The patrol division of the Lakehurst Police Department consists of the uniformed officers assigned to patrol duties. Officers staff this division 24 hours a day / 7 days a week and perform a wide range of patrol duties and community policing programs.
The investigation division’s primary function is to conduct follow up investigations of reported crimes and assist with the prosecution of these crimes. Each case is worked to the fullest extent until an arrest is made or closed due to insufficient leads.
The Lakehurst Police Department is committed to ensuring that all sworn members act in a professional and courteous manner in all encounters with the public. The Internal Affairs Unit are responsible for the receipt, investigation and resolution of all citizen complaints of Police misconduct. In addition, we are also proud to accept commendations from the public wishing to recognize the good work of one of our sworn members.
Any person wishing to file a complaint or wishing to commend an officer can complete the Lakehurst Police Commendation / Complaint Form, which is shown below. This form can be filled out and dropped off at the Lakehurst Police Department Unit during regular business hours, Monday through Friday at Police Headquarters, 530 Union Avenue, Lakehurst, New Jersey. In addition, the form can be completed and sent through the mail to the attention of the Internal Affairs Unit.
In accordance with the New Jersey Attorney General Guideline for Internal Affairs, you have the right to file a complaint at any time, with any Police Officer or member of the Ocean County Prosecutors Office. Any questions with respect to the filing of a complaint or Officer commendation should be directed to Lieutenant Iain James (732) 657-7812 Ext. 314, or via email at [email protected].
For additional information on the New Jersey Attorney General Guideline for Internal Affairs click here.
For the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Internal Affairs Unit yearly report click here.
For the Lakehurst Police Department 2021 Professional Standards Summary Report click here.
For the Lakehurst Police Department 2021 Major Discipline Reporting Form click here.
For the Lakehurst Police Department Internal Affairs Policy click here.
For the Lakehurst Police Department Bias-Based Policing Policy click here.
Download the Lakehurst Police Department Internal Affairs Complaint form click here.
FIREARMS APPLICATION PROCEDURES
*You are required to be at least 18 years of age to apply for a Firearms ID Card.
*You are required to be at least 21 years of age to apply for a Permit to Purchase a Handgun.
These instructions are for the on-line Firearms Application and Registration System (FARS) which is used for the following applications:
INITIAL APPLICANTS FOR A FIREARMS ID CARD AND/OR ID CARD WITH A HANDGUN PERMIT
APPLICATION FOR ADDITIONAL HANDGUN PERMITS AND/OR DUPLICATE FIREARMS PURCHASER ID CARD
A duplicate Firearms ID Card will be issued by this Department for the following reasons:
• Lost or stolen ID Card
• Mutilated ID Card (current issued ID Card shall be surrendered at time of application)
• Change of address on sex on ID Card (Current issued ID Card shall be surrendered at time of application)
• Change of name on ID Card (Current issued ID Card shall be surrendered at time of application)
FARS Application Procedures for Applicants:
Step 1: visit this website. You MUST enter the site address as follows:
Step 2: Consult your Police Department and obtain their ORI # ______NJ0151300______
(You WILL NOT be able to complete the FARS online application WITHOUT THE PROPER ORI#)
Step 3: Complete the online application. If you complete the application using a smartphone, mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer, you will NEED TO BE ABLE TO PRINT THE IDENTIGO FINGERPRINT FORM. If you FAIL TO PRINT THE FORM, CONTACT YOUR POLICE DEPARTMENT AND REQUEST THEY PROVIDE YOU WITH THE IDENTIGO FORM. PROVIDE THE POLICE DEPARTMENT THE FARS CONTRIBUTOR CASE # that begins with NJ________________. The CONFIRMATION NUMBER WILL NOT BE USED BY IDENTIGO OR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT ON THE IDENTIGO FORM.
Step 4: When completing the application you will need the email addresses of 2 reputable references. Your references can be family members.
Step 5: You MUST appear at your Police Department to PAY for your INITIAL FID Card and/or Pistol Purchase Permits immediately upon applying. Your application WILL NOT be processed until you have PAID for the FID Card/Pistol Permits. Non-refundable payment is required to be made at the time of application as per NJAC 13:54-1.4.
*If an INITIAL applicant applied for an FID card and forgot to apply for pistol purchase permits, the applicant must re-apply for the pistol purchase permits AFTER their initial application is process and approved.
*You will be receiving automated email updates throughout this new process.
*Once your application is complete, a station representative will contact you to retrieve your FID card and/or pistol purchase permit documents. DO NOT CONTACT OR APPEAR AT YOUR POLICE DEPARTMENT UNTIL ADVISED TO DO SO.
