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“Regarding Viewing Tagged Body Worn Camera Recordings” On July 28, 2015, New Jersey Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman issued Law Enforcement Directive 2015-1 Regarding Police Body Worn Cameras (“BWCs”) and Stored BWC Recordings (“AG Directive”). The AG Directive, which is attached, sets forth statewide standards for the deployment and use of BWCs and recordings. This Directive is in response to a request by a Chief of Police to access “tagged” portions of BWC recordings.

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“Regarding Small-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)” The deployment of small-unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), commonly referred to as “drones,” has become more commonplace, especially by law enforcement. These systems offer strategic and tactical insight into on-going critical events that may assist in reducing injuries or death to those involved, and provide for more efficient handling of a variety of situations. However, as with any technology, it is imperative that agencies employing such systems have a formalized protocol for the proper use and prevention of misuse. This Directive provides that protocol.

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“Immediate Notification of Investigative Tips and Leads” In order to implement and give maximum effect to the New Jersey Attorney General issued update to Attorney General Directive No. 2016-7 in our county, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (“BCPO”) has established a Threat Management Unit within our Intelligence and Counterterrorism Unit to collect and coordinate information on potential terrorist activities and acts of violence as set forth in the Attorney General’s Update and to assist local law enforcement in investigating these activities.

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“Regarding the Retention of Videos Recorded by Law Enforcement” This directive is meant to address issues raised in two recent cases that define particular aspects of the State’s discovery obligations in Municipal and Superior Court cases.

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“Modifying the system of Complaint Approval” On October 11, 2016, the Attorney General issued Law Enforcement Directive No. 2016-6 “Establishing Interim Policies, Practices, and Procedures to Implement Criminal Justice Reform”. The AG Directive was adopted and made part of this Directive, both of which bind all law enforcement agencies operating in Bergen County and their officers (hereinafter “County LE Agencies”) effective January 1, 2017.

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“Policy on eScreening Implementation” By this directive, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (“BCPO”) is implementing an electronic screening protocol (“eScreening”) to allow for the timely transfer of case information from the charging agency to the BCPO. Not only will this process enable us all to better meet the many obligations arising from Criminal Justice Reform, but it will also help reduce the content burden on your agencies by, among other things, eliminating weekly screening trips to the BCPO and by automating the transfer of downgrade information to the appropriate municipal court.

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“Bergen County Nasal Narcan Program” Like many counties across the State of New Jersey, Bergen County has seen an increase in heroin and opioid-related overdoses and deaths over the last several years. Indeed, the number of such deaths would have been far greater if it were not for Naloxone (Narcan), which has been available to county law enforcement since 2014 and has been successful in reversing the effects of heroin and opioid overdoses in a significant number of cases.

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“Establishing A System of Complaint Approval” The Attorney General issued Law Enforcement Directive No. 2016- 6 “Establishing Interim Policies, Practices, and Procedures to Implement Criminal Justice Reform”. The AG Directive was adopted and made part of this Directive, both of which bind all law enforcement agencies operating in Bergen County and their officers (hereinafter “County LE Agencies”) effective January 1, 2017.

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“Regarding HART” The purpose of Directive 2017-3 (“Directive”) is to codify the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (“BCPO”) policy and procedures concerning the Heroin Addiction Recovery Team (“HART”), which is designed to direct those suffering from the disease of addiction towards recovery resources.

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“Mandatory Active Shooter Training” This Directive supplants Directives 2005-1 and 2013-1, and provides a framework to develop, implement, and constantly improve a unified active shooter policy in Bergen County.

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