ACPO Chief of Atlantic County Investigators Bruce K. DeShields has served as a veteran law enforcement officer with now over 39 years of experience since he started his law enforcement career in 1982.
“As Chief DeShields celebrates his 39th anniversary, his career has spanned twice as long as many of those in law enforcement," Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said. "He has an energy and passion for this profession that is unmatched.”
Chief DeShields has 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 Commanders Investigation Program, the State Narcotics Commanders Association, South Jersey Narcotics Association and the United States Marshall’s Service Fugitive Task Force.
Prior to his service with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Chief DeShields served as a Patrol Officer with the Riverside Township Police, the State of New Jersey Human Services Police Department and the Richard Stockton University Police Department.
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 in 2011.