Deputy Chief of Detectives, Jose Vendas

In January 1999, I was admitted to the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice Academy in Sea Girt.  After successfully completing the Academy, I was assigned to the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor. I was also an In-Service and Recruit Class Instructor at the Division of Criminal Justice Academy and a member of the Attorney General Shooting Response Team, which investigated police-involved shooting incidents.

In June of 2007, I joined the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.  I was assigned to the Criminal Case Control Unit until June of 2008 and then briefly assigned to the Insurance Fraud Unit.  In September of 2008, I was assigned to the Homicide Task Force where I remained until March of 2021.  I was tasked with investigating homicides, suspicious deaths, infant deaths, drug induced/strict liability deaths, motor vehicle fatalities and police involved shootings when a death occurred.  I have also been assigned to special investigations from time to time. 

In January of 2018, I was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in command of the Homicide Task Force overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Unit.

In March of 2021, I was promoted to the rank of Captain and have been overseeing both the Homicide Task Force and the Special Victims Unit.

In recent years I have taken numerous courses taught by the Penn State Justice and Safety Institute and the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, with a range of topics including: High Impact Supervision, Police Executive, Leadership Program for Middle Management and Contemporary Issues in Police Administration, to name a few.