With over twenty-six years of experience in law enforcement, Harvey A. Barnwell is an expert and leader in his field. As Deputy Chief of Detectives, reporting directly to the Chief of Detectives, Barnwell oversees the daily operations of the Investigative Staff at the Union County Prosecutor’s Office (UCPO), and manages all internal investigations conducted through the Office’s Professional Standards Unit.
Prior to his appointment as Deputy Chief, Barnwell spent nineteen years at UCPO, serving twelve years in supervisory roles, most recently as Captain of the Criminal Case Control Unit and Homicide Task Force. Since July 2020, Barnwell has also temporarily served as Officer in Charge of the Clark Police Department.
Before becoming Captain, Barnwell served as Lieutenant of the Homicide Task Force for four years where he supervised the Unit’s three Sergeants, ten Detectives, and supported six Assistant Prosecutors; and as Lieutenant of the Criminal Case Control Unit for one year, where he supervised the Unit’s three Sergeants, eighteen Detectives, and supported eighteen Assistant Prosecutors across the agency.
Much of Barnwell’s tenure at UCPO has been spent in the Homicide Task Force, beginning as a Detective, where, between 2003-2009, he investigated twenty-three homicides and solved twenty-one with a 91.3% solve rate and 100% conviction rate. As Barnwell rose through UCPO’s ranks, he oversaw the Task Force as Sergeant for three years, Lieutenant for four years, and Captain for two years.
Beginning his career in law enforcement as a Patrol Officer and later Detective at the Irvington Police Department, Barnwell spent eight years with the agency. During his time in Essex County, Barnwell was assigned to several units and task forces including the Irvington Police Department Detective Bureau, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force, Irvington Police Department Narcotics Unit, and Irvington Police Department Patrol Unit.
Throughout his career, Barnwell has investigated suspicious deaths and motor vehicle fatalities; served as the lead detective on numerous homicides; and investigated and made arrests for narcotics violations, aggravated assaults, sexual assaults, car thefts, and robberies.
In addition to his decades of front-line law enforcement experience, Barnwell has pursued higher education and training opportunities to broadly expand his expertise. Barnwell is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Seton Hall University’s K-12 School Administration track Ed.D. Barnwell also holds an Education Specialist Degree, ED.S in Police Studies from Seton Hall University; a Master of Administrative Science Degree from Fairleigh Dickenson University; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Thomas Edison College, and an Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Essex County College. Barnwell graduated from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Academy in 2017. Barnwell is currently an adjunct professor at Union County College and instructor at the Union County Police Academy