Chief Higgins was sworn in as Police Chief on January 1, 2005. Chief Higgins started his law enforcement career with the Lakehurst Borough Police Department in 1994 and advanced through the ranks. He attended the Ocean County Police Academy and after graduation he was assigned to patrol duties. He has served as the departments DARE officer instructing the DARE program to the students at Lakehurst Elementary School. Chief Higgins served as a member of the Lakehurst/Manchester Emergency Response Team (SWAT) and the Ocean County Regional Swat team. As a member of the Emergency Response Team, on September 11, 2001, Chief Higgins responded to the World Trade Center to assist in the recovery efforts at ground zero after the terrorist attacks. During his career Chief Higgins was assigned as an Investigator to the Ocean County Prosecutors Office, Special Investigations Unit, Narcotics Task Force. In this capacity, he conducted narcotic investigations in the county which resulted in numerous arrests of subjects for distribution of controlled dangerous substances.
Chief Higgins holds a Master’s Degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Chief Higgins has successfully completed the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development course, NJ State Police Chiefs Executive Development Institute, and he is a graduate of the 234th session of the FBI National Academy, a prestigious 10-week executive leadership training program held at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He is certified as an Accredited Command Executive-Chief of Police by the NJSACOP.
Chief Higgins is currently the President of the Ocean County Police Chiefs Association, and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Fraternal Order of Police, and the FBI National Academy Associates.
Chief Higgins proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps reserve from 1989 – 1996 and saw active duty during Operations Desert Shield & Desert Storm.
Chief Higgins is married with 4 children and resides in Manchester Township.