley, Jon Bon Jovi, Thomas Trembley.

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It is with the heaviest of heart to announce the untimely passing of Detective Corporal Timothy Kelly, Jr. who was tragi...
07/17/2022

It is with the heaviest of heart to announce the untimely passing of Detective Corporal Timothy Kelly, Jr. who was tragically killed in an off-duty motor vehicle crash. Det. Cpl. Kelly was a rising star in the Union Beach Police Department, having been involved in many high profile and sensitive special operations with the FBI, DEA, MCPO, and BTF. He received a Bachelors of Science Degree from the University of Alabama with a double major in History and Criminal Justice. He answered the vocation of law enforcement following in his father Union Beach Police Department Sgt. Timothy Kelly’s path. Det. Cpl. Kelly was a 5-year veteran of the force. He was only 29…
Servire et Tueri in Aeternum, Requiescat in Pace!
Chief of Police Michael J. Woodrow

THE LATE UBPD DETECTIVE CORPORAL ALTON BENNETT’S SON - RECEIVES TOP HONOR(S) AT PENNSYLVANIA POLICE ACADEMY GRADUATION P...
06/25/2022

THE LATE UBPD DETECTIVE CORPORAL ALTON BENNETT’S SON - RECEIVES TOP HONOR(S) AT PENNSYLVANIA POLICE ACADEMY GRADUATION

Please help us in congratulating Pennsylvania Police Officer AJ Bennett on graduating from the Pennsylvania Police Academy (Manheim Township) held at Alvernia University (Doceat Christus vos facere) where he received top honors - #1 Marksman/Sharpshooter (P.O. Scott Wertz Award) and the Perseverance Award at the 2022-01 graduating class commencement. Invocation by Lt. Colonel Nicolas Camacho - United States Army.
AJ is the son of the late Union Beach Police Department Detective Corporal Alton Bennet, who retired from the Union Beach Police Department after 42 years of distinguished service. AJ stated, “I admired as a young man what my father did on a daily basis as a Union Beach Policeman, it was God’s work; helping those that couldn’t help themselves!” Congratulations AJ on this epic achievement, we wish you a safe and healthy career!
Servire et Tueri in Aeternum!

“POP-UP EVENT” INTERCEPTED AND DISPERSEDThe Union Beach Police Department - Detective Bureau and the NJ ROIC (Regional O...
06/19/2022

“POP-UP EVENT” INTERCEPTED AND DISPERSED

The Union Beach Police Department - Detective Bureau and the NJ ROIC (Regional Operations Intelligence Center) intercepted a credible social media “Pop-Up EVENT” invitation/notification that was sponsored by a 17-year-old juvenile within the Borough of Union Beach last evening. UBPD patrol units as well as assisting units from the Monmouth County Sheriffs Department, Middletown Township Police Department, Hazlet Township Police Department, Keyport Police Department, Holmdel Township Police Department, Matawan Police Department, Keansburg Police Department, etc. were able to immediately disperse dozens of attendees from the area that continued to arrive into town. Fifteen summonses were issued at the time of this writing.
The UBPD will not tolerate nor accept these unsanctioned gatherings that have resulted historically in chaos throughout the state. Organizers will be held accountable. “Pop-up Events” are synonymous with disorderly conduct, fighting, public consumption of alcohol and property damage which prompt a large police presence, arrests and eventual cleanup - costing taxpayers thousands of dollars in services due to a surge of party goers. The quality of life to our residents and visitors alike are and will continue to be our number one priority.

The Union Beach Police Department is aware of the horrible tragedy that occurred today at Robb Elementary School in Uval...
05/25/2022

The Union Beach Police Department is aware of the horrible tragedy that occurred today at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and we extend our sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this horrific act and we will keep them in our prayers.
These tragedies deeply affect every community, including ours. This is a time to come together to renew our commitment to family and neighbors, but most of all to our children, who deserve to know that we will do anything and everything to protect them and keep them safe always.
Having participated today in a statewide executive meeting with Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutors Office Prosecutor Lori Linskey and Acting Chief of Detectives John G. McCabe, Jr., we have no reason to believe there is any threat to our community, however, out of an abundance of caution, we will be increasing police presence at Memorial Elementary.
In 95 percent of mass shootings at least one person is aware the incident will occur before it does. Please, if anyone observes any suspicious or concerning activity in person or on social media, we urge you to immediately contact the UBPD at 732.264.0313 or 911.
Respectfully,
Chief of Police Michael J. Woodrow

