BLACK HISTORY MONTH: ACPO CHIEF ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR BUCKLEY REFLECTS ON CHIEF DESHIELDS MAKING HISTORY


MAYS LANDING- ACPO Chief Assistant Prosecutor Danielle Buckley said it was an honor in September to attend the swearing in of Chief of County Investigators Bruce DeShields who made history as ACPO’s first African American Chief.

“I have known Bruce for a very long time. Bruce is a committed and conscientious leader who has dedicated his career to public service and has strived to ensure that justice is done in each and every case,” said Chief Assistant Prosecutor Danielle Buckley said of Chief DeShields who has a law enforcement career spanning over three decades.

Chief DeShields has served the ACPO as a Captain of County Investigators, Lieutenant of County Investigators, Sergeant of County Investigators and County Investigator.

In his role as Captain of County Investigators, Chief DeShields served as the Commander of the Litigation Division, overseeing the ACPO Grand Jury Unit, Trial Unit, Special Litigation Unit, Juvenile Unit and County Crisis Negotiation Team. In this role, he was also responsible to assure the guidelines for the State of New Jersey Office of the Attorney General Bail Reform initiative goals are met.

Chief DeShields has served in Liaison roles to the NJ Attorney General’s Office NARCAN Program, the NJ Attorney General’s Prescription Fraud Investigation Program, the State Narcotics Commanders Association, South Jersey Narcotics Commanders Association and the United States Marshall’s Service Fugitive Task Force.

“Bruce is calm in the face of chaos, and is dependable and reliable. He has risen through the ranks and has earned the respect of his superiors and peers,” said Chief Assistant Prosecutor Buckley.

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Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

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