Toms River Township Police Department

  • Agency: Toms River Township Police Department
  • Address: 255 Oak Ave, Toms River, 08753 NJ
  • Chief:
Phone: 732-349-0150

Toms River Township Police Department is located at 255 Oak Ave, Toms River, 08753 NJ. The Toms River Township Police Department phone number is 732-349-0150.

Toms River Township Police Department News

On October 31 at approximately 8:45 PM, during the annual Toms River Halloween Parade, Harold Oswald, 80 year old from Willow Grove, PA, was operating a miniature gas powered cart along the parade route. While performing various maneuvers in the roadway, Mr. Oswald lost control of the cart, causing it to tip. He was thrown from the cart, striking his head on the pavement. Mr. Oswald was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center with a skull fracture and is listed as critical but stable condition. It was also discovered that Mr. Oswald was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, nor was the cart equipped with safety belts. Due to the popularity of this annual event, it is believed that some parade-goers may have possession of a video of the incident which would aid in determining the cause of the crash. If any residents have video of the accident, please forward to Ptl. Gambardella at

On October 31, 2018 at approximately 11:00 AM, multiple police units were dispatched to the bus shelter located at the corner of Hooper Ave and Fischer Blvd for a suspicious package. The area was shut down as a precautionary measure until the package could be examined. New Jersey State Police Bomb Squad responded and determined there was no threat. The area was deemed safe and the roads have been reopened. Investigating detectives: Detective John Turner, Detective Louis Santora and Detective John Bajcic

The Toms River Police Department is taking precautionary measures to check out a suspicious incident in the area of Fischer Blvd and Hooper Avenue. For the moment, traffic patterns will be altered in this area. Please use alternate routes.

To All Residents of Toms River, In light of the current climate the world faces and the safety concerns raised by the recent attack on a house of worship in Pittsburg, I’d like to personally assure every member of our community that the Toms River Police Department understands your safety needs and will continue to take a measured response to any potential threat, to any individual or group, at any level, presented in our town, and identical to that of prior mass casualty events and acts of terrorism that have occurred. If the threat level to our residents were to increase, security measures would certainly be increased. It is imperative that we respond correctly and with the proper level of force in situations such as this. The cooperation of the community is very important. If you see something, say something. If you have experienced an incident personally, I urge you to contact the Toms River Police Department at 732-349-0150. Every complaint we receive is dealt with extreme care and concern. Stay Vigilant, Stay Safe. Chief Mitchell A. Little

Please be careful as you trick or treat tonight. Motorist, use extra caution driving through neighborhoods where children will be. Have fun and, as always, be safe!

Thank you Paul Melega for this artwork!

We are seeking the public’s assistance to locate the pictured vehicle which was stolen in the early morning hours of October 28th. Anyone with information can contact Ptl. Lammer at 732-349-0150 x 1407. Thank you

"Malloween" at the Ocean County Mall was so fun. We were definitely impressed, the costumes were amazing and it was awesome to see all the smiling faces! Thank you to everyone who stopped by our table for some Halloween treats.

Residents are encouraged to stay off the roadways due to anticipated travel issues including downed trees and potential flooding especially on the barrier island. Please also stay indoors due to potential of flying debris. Have a great weekend and, as always, stay safe!

This week Andy Chase from 105.7 The Hawk has been living on a billboard at the Target / Lowes shopping center on Hooper Ave to raise money for Ocean of Love to assist families in Ocean County who have children with cancer. Andy pledged to stay on the billboard for 105 hours and he is not coming down until he raises $105,700.00! This is Ocean of Love's 20th year doing the Billboard Radiothon and Andy's 11th year living on the billboard, although he has part of the mission for 17 years! Last night a parade of first responders from Ocean Beach, Silverton, East Dover, Toms River companies 1 & 2 and Pleasant Plains fire companies, as well as, Toms River CSO's, EMS, Toms River police and fire dispatchers and the Toms River Police Department presented Andy Chase with a check for $10,561.00 for Ocean of Love! Over the last 20 years the billboard event has raised a total of $2,063,829.00 (not including this year) This year's total - $127,956.00! "Ocean of Love is a non-profit, charitable 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to helping Ocean County children with cancer and their families. Our purpose is to assist the children through their illness. We provide financial and emotional support so that they can experience the "norma" joys of childhood, knowing their lives are significant and meaningful to each and every one of us." ~ Ocean of Love For more photos and video go to our Instagram - Don't forget to follow us on Instagram:

***** UPDATE - Bridge is open ***** The Mathis Bridge is currently stuck. Please avoid the Route 37 corridor going to the barrier island until further notice.

Be sure to stop by and see us today between 4-7pm at The Ocean County Mall for their annual Malloween Trick or Treat!

We'd like to give a shout-out to the Citta Elementary students who showed "Citta Style" through various acts of respect, kindness and compassion. Today they had Cookies with a Cop and learned about Officer Mike and spent some time with Sergeant Bachonski.

Last night Chief Little attended the RAFT "Fabric of Our Community Quilt" unveiling at Mancini Hall in the Ocean County Library. RAFT stands for Reaching Across Faith Traditions; their mission is to create a vibrant community that fosters respect, appreciation and friendship through shared knowledge of faiths. Patches represent all of the cultures in our community, all of which contribute to Toms River being a wonderful place to live!

At approximately 1:30 PM on Monday, October 22, 2018, Toms River Police units were dispatched to the Home Depot on Rt. 9 and Rt. 571 for an unruly shoplifter. The suspect fled onto Parkway South from Route 9 as our officers arrived. Shortly after entering the parkway, the suspect vehicle crashed and the driver fled on foot across the GSP east, crossing the north-bound lanes. The suspect and an accomplice have been identified. Due to the nature of this on-going investigation we are not releasing further information at this time. Toms River Police Department is working closely with Home Depot, the New York City Police Department and New York State Police. The media and the public are reminded that criminal charges are accusations only. Every criminal defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court.