FBI Trilogy Award  National honor for Union Beach Police Department Detective Bureau [Special Operations Branch] Detecti...
05/06/2022

FBI Trilogy Award

National honor for Union Beach Police Department Detective Bureau [Special Operations Branch] Detective Sergeant Shawn T. Gilkison - FBI Trilogy Award

Please take a moment to congratulate DSgt. Shawn T. Gilkison of the Union Beach Police Department - Detective Bureau [Special Operations Branch] having received the highly coveted FBI Trilogy Award. DSgt. Gilkison has been attached undercover to the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), Jersey Shore Gang and Criminal Enterprise Task Force as well as formerly attached undercover to the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office. He successfully completed the FBI Supervisor Leadership Institute, Command Leadership Institute and Executive Leadership Institute receiving the prestigious FBI Trilogy Award by Program Director Terri Wilfongs. We congratulate him on this epic achievement!

Union Beach Police Department K9 Major and the men and women of the UBPD - wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Alth...
03/16/2022

Union Beach Police Department K9 Major and the men and women of the UBPD - wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Although a German Shepherd, it is said Major’s parents were from Ireland; where he studied abroad before emigrating to the USA. Slainte!

RETIREMENT AFTER 38 YEARS OF HONORABLE AND DISTINGUISHED SERVICE!Where to begin... Please help us in bidding a fond fare...
02/01/2022

RETIREMENT AFTER 38 YEARS OF HONORABLE AND DISTINGUISHED SERVICE!

Where to begin... Please help us in bidding a fond farewell to Union Beach Police Department Police Communications Officer Madeline Russo after 38 years of honorable and distinguished service. Words simply cannot describe the impact ‘Maddy’ made on our community and Police Department as a collective. An employee, friend, police communications officer and most importantly family member to all of us at the darkest hour. A gentle voice and a smile that was bigger than the room.

Maddy worked through the 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s, and 20s. Quite the epic achievement having answered tens of thousands of calls for emergency service for every call imaginable.
Enjoy your well deserved retirement Maddy! We wish you the best life has to offer!
Slainte’ Chief of Police Michael J. Woodrow


Photograph: [Lt. to Rt.] Chief of Police Michael J. Woodrow, Police Communications Officer Madeline Russo, Captain of Police Gabriel Farese.

MILESTONE ACHIEVEMENT(S)‘2021’ OFFICER OF THE YEAR - “Officer William H. Letts Award”Please take a moment to join us in ...
01/13/2022

MILESTONE ACHIEVEMENT(S)

‘2021’ OFFICER OF THE YEAR - “Officer William H. Letts Award”

Please take a moment to join us in congratulating Union Beach Police Department - Detective Matthew Deickmann [Special Operations Branch] as the 2021 recipient of the prestigious Officer of the Year “Officer William H. Letts Award.” Det. Deickmann attained several epic achievement(s) last year; having recently received commendation(s) and accolades from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (Atlantic City, NJ), the ‘Merit Award’ by the 200 Club of Monmouth County, and induction into the prestigious American Police Hall of Fame (Titusville, Florida) having been awarded the “Silver Star for Bravery.“ Detective Deickmann made national and international news back in January stemming from a daring rescue; in which he rescued an elderly disabled woman from a house fire having dodged heavy flames and smoke. Kudos Detective Deickmann on these milestones.

[“He (Detective Deickmann) wanted to guide her up through the stairs of the home, but due to the woman's walking issues, she could not make it up the steps. Instead, he had no choice but to lead her back out through the smoke- and flame-filled garage from which he had come. Deickmann used his own body to block the woman from the heat and flames,” Middletown Fire Public Information Officer James Fenn.]

Brief Bio: [Republished]
Detective Deickmann is a former standout Athlete; Football (Wide Receiver & Safety), Track & Field (400 and 4 x 4), Basketball (Forward) having graduated College with a Degree In Criminal Justice. When asked why he chose the vocation of law enforcement? He stated, “I have always been a quick-thinking problem solver, who works best under stressful conditions and have a desire to make people feel safe and secure in their community!” He is also an active volunteer fireman with the Belford Engine Co. Middletown, NJ.

