The Vice Unit Investigates narcotic/controlled dangerous substances (CDS), alcohol and beverage control and prostitution activities throughout and/or linked to the City. These activities consist of, but are not limited to, the following: Working in a cooperative effort with other agencies, covert surveillance, intelligence gathering, undercover officers and use of informants and/or search warrants.
- Federal Bureau of Investigations Safe Streets Task Force (SSTF) – program is designed to eliminate threats and violence in communities across the country.
- Federal Bureau of Investigations Innocence Lost Task Force (ILTF) – addresses criminal enterprises involved in the domestic sex trafficking of children.
- New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF) – Interdict and disrupt organized, criminal Street Gangs based in Atlantic City, as well as related crimes of violence, and crimes involving the use, sale, or wholesale distribution of firearms and/or narcotics.
Narcotic/CDS (Controlled Dangerous Substance) Investigations
Involve cases for the illegal selling, buying and possession of dangerous drugs or narcotics. Additionally, narcotic investigations stop illicit narcotics by way of interdiction. Interdiction may occur at local bus stations, seaport terminals, storage complexes, training to work in provide service in respect to providing services, enhanced assistance with motels, hotels and/or upon highways, roadways or package delivery services. Large investigations pertaining to the importation, distribution, and financing of major illegal narcotics are conducted by Vice Unit personnel into individuals and organizations involved in these activities.
These large investigations may be in cooperation with local, county, state and/or federal agencies for prosecution in all appropriate judicial systems. The identification, suppression and control of illegal street level narcotic activities (open-air markets) are conducted on a short-term basis. Street level drug dealers are besieged by street surveillance, consensual arrests, buy/bust arrests, reversals and takedown arrests. The Vice Unit occasionally assigns officers to work with the local Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Task Force investigating federal narcotics cases in the metropolitan area. The Vice Unit may also cooperate with the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Task Force to investigate narcotics cases involving illegal firearms violations.
Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC)
ABC has the full authority to inspect and investigate licensees and the conduct of activities under the license and on the licensed premises. Any special event that includes alcohol consumption is also subject to investigation and sign off by ABC Unti. ABC may conduct inspections without a search warrant and all records must be available and produced to them upon demand. Failure to do so can result in a charge of hindering an investigation. Also included within the purview of ABC, is the investigation of Bingo and Raffle games.
Raffle permits must be checked to ascertain if the organization is in fact a viable entity. Raffle ticket composition must comply with N.J.S.A. 13:47.8.8. The applicant must also have a valid registration with The State of New Jersey Legalized Games of Chance Commission pursuant to N.J.S.A. 5:8-6. Bingo games also come under this jurisdiction and must be checked to ascertain that monies paid out for the games do not exceed state guidelines, and that the proper protocols are followed in the set up and calling of the games.
Primary emphasis on enforcement of crimes related to street prostitution. Prostitution crimes include an offer and agree to an act of prostitution, prostitution loitering, patronizing a prostitute, adult entertainment, escort services and promoting prostitution. Additionally, prostitution investigations continue to place emphasis on investigating internet prostitution and arresting and prosecuting street level persons who solicit customers for a prostitute or a brothel.
Gathers an information base that meets the needs of our agency in carrying out our efforts to protect the public and suppress criminal operations. Intelligence brings an equitable balance between the civil rights and liberties of citizens and the needs of law enforcement to collect and disseminate criminal intelligence on the conduct of persons and groups who may be engaged in systematic criminal activity. Additionally, the Intelligence Unit may assist with background investigations and executive protection, as defined above or act as the Municipal Counter Terrorism Coordinator (MCTC).
- MCTC – is to act as a liaison between the Atlantic County Counter Terrorism Coordinator and all state and federal law enforcement agencies regarding all matters related to counter terrorism.
- Federal Bureau of Investigations Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) – is a partnership between various U.S. law enforcement agencies that are charged with taking action against terrorism, which includes the investigation of crimes such as wire fraud and identity theft.
- United States Marshalls Regional Fugitive Task Force (RFTF) – through interagency cooperation, the RFTF conducts investigations and apprehends the region's most dangerous and violent fugitives.
Directed Patrol AKA "TAC"
Tactical patrol entails an increase in enforcement resources and activity, for a finite period of time, with a geographic focus – that is, targeting “hot spots” of crime – and (typically) an offense focus.
If you wish to provide a complaint regarding drug activity, please call the Vice Unit at 609-347-5858 or text anonymously to TIP411 (847411). Begin the text with ACPD.