MAYS LANDING- The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police has awarded certification status for Accredited Command Executive to Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Captain Kevin B. Hincks, Captain Brian J. Lee and Lieutenant Matthew E. Paley.

“The only way we can truly achieve reform in our criminal justice system is through education, professionalism, and accountability.  Captain Hincks, Captain Lee, and Lt. Paley are leaders within the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office who have forged a path for others to follow in their footsteps.  The information they have learned can be spread down through the ranks which will re-enforce the strength of the entire agency,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said.

Certification Status is effective for a period of three years. At the end of that period, Command Executives and Chiefs of Police must show they have maintained the training and leadership standards since their initial award of certification. Achieving Command Executives join a select group, only thirty three percent (33%) of state police chiefs are certified; and only twenty nine percent (29%) of municipalities have certified command executives.

“We are proud of the accomplishments of Captain Lee, Captain Hincks and Lieutenant Paley for their acceptance into the Accredited Command Executive Program.  It is a benefit for the members of the Detective Division to see that their Command Staff are always trying to improve in-order to make the agency stronger,” said Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Investigators Bruce DeShields.

ACPO Captain Kevin Hincks began his law enforcement career in Ocean City, NJ in 1992.  He began as a Class 1 and Class II Special Law Enforcement Officer and moved onto fulltime police officer status in 1995.  In November of 2001, he accepted a position with the United States Federal Air Marshal Service.  In December of 2003, Captain Hincks was hired by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.  As an investigator/detective he held assignments in the Trial Unit, Insurance Fraud Unit, Crash Investigations Unit, and the Major Crime Unit.  Captain Hincks was promoted to Detective Sergeant in February 2011 and assigned to the Crash Investigations Unit; and in August 2013 was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the Major Crime Unit; and in January 2016 he was promoted to Captain and assigned as the Commander of the Major Crime Section.  Captain Hincks was assigned to the Atlantic County Special Weapons and Tactics Team from 2008 until 2016.  Captain Hincks received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  He attended the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy – 268th Session, graduating in June of 2017.  Captain Hincks is a graduate of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Program.  Captain Hincks is currently the Commander of the Special Investigations Section / Office of Professional Standards and Accountability.

Captain Brian J. Lee began his law enforcement career in July 1996 with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in Florida as a Patrolman.  In December of 2000, he accepted a position with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office in the Grand Jury Unit and was assigned to the Trial Unit, Narcotics Strike Force, and Intelligence Unit. In February of 2011, he was promoted to Detective Sergeant of the Administration Unit.  In February of 2014, he was promoted to Lieutenant of County Detectives.  In January of 2019, he was promoted to Captain of County Detectives.  As Office Manager, Captain Lee develops and manages the annual budget for the agency and has gained extensive experience in managing technology and project management.

Captain Lee obtained his Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ in 1996.  In 2018, Captain Lee earned a Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ in 2018.  In 2013, he graduated the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Program.  In 2014, he graduated the Certified Public Manager Program through the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration and the New Jersey Civil Service Commission.

Captain Lee is a member of the Prosecutor’s Office Management Association and Past Vice-President. He is also a member of the National Technical Investigators’ Association and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association.

Lieutenant Paley began his career with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office in 2000, shortly after graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Rowan University.  He then went on to receive his master’s degree in 2003 from Seton Hall University.  During his time at ACPO, he has served in a variety of investigative and command assignments to include the Crimes Against Children Unit, Shooting Response Team, Intelligence/Homeland Security Unit and as a Federal Task Force Officer with the FBI-Atlantic City Resident Agency.  In his current role he serves as the Assistant Office Manager, responsible for infrastructure and business operations at the Prosecutor’s Office.  He also serves collateral assignments as a policy officer and as a member of the Internal Affairs function.  Lieutenant Paley is a graduate of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Program where he went on to serve as an instructor.  He is also a Certified Public Manager through Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration and New Jersey Civil Service Commission.  He is an active member of the New Jersey Prosecutor’s Office Management Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

The NJSACOP ACE Certification Program directly encourages New Jersey’s law enforcement executives to attain sanctioned benchmarks in pursuit of a recommended standard for police leadership that are measurable and attainable. By offering proof of these standards to NJSACOP Assessors, individual police leaders can attain NJSACOP Accredited Chief/Command Executive (ACE) Certification Status.

“The ACE Certification Program is in keeping with the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics, the 21st Century Report and Recommendations on Policing and the state association’s declared philosophy; the Certification Program measures essential proofs in three areas for the ACE and ACE-COP Certification, and in five areas for the ACE-COP Advanced Certification. If it is merited, NJACOP awards individual leadership accredited status based on those appraisals. The ACE Program also promotes and encourages continued education through ACE Re-Certification Program requirements,” NJSACOP ACE Chairman, Chief Stephen Beecher stated.


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