Detective Matthew Deickmann is now a highly decorated (Life Saving Medal [2 x], Meritorious Service Medal, Excellent Service Medal, etc.) 6yr veteran of the force, having extensive major undercover police operations experience; [Assigned undercover to the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office.]
Presently assigned to the UBPD - Detective Bureau under the Special Operations Branch. He often investigate(s) narcotics, fraud, internet crimes, theft, etc. Detective Deickmann is also a member of the UBPD - Search & Rescue - Marine Unit, ATV Unit, Aviation/Drone Unit, etc.

We also wish to congratulate the following officers:

Police Communications Officer Madeline Russo - Chief of Police Frederick V. Schober Lifetime Achievement Award

DSgt. Shawn Gilkison (Special Operations Branch) - Chief of Police Michael P. Kelly Leadership Award

Special Officer Donald Higgins - Chief of Police Frederick V. Schober Lifetime Achievement Award

As well as all officers receiving citation(s) for Life Saving, Grand Cordon, Dedicated Service, etc.

Photograph: [Top - Lt. to Rt.] Honor Guard Ptl. James O’Toole, DSgt. Shawn Gilkison, Chief of Police Michael J. Woodrow, Det. Matthew Deickmann, Captain of Police Gabriel Farese, Det. Ryan Fogarty, Honor Guard Ptl. Casey Calmon.

[Lower - Lt. to Rt.] DSgt. Shawn Gilkison, Former UBPD Chief of Police Michael P. Kelly.

[Lower - Lt. to Rt.] Police Communications Officer Madeline Russo, Sgt. Joseph Russo.

Police Dedication(s) for former Union Beach Police Department Chief of Police Michael P. Kelly, Detective Corporal Alton...
12/17/2021

Police Dedication(s) for former Union Beach Police Department Chief of Police Michael P. Kelly, Detective Corporal Alton Bennett, and the Honorable Mayor Paul J. Smith, Jr.

The Bayshore Chiefs of Police Association [Representing Aberdeen, Atlantic Highlands, Hazlet, Highlands, Holmdel, Keansburg, Keyport, Matawan, Middletown, Union Beach] were in attendance for the dedication of the new Chief of Police Michael P. Kelly Command Center, the Detective Corporal Alton Bennett Detective Bureau - Special Operations Branch and the Honorable Paul J. Smith, Jr. Refractory.

Chief of Police Michael P. Kelly Command Center

Chief of Police Michael P. Kelly was a highly decorated law enforcement visionary who served the Union Beach Police Department from 1977 to 2009. He examined closely the relationship between community policing, intelligence-led policing and crime control. As an alternative to traditional reactive policing styles which coalesce around patrol, rapid response to incidents and enforcement of the criminal law; Chief Kelly’s community policing model evolved in practice and became firmly embedded in conventional police-centric notions of ‘efficiency’, law enforcement and crime control in the 80s, 90s and 00s which is standard practice and the foundation to this day at UBPD. The Chief Michael P. Kelly Command Center enables real time intelligence gathering, communications and sensitive information dissemination vetting during: major crisis, meteorological events and all emergency situation(s)using predefined procedures. Furthermore, ensuring the safety of citizens and the proper operation of critical government services; while making continual adjustments as required with proper constant movement. The Command Center is not a simple information center or help desk; it directs people, resources, and information, and controls events to avert a crisis/emergency and minimize/avoid impacts should an incident occur.

Detective Corporal Alton Bennett ‘Detective Bureau’ (Special Operations Branch)

Detective Corporal Alton Bennett, was a 43-yr legendary veteran of the force. Not only a Bayshore legend, but a man who was revered and respected by police officers on both coasts of the USA. With a quick wit and standing 6’3” 230lbs/athletic frame, Detective Corporal Bennett received over 36 commendations during his storied career at UBPD with extensive undercover work at the Federal (FBI, DEA, NCIS), State, County (Monmouth County Prosecutors Office) and local level (BTF) in the 1970's having infilitrated numerous gangs/organized crime, seizing significant amounts of co***ne and he**in, fi****ms, etc. Prior to serving the UBPD, he began his career in 1970 as a policeman with the Keansburg Police Department. He was the first K9 handler in the Departments history, ‘K9 Speedy’ was known throughout the State of NJ as the "go-to" K9. Detective Corporal Bennett was often referred to as an "old school" Cop, we argue he was the "School.” The renovated Detective Corporal Alton Bennett ‘Detective Bureau’ (Special Operations Branch) will continue to handle all sensitive and sophisticated investigative matters that arise on a continuous basis.

