MAYS LANDING- ACPO staff said farewell on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, to Chief of County Detectives Daren J. Dooley who retired after a 25 year career in law enforcement and serving 16 of those years as chief of detectives in the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. He is the longest tenured Chief of County Investigators in the State of New Jersey. ACPO staff said goodbye to Chief Dooley with a retirement clap-out ceremony at the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office building on Wednesday afternoon.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank Chief Daren J. Dooley for his twenty-five years of service to our community as a law enforcement officer, serving sixteen years as Chief of County Investigators. Chief Dooley, a graduate of the FBI National Academy, set a standard of excellence which all in our agency should strive to follow. I want to personally thank him for his friendship and guidance over the past 2 ½ years of my term as Prosecutor. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office would like to wish him a long, happy, and healthy retirement. It is well earned,” said Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner.
Chief of County Detectives Daren J. Dooley currently commands the Detective Division of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. The Division consists of the Investigations, Litigation, and Administration Sections. The Investigations Section consists of 11 specialized units including the Major Crimes Squad (Homicide, Crash Investigations, Forensics, and Drug Related Death Investigations), Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force, Special Victims Unit (Child Abuse and Sexual Assault), Arson Task Force, Official Corruption, Intelligence and Homeland/School Security Unit, Financial Crimes, and High Technology Criminal Investigations. The Litigation Section consists of both sworn and civilian personnel assigned to support the Trial, Grand Jury, Appellate & Civil Litigation functions of the Prosecutor’s Office. The Administration Section is responsible for the budget and personnel functions of the agency. These Sections are managed by Superior Officers who report to the Chief. The Chief of County Detectives reports directly to the Prosecutor.
Chief Dooley was promoted to Chief of County Detectives by former Atlantic County Prosecutor Jeffrey S. Blitz in 2004 and has served as Chief under former Atlantic County Prosecutors Theodore F.L. Housel, James P. McClain and Acting Prosecutor Diane M. Ruberton. He continues to serve as Chief under current Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner. He is the longest tenured Chief of County Detectives in the State of New Jersey.
Chief Dooley began his career in law enforcement in 1994, hired as an Investigator in the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. Chief Dooley worked in numerous units including Litigation, Financial Crimes, Major Crimes, Crimes Against Children, Narcotics, Administration, and has served as a member and team leader of the Emergency Response Team. He has held a variety of supervisory positions including Sergeant of County Investigators, Lieutenant of County Investigators, Captain of County Investigators, Deputy Chief and Chief of County Investigators.
Chief Dooley is a life-long resident of Atlantic County. He is a graduate of Holy Spirit High School and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Salisbury University, and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from St. Joseph’s University. He is a graduate of the Atlantic County Police Academy and the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice Modified Basic Course for Investigators. Chief Dooley is also a graduate of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police West Point Command and Leadership Program and has served as an instructor for the program. Chief Dooley is a graduate of the 241st Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and has earned the designation of Certified Chief Law Enforcement Executive (CCLEE) by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police. He has also served as an instructor in the areas of firearms, chemical agents, officer survival, and interview and interrogation.
Chief Dooley is a member of the Atlantic County Association of Chiefs of Police and past President of the Association. He is also an active member of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and a member and past President of the Chief of County Detectives/Investigators Association of New Jersey. Chief Dooley serves as a member of various law enforcement advisory boards and local community organizations and committees.