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“Establishing Procedures for Juvenile Diversion and Complaint Approval” This directive focuses on specific juvenile diversion and charging procedures as provided in Attorney General Directive No. 2020-12.

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“Implementation of Regional Mutual Aid Protocol” This directive addresses the need for a regional mutual aid protocol among Bergen County law enforcement agencies.

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“Handle With Care” Regarding the Attorney General’s Directive No. 2020-9 Establishing “Statewide Handle With Care” Program, this directive mandates local law enforcement agencies’ responsibility to make Handle With Care notices when assisting non-local agencies.

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“Authorization for the Use of the Taser 7 with a Body Worn Camera” This directive authorizes Bergen County Law Enforcement’s use of either the TaserX2 with internal camera or body worn camera, or Taser 7 with a body worn camera, to record the firing/discharge.

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“Establishing and Coordinating Mandatory De-Escalation Training into Active Shooter Training” This directive mandates de-escalation training for all Bergen County law enforcement officers.

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“Regarding the Purchase, Implementation, and Use of Automated License Plate Readers” This directive establishes procedures for all Bergen County law enforcement agencies to follow regarding the Attorney General’s Directive 2010-5 and the use of the County’s Automated License Plate Reader Server.

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“Amendments to Civil Forfeiture Statutes and Procedures” This directive cites the information that must be collected and reported to the County Prosecutor’s Office by law enforcement agencies regarding the civil forfeiture of assets seized during criminal investigations in order to provide more public transparency.

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“Revisited Internal Affairs Procedures and Public Disclosure of Serious Law Enforcement Disciplinary Violations” This Directive is issued to address disparities in the way Bergen County police agencies conduct Internal Affairs investigations and address the uneven level of discipline imposed on police officers among the various agencies.  Attached to this Directive is Attorney General Directive 2020-5 that requires public disclosure of the identities of officers who commit serious disciplinary violations.

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“Law Enforcement Preparation and Response to COVID-19 – Coronavirus” This directive amends and supercedes Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Directives 2020-2, 2020-3, and 2020-5 which addressed Bergen County Law Enforcement’s preparation and response to COVID-19.

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“Law Enforcement Agency Advice to Self Report COVID-19 Positive/ Quarantined Status and/or TO Post Notice of COVID-19 Positive/Quarantined Status” No Bergen County law enforcement agency shall advise members of the public to identify as COVID-19 positive or quarantined when seeking police assistance, nor to provide any public notice of COVID-19 positive/quarantined status.

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