Bias Unit Presentation
Bias Crimes Unit
(Approximately 1 hour)
Bias crimes are taken very seriously by New Jersey law enforcement and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. They are approached with an understanding that bias incidents require special handling by the law enforcement community. Further, suspected or confirmed bias crimes are investigated in a timely fashion, with special attention paid to victim assistance and community relations in order to reduce victim trauma and community tension or fear.
To that end, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Bias Crimes Unit, has dedicated resources to investigate all incidents of alleged bias crimes and prosecute those responsible for committing these crimes. In addition to its primary functions of investigating and prosecuting bias crimes, the Bias Crimes Unit also provides training on bias crimes interdiction and investigation to county, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
Many of the cases referred to the Bias Crimes Unit are committed by juveniles. Because the offenders in these cases are young, it is the Bias Crimes Unit’s primary goal to educate the juveniles on the destructive nature of bias crimes. This presentation was designed to do just that – teach about negative bias and the harsh consequences it may cause them and their communities.