The Confidential Investigations Unit (“CIU”) is responsible for the investigation of complaints involving Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office personnel, the county’s law enforcement executives, internal affairs unit commanders, public officials and other matters involving confidentiality and integrity. CIU additionally investigates the backgrounds of prospective employees to ensure that only the highest quality of individuals are hired, implements the drug testing policy, trains police recruits on internal affairs issues and trains the county’s internal affairs investigators on the New Jersey Attorney General’s Internal Affairs Policy and Procedures.
Beyond the initial training of the county’s internal affairs investigators, CIU continues to offer support, guidance and supervision to all law enforcement agencies in the county during the investigation of their cases. This assistance, rather than automatic supersession, allows individual departments to effectively police and discipline their own personnel. This practice instills a confidence in the citizenry that their local police agencies have the ability to act upon a complaint and that intervention from an outside agency is not needed to ensure that a fair result is ultimately achieved. In those rare occasions when a conflict of interest arises in another agency, CIU stands ready to act as the neutral and impartial investigator of the complaint.