Chief of Union County Prosecutor’s Office, Harvey Barnwell

Since October of 2002, I have been serving in the capacity of an employee at the Union County Prosecutor’s Office. At this point in time, I have been working in law enforcement for a total of 29 years, of which I have spent 15 years in a supervisory role. In my present role, I am the acting Officer in charge (OIC) of the Clark Police Department in addition to holding the position of Chief of Detectives at the Union County Prosecutor’s Office (UCPO), where I am responsible for supervising the day-to-day operations of the investigative team.

My promotion to the position of Lieutenant in the Criminal Case Control Unit took effect on February 12, 2018. My responsibilities include, but are not limited to, supervising three Detective Sergeants and seventeen detectives, as well as providing support to eighteen Assistant Prosecutors working in a variety of units, including the Trial Unit, Megan’s Law, Bail Reform, the Juvenile Unit, and the Domestic Violence Unit. Prior to that, I served on the Homicide Task Force. My duties included, but were not limited to, the supervision of three Detective Sergeants, six Union County Prosecutor’s Detectives, and four Task Force Detectives; supported six Assistant Prosecutors with homicides, suspicious deaths, baby deaths, and motor vehicle fatalities; and serving as the lead detective on several old homicides (1976 homicide of Lena Triano and 2005 homicide of Williametta Moore).

In September of 2008, I became an acting supervisor and remained in that position for two years and six months, being so promoted to the rank of Sergeant in July of 2010.  Prior to my assignment to homicide, I was assigned to the Criminal Case Management Unit.  Previously, I was employed by the Irvington Police Department for a period of eight years and two months. 

During my time with the Irvington Police Department, I was assigned to several units and county 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 Patrol Unit. 

I have conducted countless investigations and made arrests for different drug offenses, aggravated assaults, sexual assaults, carjackings, robberies, and murders.

In addition to my many years of experience as a police officer on the front lines, I’ve also taken advantage of several educational and training opportunities. Currently, I am an Ed.D. Dissertation candidate in the K-12 School Administration program at Seton Hall University. I also have a Master’s in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Thomas Edison College, an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice from Essex County College, and a Master’s in Education from Seton Hall University. In 2017, I completed my studies at the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Academy and earned my police officer’s certification.

I teach at the Union County Police Academy and as an adjunct lecturer at Union County College.

Experience

Chief of the Union County Prosecutor’s Officer June 2021- present

Officer in charge of the Clark Police Department July 2020 – present

Years at UCPO:  20

Years in Law Enforcement:  29

Current Rank of Deputy Chief:  Acting 11/2020, Official 3/1/21

Years as Captain:  2

Years as Lieutenant:  5

Years as Sergeant:  3

1994-2002 Irvington Police Department, Patrol, Detective. Narcotics, Gun report coordinator

1997-1999 Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Narcotics

1999-2002 Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force

2002-2003 Union County Prosecutor’s Office Criminal Case Unit

2003-2018 Union County Prosecutor’s Office, Homicide Task Force

2018-July 2018 Union County Prosecutor’s Office, Criminal Case Control Unit

July 2018-Present Union County Prosecutor’s Office, Criminal Case Control Unit, and Homicide