*Please advise your references that the FARS system will email them the reference questions to be answered. Your references can complete the questions using a smartphone, mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer. Please advise them to complete the questions immediately to progress your background investigation.
*The on-line application is applicant driven. Please ensure that you have entered the best phone numbers for yourself and references as well as the best email addresses for yourself and references.
APPLYING FOR A PERMIT TO CARRY A HANDGUN
The following instructions are the same for the initial and renewal application
1. YOU MUST APPLY IN PERSON
Out of State Resident – apply at a non-toll road State Police Barracks closest to your residence.
In State Resident – apply to your local police department (State Police patrolled areas apply to local Barracks.)
*PLEASE CALL YOUR LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT OR STATE POLICE BARRACKS PRIOR TO APPLYING – DO NOT JUST SHOW UP
PLEASE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING AT TIME OF APPLICATION:
1. Driver’s License and Birth Certificate OR Driver’s License and Passport OR Driver’s License and Naturalization Paperwork/Green Card
2. Three (3) State of New Jersey Applications For Permit To Carry A Handgun, form SP642. Must be double sided and notarized.
3. Four (4) color passport size photographs.
4. Consent for Mental Health Search, form SP066.
5. Written proof of ownership and qualification with the handgun(s) you intend on carrying.
a. Proof of ownership can be a purchase receipt or purchase permit or a notarized letter of ownership listing make, model, and serial number of handgun(s).
b. Written qualification must be within six (6) months of application and include Instructors Name and Certification, make, model, caliber and serial number of handgun(s) you intend to carry.
6. Money Order in the amount of $50.00 payable to; “Treasurer, State of New Jersey”
** ALL APPLICANTS (INITIAL AND RENEWAL) FOR PERMIT TO CARRY A HANDGUN MUST BE FINGERPRINTED. INSTRUCTIONS FOR FINGER PRINTING WILL BE PROVIDED AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION.
** THE REQUIRED WRITTEN FIREARMS QUALIFICATION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH N.J.A.C. 13:54-2.4(B), CAN BE OBTAINED AT MOST FIREARM RANGES THROUGH OUT THE STATE. A LIST IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE, WWW.NJSP.ORG > PUBLIC INFORMATION > FIREARMS INFORMATION > NEW JERSEY SHOOTING RANGES FOR RPO QUALIFICATION.
** A NEW JERSEY PERMIT TO CARRY IS VALID FOR TWO (2) YEARS FROM TIME OF APPROVAL.
** IF ANY OF THE PRECEDING IS NOT COMPLETE OR INCORRECT THE APPLICATION WILL BE RETURNED AND YOU WILL HAVE TO RE-APPLY
If you require additional information on the firearms process, you may contact the Lakehurst Borough Police Department at (732) 657-7812. You may also refer to the New Jersey State Police website or contact the New Jersey State Police at (609) 882-2000. They have a voice mail system that offers information on the firearms process.
For further information about Megan’s Law, visit the New Jersey State Police website.
Alcoholic Beverage Control
All bartenders and security personnel are required to obtain a alcohol beverage handles card obtained through this agency.
Applications for these cards can be obtained through the records department during normal business hours. Contact ABC Sergeant Jason Guide for further information or questions. For instructions on how to apply for a alcoholic beverage handle card or renewal card and for the application forms click here.
You may also visit the New Jersey State Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control website.
The D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program is an interactive program which involves students in the 5th grade to interact with police department D.A.R.E Officers. The Officers teach a ten week program about drug resistance education. D.A.R.E. teaches the students how to make healthy and wise decisions when encountering drugs and alcohol. The students use a D.A.R.E. “Decision Making Model” to help make these decisions. After the completion of the program each individual student receives a certificate of completion at a graduation ceremony.
The Borough of Lakehurst has a contract with Manchester Township for Animal Control services. If you need to contact the Animal Control services, call (732) 657-6111. Normal operating hours: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. If you need Animal Control after hours, contact the Lakehurst Police Department at (732) 657-7811.
Enforcement includes, but not limited to the following:
- Patrolling for stray domestic animals
- Investigations into reports of attacks, abuse or sick animals
- Response to public complaints concerning lost, stray, injured or nuisance domestic animals
- Issuing of summons for violations
- Enforcement of licensing domestic pets
- Capture of stray domestic animals
Harboring or feeding of stray animals is PROHIBITED. If you feed or shelter a stray animal, the responsibilty of the animal becomes yours and Animal Control will not respond.
If a wild animal gets inside of your residence, Animal Control will not respond. Contact the Lakehurst Police Department and they will respond and attempt to assist you. If the animal doesn’t get removed for whatever reason, you need to contact a pest control service for removal.