On Sunday evening the Toms River Police Department was contacted by the Lakewood Police Department to request assistance in locating a subject they identified as “Dominique Holly”. Lakewood Police advised that Mr. Holly had eluded them in a vehicle earlier in the day. As a result of the Lakewood investigation an arrest warrant had been issued for Mr. Holly. At approximately 1:00 AM Monday morning Mr. Holly and the vehicle being sought by the Lakewood Police were located in the area of Hooper Avenue and Rt. 37. Toms River Police Officers attempted to stop the vehicle; however the vehicle fled eastbound on Rt. 37 at a high rate of speed. Given the danger presented to the public the officer’s terminated the pursuit. Later on Monday afternoon the police were summoned to the Ocean County Mall on an unrelated investigation. While in the mall parking lot, officers located Holly, as well as the vehicle he was driving when he eluded police earlier in the day. Holly was taken into custody on the outstanding Lakewood arrest warrant without incident and transported to police HQ. The vehicle Holly was operating was impounded. As a result of the Toms River investigation Holly was additionally charged with eluding, obstruction by flight, as well as a host of motor vehicle offenses. The investigation was conducted by Toms River Police Officers Brian Jarka, James Colline, and John Minor, with the assistance of the Detective Bureau. Mr. Holly is currently in Ocean County Jail pending hearing. The media and the public are reminded that criminal charges are accusations only. Every criminal defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court.

Be on the lookout We are currently seeking the public's assistance in locating the pictured male. He is wanted in questioning after a shoplifting incident. Last seen on Route 9 in Toms River. Anyone with any information please contact us at 732-349-0150 x 1020

Congratulations Bradley D. Billhimer, our new Ocean County Prosecutor. We look forward to working closely with Prosecutor Bilhimer in his new endeavor. Please like and share their new page to keep up to date with the Office of the Prosecutor.

Kean University honored several area Police Traffic Officers with certificates acknowledging their experience and expertise in the field of Traffic Safety. The brief ceremony was at the Ocean County Police Traffic Officers Meeting in Toms River NJ. Traffic Safety Officer Adam Koeppen received the Traffic Safety Specialist Level – I Leadership designation. The Traffic Safety Specialist (TSS) program was first established in Maryland to recognize police officers who had attained notable experience, education, training, and proficiency in Highway Safety Enforcement methods and procedures. Eligibility involves officers enrolling in the program and submitting documentation on employment, completion of appropriate certifications, and permission of employers. Requirements for Level 1 include three years of independent patrol experience, speed detection device certification, standard field sobriety certification, and 30 points of earned electives. One elective point is awarded for each year of military service. Also, points are awarded for documented college experience. This voluntary program was first piloted through the Ocean County Police Traffic Officers Association in February 2016 by Lieutenant Chris Dudzik of Toms River Police Department and assisted in the development along with Sergeant Antonio Ellis of Manchester Police Department. There are over 100 awardees in New Jersey. Officers are also participating in TSS Level 2, which involves the development and implementation of a technical study to improve traffic safety conditions in the sponsoring community. Congratulations Officer Koeppen and all of the recipients!

We cannot thank the entire Toms River Regional Schools community enough for their support of our Police Department and the Toms River PBA 137 Vest Fund! Seeing all of the awesome photos of the children and staff who dressed in blue in support of us was beyond heartwarming! Thank you to all of the staff who made a donation to our vest fund to help subsidize the cost of our officers’ bullet proof vests. Each vest is about $1200.00 and needs to be replaced every 5 years when they expire. This year was the first year Toms River Regional Schools, as a whole, participated in our Vest-A-Cop fundraising event. It was their generosity that raised $5057.00 for our vest fund! When we asked Mr. Healy about purchasing a vest we never expected this! “Under the leadership of Chief Mitch Little, Toms River Police Department provides an invaluable service to our school community,” said Superintendent David Healy. “Their Vest-A-Cop campaign provided a way for our district to honor not just TRPD, but the departments of Beachwood, Pine Beach, and South Toms River as well, which our students and staff were clearly thrilled to do by wearing blue during our district-wide ‘True Blue Monday.’ As is typical, our teachers and staff rose to the occasion from a fundraising standpoint, and we are proud and honored to contribute more than $5,000 to TRPD’s Vest-A-Cop effort. We hope this contribution serves to further protect those brave men and women who protect us each and every day.” Thank you to everyone in the Toms River Regional Schools community!

Officer Gambardella explains that police officers are aproachable and always there to help.

We were truly honored to be invited to Silver Bay Elementary School for their Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony presented by their 4th grade students. This touching ceremony was filled with the children's ideas of what peace looks like to them. They sang and signed What A Wonderful World and ended with Put A Little Love In Your Heart. Thank you to all the children who are setting this awesome example for all! #whatawonderfulworld #putalittleloveinyourheart #peacepole

On October 15, 2018 at approximately 6:15 PM, a 17 year old male from Forked River was injured when he struck a utility pole in a one car accident on New Hampshire Ave, just south of North Maple Ave. He suffered several non-life threatening in injuries in the collision and was taken to Community Medical Center by Lakewood EMS. Verizon utility crews were on scene replacing the pole and New Hampshire Ave was shut down for several hours causing a traffic backup during rush hour. Traffic Safety Officer Mark Nater is investigating the cause of the collision. The juvenile was charged with careless driving. The media and the public are reminded that criminal charges are accusations only. Every criminal defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court.

Thank you Matthew for sharing this with us!