THORTONAdministrative Services Division Commander
Lieutenant Thomas Thornton

(609)296-3666 ext. 158

The Administrative Services Division is responsible for the oversite of the agency accreditation  process, recruiting and hiring for both sworn and civilian staff, agency training, professional standards (Internal Affairs) and Police Records. Each of these specific areas contribute to the effective functioning, efficiency and accountability within the police department.

Agency Accreditation

  • Ensure compliance with established standards and best practices in law enforcement.
  • Coordinate with various departments to gather documentation and evidence required for accreditation.
  • Conduct internal audits and reviews to assess adherence to accreditation standards.
  • Liaise with accrediting agencies and provide support during on-site assessments.
  • Facilitate continuous improvement initiatives to maintain accreditation status.

Recruiting and Hiring

  • Develop and implement recruitment strategies to attract qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds.
  • Coordinate recruitment events, job fairs, and outreach programs to engage with potential applicants.
  • Manage the application and selection process, including screening, testing, and interviewing candidates.
  • Conduct background investigations and thorough vetting of applicants.
  • Provide guidance and support to candidates throughout the hiring process.

Agency Training

  • Design and develop comprehensive training programs tailored to the needs of the police force, including recruit training, ongoing professional development, and specialized skills training.
  • Deliver training courses based on established curriculum, covering areas such as law enforcement tactics, firearms proficiency, crisis intervention, and community policing.
  • Stay abreast of changes in laws, regulations, and best practices within law enforcement to ensure training content remains relevant and effective.
  • Regularly assess and evaluate the effectiveness of training programs through examinations, simulations, and feedback mechanisms to identify areas for improvement.
  • Oversee administrative tasks related to training, such as scheduling, resource allocation, and maintaining training records.
  • Provide ongoing training and development opportunities for instructors to enhance their teaching skills and subject matter expertise.
  • Integrate modern technology and instructional methods into training programs to enhance learning outcomes and efficiency.
  • Offer specialized training for units such as SWAT, K-9, and hostage negotiation teams to ensure they are equipped to handle unique and high-risk situations.

Professional Standards

  • Receive and investigate complaints and allegations of misconduct or violations of department policies and procedures.
  • Conduct thorough and impartial internal investigations, including interviews, evidence collection, and analysis.
  • Ensure transparency and fairness throughout the disciplinary process.
  • Develop and implement training programs on ethical conduct and professional standards.
  • Collaborate with external oversight bodies and legal authorities as needed.

Police Records

  • Maintain accurate and comprehensive records of all department activities, including incidents, arrests, and investigations.
  • Ensure compliance with legal requirements and regulations governing recordkeeping.
  • Respond to requests for information from internal stakeholders, external agencies, and the public.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures for the secure storage and retrieval of records.
  • Utilize technology and database systems to efficiently manage and organize records.