If a wild animal is sick or injured outside your residence, Animal Control will respond.
If you need Animal Control after hours, contact the Lakehurst Police Department at (732) 657-7811.
Request an Off Duty Officer
Lakehurst Police Department officers on off-duty assignment are primarily hired to maintain order, provide security, facilitate traffic flow, and take action against violations of the law.
If you would like to hire an officer for an off-duty assignment, requests must be received at the police department no later than (5) working days prior to the day(s) needed or the request cannot be guaranteed. You must follow up with the Lakehurst Police Department during normal business hours to find out if your request was filled.
NOTE: There is a 2 hour minimum per officer per request. Cancelation of request less than 48 hours from start time will result in a 2 hour minimum pay for all assigned officers.
Your ability to hire off-duty police officers is at the sole discretion of the Lakehurst Police Department. We also reserve the right to decline job requests that may be deemed inappropriate for police officers.
Emergency Special Duty Request:
An emergency job is an event which poses potential danger to the public (i.e. water main break, downed power line, etc.). Please call: (732) 657-7811 for emergency jobs only.
Completed forms can be fax to the Lakehurst Police Department at (732) 657-0367 or mailed to the Police Department.
Special Needs Registration
The Special Needs Program is a voluntary program designated to assist Borough residents in the event of an unforeseen emergency or natural disaster. If you or a loved one has special needs and may require assistance during an emergency such as an evacuation, major storm or power outages, please fill out the “Special Needs Residents Registration Form” and return it to the Lakehurst Police Department. Click here for form.
Research shows that persons with autism and other developmental disabilities are approximately seven times more likely to come into contact with law enforcement than the general population. The actions and/or non-responsiveness of people with autism and other special needs are almost always misinterpreted by untrained individuals. Inappropriate social responses and non-contextual emotional outbursts, commonly seen in people with autism and other developmental disabilities, can cause confusion at best and spark conflict in worst case scenarios. The inability to follow complex or even simple directions during an emergency or crisis situation can lead to serious injury or worse.
Officers with the Manchester Township and Lakehurst Borough Police Departments are trained to recognize persons who exhibit characteristics of autism and other developmental disabilities. In addition to the training that is provided during the police academy, officers receive in-service training throughout their career that focuses on awareness and methods to effectively interact with persons with special needs. Officers also receive up to date training focused on de-escalation techniques.
In 2019, every officer with each agency received a block of training called Autism Shield. The training was provided by POAC Autism Services. The goal of this training was to enhance the safety of officers and citizens. The training focused on: (a) making law enforcement officers and first response professionals aware of the condition of autism, its symptoms, and the characteristics commonly seen in individuals who are affected; (b) providing information to enhance better recognition of a person with autism and response methods for officers in field situations; (c) identifying public safety risks for people who have autism, predictable contacts, and 911 dispatches; (d) explaining the problems that a higher functioning person with autism may have in criminal justice situations; (e) and providing methods for law enforcement agencies to proactively work with individuals with autism, their families, and advocacy organizations and apply tolerance and public relations skills when doing so.
With the goal of better serving our communities while responding to calls involving individuals with special needs, the Manchester Township and the Lakehurst Borough Police Departments have established “Operation Insight”, a voluntary special needs information database. By knowing who in our community requires a special response and having that information readily available in our law enforcement computer databases, our officers will be better prepared to respond to calls for service with their needs in mind.
The purpose of “Operation Insight” is to collect emergency contact information as well as specific characteristics regarding individuals with special needs such as non-verbal, sensory, medical, likes and dislikes. Additionally, a photograph of the individual, if provided, will be attached to their file to help responding officers identify them. With this information, officers will be able to take a proactive approach in effectively and efficiently strategizing police contact with those who have special needs to ensure we provide the best service, utilize knowledge based de-escalation techniques, and continue to protect and serve our communities.
The Manchester Township and the Lakehurst Borough Police Departments recognize the importance of working together to better serve both communities. As such, completed “Operation Insight” forms will be shared with both police departments in the event officers respond for mutual aid. The information provided will be kept confidential. Completion of this form is entirely voluntary and there is no obligation to disclose medical information.
Residents of Lakehurst Borough can locate the forms on the Lakehurst Borough Police Department webpage by clicking here. Completed forms, with or without a photograph, can be returned to 530 Union Avenue, Lakehurst, New Jersey or emailed to [email protected]
Residents of Manchester Township can locate the forms on the Manchester Township Police Department webpage by clicking here. Completed forms will automatically be sent to the Manchester Township Police Department upon clicking the submit button. Photographs can be returned to 1 Colonial Drive, Manchester, New Jersey or emailed to [email protected]