Field Operations
K-9/Bomb Disposal Unit

The Essex County Sheriff’s K-9 and Bomb Disposal Unit were established in 1987 as a part-time unit. Due to the increased call volume, the unit became a full-time 24/7 operational unit in 1994. Currently a captain commands the unit along with a sergeant overseeing each squad. All members of the unit work as one, responding to all calls for service, whether bomb or K-9.

Bureau of Narcotics

The Essex County Sheriff’s Bureau of Narcotics (SBON) is the second oldest law enforcement unit of its type in New Jersey. Only the Newark Police Department’s Narcotics Bureau has more longevity.

Patrol Division

Due to Sheriff Fontoura’s acknowledged expertise in public safety matters, the Essex County Executive and the Board of Chosen Freeholders transferred what was once the Essex County Division of Police to the Sheriff’s Office on May 10, 1997.