MAYS LANDING- ACPO Chief of Atlantic County Investigators Bruce K. DeShields has served with the ACPO for over 30 years. Chief DeShields is a veteran law enforcement officer with over 37 years of law enforcement experience when he started his law enforcement career in 1982.
“Chief DeShields is the consummate law enforcement professional. With over 40 years of law enforcement experience, he is an accomplished homicide detective and leader. That he became the first Chief of County Detectives of African American descent is a testament to his character, work ethic, and commitment to Atlantic County. He has consistently broke down barriers, overcome obstacles and jumped over hurdles to become the best at his craft. We are proud to call him our colleague, but we are thankful for his leadership,” said Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner.
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.
As ACPO Captain of County Detectives, he also served on the Atlantic County Opiate Task Force, the Liaison with the State of New Jersey’s Opiate Initiative, the Coordinator for the Atlantic County Law Enforcement Naloxone Program and as the Team Leader of the Crisis Negotiation Unit.
Chief DeShields also served as the Commander of the ACPO Special Investigations Unit, which includes the ACPO Guns, Gangs and Narcotics Unit, Intelligence Unit and the Homeland Security and Crisis Negotiations Team.
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.
Chief DeShields previously served as an ACPO Lieutenant, commanding the ACPO Major Crime Unit and was in charge of all teams and sections, including: Homicide Unit, Forensics Unit, Arson Unit, Fatal Collision Unit and Drug-Related Death Investigations. Chief DeShields has also served as the on-scene commander of homicide investigations and on-scene supervisor of officer-involved shootings.
“I’ve known Chief Bruce DeShields since 1997. Chief DeShields is an honest, dedicated, loyal and sincere, Law Enforcement officer who has risen through the ranks from his tireless efforts of hard work and education to become the Chief of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Detective Division,” said Michael Graham, Agent of the Prosecutor and retired Atlantic City Police Detective.
“In 1997, I came to know Chief DeShields while assigned to the Major Crime Unit. During my time in Major Crime, I worked with Chief DeShields on numerous murder investigations and was immediately impressed with his interpersonal skills and how he was able to show compassion, empathy, connect, relate and talk to people whether they were witnesses or suspects. Chief DeShields’ hard work and dedication to his profession is a testament to the Chief Law Enforcement Executive he is today,” said Agent Graham.
Chief DeShields received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Phoenix. Chief DeShields received a Medal of Valor from the New Jersey State Chiefs of Police Association and he was nominated by the National Association of Police Organizations for the Top Cops Award 2011.