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 after starting his law enforcement career in 1982. ACPO’s First Prosecutor of Pleas John White was appointed in 1837 and 28 prosecutors have followed White as the Atlantic County Prosecutor. The ACPO’S first African American Atlantic County Chief of County Investigators— Bruce DeShields—was appointed on July 31, 2019, by Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner.
ACPO Capt. Chuck DeFebbo said he first met Chief DeShields sometime around 1982-1984, when he was a uniformed officer in the township of Hammonton.
“Most of my time was spent on the “midnight” shift, which was 11pm-7am and who would have thought that about 5 years later, our paths would again cross, this time at the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office,” Capt. DeFebbo said.
Capt. DeFebbo was hired at the ACPO in 1987 and Bruce was hired a few years later.
“Since that time, Bruce and I have worked together in various units of the office, where he would be my Lieutenant, Captain and now, my Chief. Bruce and I have worked together for the last 33 years. I’m proud to call him my friend and now, my Chief! I look forward to working with Chief DeShields for many more years,” Capt. DeFebbo said.
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 https://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.