The Honorable Mayor Paul J. Smith, Jr. Refractory

The Honorable Mayor Paul J. Smith, Jr. was the quintessential fabric of this great American town we know as Union Beach. He was known to Union Beach residents as a Mayor and former athletes as a Coach; but most importantly, considered by all a friend, one that would teach others compassion and integrity. His contributions to the Bayshore and decades of dedicated selfless public service to the residents of Union Beach, will be remembered for many, many life times to come stated Chief of Police Michael J. Woodrow.

A sincere special thanks to the following people and entities that contributed in some manner:
[The Men, Women and Families of the Union Beach Police Department - Past and Present]
[Mayor Charles Cocuzza and Governing Body]
[The Bennett, Kelly, and Smith Family]
[Holy Family Church - Fr. REV. MATTHEW J. PFLEGER. Parochial Vicar. REV. FRANCIS CHERUPARAMPIL]
Aberdeen Township Police Department Chief Matthew Lloyd
Atlantic Highlands Police Department Chief David Rossbach
Hazlet Township Police Department Chief Ted Wittke
Highlands Police Department Chief Robert Burton
Holmdel Township Police Department Chief John Mioduszewski
Keansburg Police Department Chief Wayne Davis - Deputy Police Chief David Gogan
Keyport Police Department Chief Shannon
Torres
Matawan Police Department Chief Thomas Falco
Middletown Township Police Department Chief Craig Weber
Monmouth County Prosecutors Office Chief
John G. McCabe, Jr
Monmouth County Sheriffs Department Sheriff Shaun Golden
Federal Bureau of Investigation Supervisory Special Agent Michael Ratta
Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Silvana Sotillo
United States Secret Service Special Agent Michael Mistchler
United States Marshals Service
Any many, many more...

Union Beach Police Department and United States Marshals Service arrest man on outstanding drug distribution warrant(s) ...
12/07/2021

Union Beach Police Department and United States Marshals Service arrest man on outstanding drug distribution warrant(s) in Union Beach, NJ.

The Union Beach Police Department Detective Bureau under the Special Operations Branch, Union Beach Police Department K9-Unit, as well as Patrol Division In collaboration with the United States Marshals Service, arrested 38-year-old Jesse Jackson on the 300 block of Park Avenue in Union Beach on numerous outstanding narcotics distribution warrant(s). The latter was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service last evening without incident.

https://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/pr/monmouth-county-man-sentenced-87-months-prison-using-facebook-induce-minor-send-sexua...
11/30/2021

https://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/pr/monmouth-county-man-sentenced-87-months-prison-using-facebook-induce-minor-send-sexually

https://wobm.com/monmouth-county-man-heading-to-prison-for-7-5-years-on-child-porn-charge/

https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2447854798714/jersey-shore-man-68-who-used-facebook-to-lure-young-out-of-state-girl-gets-7-years-in-fed-pen?noAds=1&_f=app_share&s=i4

https://theridgewoodblog.net/jersey-shore-man-used-fake-facebook-account-to-lure-young-out-of-state-girl-gets-prison-time/?fr=operanews

Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig credited special agents/task force officers of the FBI Red Bank Resident Agency’s Jersey Shore Gang/Criminal Organization Task Force under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr., and the Union Beach Police Department [Special Operations Branch - Detective Bureau], under the direction of Chief of Police Michael J. Woodrow, and the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency, for their assistance.

TRENTON, N.J. – A Monmouth County, New Jersey man, was sentenced today to 87 months in prison for knowingly receiving child po*******hy, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.
Herman Christopher Jensen, 68, of Union Beach, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to a one-count information charging him with knowingly receiving child po*******hy. Judge Sheridan imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Perry Farhat of the Government Frauds Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Newark.

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Police Dedication(s) for former Union Beach Police Department Chief of Police Michael P. Kelly, Detective Corporal Alton Bennett, and the Honorable Mayor Paul J. Smith, Jr.

The Bayshore Chiefs of Police Association [Representing Aberdeen, Atlantic Highlands, Hazlet, Highlands, Holmdel, Keansburg, Keyport, Matawan, Middletown, Union Beach] were in attendance for the dedication of the new Chief of Police Michael P. Kelly Command Center, the Detective Corporal Alton Bennett Detective Bureau - Special Operations Branch and the Honorable Paul J. Smith, Jr. Refractory.

