The detective bureau handles investigations related to all crimes committed within Hopewell Township and Hopewell Borough. Detectives also conduct background investigations for licensing, permits, firearms and employment screening related to public safety.
Three full-time detectives staff the bureau; they are supervised by a lieutenant.
Personnel currently assigned to the Detective Bureau and their extensions are listed below:
Lt. William Springer, extension 516
Lt. William Springer commands the unit. He assigns cases, reviews reports and oversees all investigations conducted by the detective bureau. Lt. Springer has the additional responsibilities of conducting internal investigations, conducting random drug testing of officers, recruiting, and supervising the department’s records bureau and the discovery section.
Detective Frank Tulko, extension 536
Detective Louis Vastola, extension 532
Detective responsibilities include follow-up investigations, surveillance, interrogation, evidence collection/crime scene processing, evidence management, issuance of residential identification cards and firearms purchaser ID card investigations. Detectives also assist the traffic unit on investigations involving very serious or fatal motor vehicle crashes.
Detective Michael Sherman, extension 523
The juvenile detective investigates and processes all juvenile matters handled by the police department. Typically, these cases initially begin with uniform officers from the patrol division; they are turned over to the juvenile detective for follow-up. The juvenile detective works closely with the NJ Department of Children and Families as well as the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office on investigations involving mistreatment and neglect of children. The juvenile detective also serves as the liaison officer in the Timberlane Middle School and the Hopewell Valley Central High School.