The Criminal Investigative Bureau currently consists of two officers assigned as detectives, as well as, the three officers assigned as school resource officers. The unit is commanded by Lt. Jeffrey Wagner.
The Detective Bureau is currently manned by Dcpl. Jason Deroian and Det. William Knecht and is responsible for a multitude of duties. First and foremost, they are responsible for the investigation into all significant criminal incidents occurring in the township. They include unattended deaths, robberies, assaults, burglaries, sexual assaults, among many others. They will also be assigned specific special investigations by the Police Administration as necessary. The cases worked by the detectives require that all evidence, reports, and supporting documentation are complete and prepared for trial. To assist them in the performance of their duties, the detectives have a multitude of specialized training to include criminal investigations, interviewing and interrogations, and crime scene processing. In addition, the detectives, like the SROs, conduct a multitude of background investigations. They include pre-employment background investigations for police positions and both paid and volunteer fire and EMS positions. They also include background investigations into various organizations for raffle permits, solicitor permits, and social affair permits. The detectives are responsible for ensuring all establishments licensed to sell liquor in the Township are adhering to all Alcohol Beverage Control guidelines. Finally, the unit is responsible for the oversight of all persons classified under Megan’s Law. That includes ensuring registration and physical address verifications of those offenders. Currently, there are eight known people required to register under Megan’s Law in Medford.
The school resource unit is comprised of three officers; Officer Andrew Haggerty, Officer Pat Robey, and Officer Nicole Fellona. Officers Robey and Fellona are assigned to Lenape High School and Officer Haggerty is assigned to Shawnee High School. This, too, is part of a shared services agreement with the Lenape Regional High School District. Medford Township is reimbursed the full salary of those officers for the ten months they are assigned to the school. Their responsibilities include providing security at the schools, enforcing all criminal and local laws in the school, conducting presentations to students and staff in various areas including substance abuse and internet safety. The SROs are also responsible to conduct criminal investigations and develop information to assist other members of the agency in their investigations. A large portion of their function is to assist school administrators with the development and updating of their crisis manuals; a function that has become extremely relevant in light of recent tragedies throughout the country.
Lt. Jeffrey Wagner #46
Dcpl. Jason Deroian #68
Det. William Knecht #74
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