Chief of Police Michael P. Kelly Command Center

Chief of Police Michael P. Kelly was a highly decorated law enforcement visionary who served the Union Beach Police Department from 1977 to 2009. He examined closely the relationship between community policing, intelligence-led policing and crime control. As an alternative to traditional reactive policing styles which coalesce around patrol, rapid response to incidents and enforcement of the criminal law; Chief Kelly’s community policing model evolved in practice and became firmly embedded in conventional police-centric notions of ‘efficiency’, law enforcement and crime control in the 80s, 90s and 00s which is standard practice and the foundation to this day at UBPD. The Chief Michael P. Kelly Command Center enables real time intelligence gathering, communications and sensitive information dissemination vetting during: major crisis, meteorological events and all emergency situation(s)using predefined procedures. Furthermore, ensuring the safety of citizens and the proper operation of critical government services; while making continual adjustments as required with proper constant movement. The Command Center is not a simple information center or help desk; it directs people, resources, and information, and controls events to avert a crisis/emergency and minimize/avoid impacts should an incident occur.

Detective Corporal Alton Bennett ‘Detective Bureau’ (Special Operations Branch)

Detective Corporal Alton Bennett, was a 43-yr legendary veteran of the force. Not only a Bayshore legend, but a man who was revered and respected by police officers on both coasts of the USA. With a quick wit and standing 6’3” 230lbs/athletic frame, Detective Corporal Bennett received over 36 commendations during his storied career at UBPD with extensive undercover work at the Federal (FBI, DEA, NCIS), State, County (Monmouth County Prosecutors Office) and local level (BTF) in the 1970's having infilitrated numerous gangs/organized crime, seizing significant amounts of co***ne and he**in, fi****ms, etc. Prior to serving the UBPD, he began his career in 1970 as a policeman with the Keansburg Police Department. He was the first K9 handler in the Departments history, ‘K9 Speedy’ was known throughout the State of NJ as the "go-to" K9. Detective Corporal Bennett was often referred to as an "old school" Cop, we argue he was the "School.” The renovated Detective Corporal Alton Bennett ‘Detective Bureau’ (Special Operations Branch) will continue to handle all sensitive and sophisticated investigative matters that arise on a continuous basis.

The Honorable Mayor Paul J. Smith, Jr. Refractory

The Honorable Mayor Paul J. Smith, Jr. was the quintessential fabric of this great American town we know as Union Beach. He was known to Union Beach residents as a Mayor and former athletes as a Coach; but most importantly, considered by all a friend, one that would teach others compassion and integrity. His contributions to the Bayshore and decades of dedicated selfless public service to the residents of Union Beach, will be remembered for many, many life times to come stated Chief of Police Michael J. Woodrow.

A sincere special thanks to the following people and entities that contributed in some manner:
[The Men, Women and Families of the Union Beach Police Department - Past and Present]
[Mayor Charles Cocuzza and Governing Body]
[The Bennett, Kelly, and Smith Family]
[Holy Family Church - Fr. REV. MATTHEW J. PFLEGER. Parochial Vicar. REV. FRANCIS CHERUPARAMPIL]
Aberdeen Township Police Department Chief Matthew Lloyd
Atlantic Highlands Police Department Chief David Rossbach
Hazlet Township Police Department Chief Ted Wittke
Highlands Police Department Chief Robert Burton
Holmdel Township Police Department Chief John Mioduszewski
Keansburg Police Department Chief Wayne Davis - Deputy Police Chief David Gogan
Keyport Police Department Chief Shannon
Torres
Matawan Police Department Chief Thomas Falco
Middletown Township Police Department Chief Craig Weber
Monmouth County Prosecutors Office Chief
John G. McCabe, Jr
Monmouth County Sheriffs Department Sheriff Shaun Golden
Federal Bureau of Investigation Supervisory Special Agent Michael Ratta
Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Silvana Sotillo
United States Secret Service Special Agent Michael Mistchler
United States Marshals Service
Any many, many more...
Union Beach Police Department and United States Marshals Service arrest man on outstanding drug distribution warrant(s) in Union Beach, NJ.

