Advanced Services Unit (ASU)

Advanced Services Unit

The Matawan Police Department Advanced Services Unit (ASU), formed January 2011, provides advanced response to incidents that require specialized training or equipment, such as vehicle extrication, water rescue and tactical response situations (active shooter, armed encounters etc.).

The Advanced Services Unit is a unit within the Patrol Division and is supervised by a Patrol Sergeant. There are five trained ASU officers with one officer each being assigned to one of four Patrol Squads. The fifth ASU officer serves as an alternate in the event an additional ASU officer is needed for a specific detail or event. The ASU officers are trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s) and receive advanced training beyond that of the normal patrol officer/first responder.

The ASU vehicle contains various types of specialized equipment such as the Holmatro tool (“Jaws of life”), Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), automatic weaponry, ballistic shields, rappelling ropes and water rescue equipment.