The Union Beach Police Department Detective Bureau under the Special Operations Branch, Union Beach Police Department K9-Unit, as well as Patrol Division In collaboration with the United States Marshals Service, arrested 38-year-old Jesse Jackson on the 300 block of Park Avenue in Union Beach on numerous outstanding narcotics distribution warrant(s). The latter was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service last evening without incident.
https://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/pr/monmouth-county-man-sentenced-87-months-prison-using-facebook-induce-minor-send-sexually

https://wobm.com/monmouth-county-man-heading-to-prison-for-7-5-years-on-child-porn-charge/

https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2447854798714/jersey-shore-man-68-who-used-facebook-to-lure-young-out-of-state-girl-gets-7-years-in-fed-pen?noAds=1&_f=app_share&s=i4

https://theridgewoodblog.net/jersey-shore-man-used-fake-facebook-account-to-lure-young-out-of-state-girl-gets-prison-time/?fr=operanews

Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig credited special agents/task force officers of the FBI Red Bank Resident Agency’s Jersey Shore Gang/Criminal Organization Task Force under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr., and the Union Beach Police Department [Special Operations Branch - Detective Bureau], under the direction of Chief of Police Michael J. Woodrow, and the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency, for their assistance.

TRENTON, N.J. – A Monmouth County, New Jersey man, was sentenced today to 87 months in prison for knowingly receiving child po*******hy, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.
Herman Christopher Jensen, 68, of Union Beach, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to a one-count information charging him with knowingly receiving child po*******hy. Judge Sheridan imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Perry Farhat of the Government Frauds Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Newark.
POLICE PROMOTION(S)

Please take a moment to help us in congratulating the following enlisted Union Beach Police Department Police Officer(s) having been promoted to the “Gold Ranks”; Senior Detective Joseph Russo promoted to the rank of Police Sergeant and Ptl. Ryan Fogarty promoted to the rank of Police Detective.

Police Sergeant Joseph Russo
Brief Bio:
Prior to enlisting with the Union Beach Police Department, Sgt. Russo was a stand out Wrestler, Rugby Player, and graduated with a Degree in Criminal Justice. He is still no stranger to the Rugby paddock, as he is an active player on his off-time; often found in a scrum (positions of Forward, Blind-Side Flanker, Outside Center, Right Wing, and Fullback). With an intimidating 5’11” 255lbs frame, he is affectionately referred to as “The Avalanche.” It should be noted, Sgt. Russo’s brother John, was the founding father of the Rugby program at William Paterson University.

He is a 17 year veteran of the force, having been assigned to the UBPD Detective Bureau under the Special Operations Branch, where he has been involved in many sensitive undercover operation(s) and investigation(s): “Operation Golden State”, "Operation On The Ropes", "Operation Finished Business", “Operation Checkmate”, etc. He is presently assigned to the following Search & Rescue Unit(s): Aviation Unit, Marine Unit, ATV unit, Marine – HUMVEE/High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle Unit. In addition to the latter, he is assigned as the ATF (Alcohol To***co Fi****ms) liaison, ABC (Alcohol Beverage Control) Officer, NJ State PTC Certified Fi****ms Instructor, Internal Affairs Unit, Evidence/Forfeiture Unit, Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Bias Crime Unit, Riot Intervention Team. He has received numerous commendations (Life Saving, Grand Cordon, Meritorious, Honorable Service, etc.) during his tour.

Detective Ryan Fogarty
Brief Bio:
Detective Ryan Fogarty is a former standout Varsity Wrestling Captain and Soccer (Footballer) player (Right Wing, Inside Right). Detective Fogarty pursued his Degree in Homeland Security.

He is a 4 year veteran of the force having received numerous citation(s) (Life Saving, Meritorious, Honorable, Grand Cordon, etc.) and commendation(s) during his tour in the patrol division having transferred from the Seaside Heights Police Department. He is presently assigned to the following Search & Rescue Unit(s): Aviation Unit, Marine Unit, ATV unit, – HUMVEE/High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle Unit. In addition to the latter, he is assigned to the Riot Intervention Team, Monmouth County (RDF) Rapid Deployment Team, ABLE Program, UBPD Honor Guard, IT/Computer Unit, Beach Crime Suppression Unit, and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) liaison.

The above Union Beach Police Department Officer(s) possess an invaluable amount of vast community policing driven experience, coupled with major Federal, State and County undercover operations experience, and college background(s). We congratulate and wish them a safe and healthy career.
Servire et Tueri in Aeternum!
Chief of Police Michael J. Woodrow


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(Lt. to Rt.) Chief of Police Michael J. Woodrow, Sgt. Joseph Russo, Captain of Police Gabriel Farese

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(Lt. to Rt.) Chief of Police Michael J. Woodrow, Detective J.P. Powers, DSgt. Shawn Gilkison, Detective Ryan Fogarty, Detective Matthew Deickmann, Detective Michael Meany, Captain of Police Gabriel Farese