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Directives

Important Directives

 The following links are generally sorted chronologically, from most recent to least recent.  

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2017-5 "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.

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2017-4 "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.

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2017-3 "Reguarding 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.

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2017-2 "Investigation of Pursuits"

A Directive that requires each police agency to designate a superior officer who shall review each pursuit.   

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2017-1 "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.  

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 16-1 "Complaint Approval"

Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Law Enforcement Directive No.2016-1 establishing a system of complaint approval.

Authority for Bergen County Regional SWAT Team

A Directive modifying Directives 2010-1 and 2014-1 establishing primary authority for the Bergen County Regional SWAT Team and further providing for a unified K9 response within Bergen County. 

Juvenile Detention Decisions

When signing juvenile delinquency complaints for offenses that would be a first or second degree crime if committed by an adult, All agencies shall follow the procedures stated within this document. 

Creation and Authority for Bergen County Regional SWAT Team

A Directive modifying Directives 2010-1 and Providing for the Creation and Authority for Bergen County Regional SWAT Team. 

Procedures for Obtaining Evidence in DWI cases

This Directive will ensure that proper procedures are followed in properly and lawfully obtaining evidence that will secure convictions. 

Mandatory Use of Video Training in Active Shooter Participation

Directive supplementing BCPO Directive 2005-1 and New Jersey Attorney General Directive 2007-1 to provide for a mandatory use of video training for Active Shooter Participation. 

Manner with Which Eyewitness Identifications are Conducted and Recorded

In State v. Henderson, 208 N.J. 208 (2011), the New Jersey Supreme Court analyzed the science behind identifications and in so doing rewrote the law relating to the manner with which eyewitness identifications are conducted and recorded. 

Data Entry to the Bergen County Criminal Case Prosecution Computer System

Bergen County Law Enforcement, being at the forefront of Information Technology for many years, has been submitting and tracking criminal case prosecution activities in a countywide system for approximately 40 years. The more recent introduction of the E-CDR by the State of New Jersey caused a duplication of effort requiring the same information to be manually entered into two disparate systems. The Bergen County Prosecutor`s Office will be commissioning a new criminal case prosecution system called InfoShare, which will eliminate the need for duplicate data entry. 

Report and Recommendations on the Fundraising and Expenditures of Volunteer Fire Departments

Report on the fundraising activities and expenditures of representative volunteer fire departments throughout Bergen County and recommendations for implementation of additional financial accountability. 

Countywide Records Management Information Sharing System

This Directive is intended to maintain the integrity of the information within C.O.B.R.A. and by relay the integrity of the data that Bergen County Law Enforcement provides to the state and national information sharing systems. 

Directive to Establish and Require a Uniform Set of SWAT Training Standards

This Directive is to establish and require a uniform set of SWAT Training Standards and to provide for the continuing assessment and maintenance thereof. 

Procedure for Taking Citizen Complaints

As a result of the implementation of the E-CDR system, the New Jersey State Police are no longer supplying this Office with blank CDR forms. This Directive sets forth the procedure for taking citizen complaints. 

Law Enforcement Operations of the Bergen County SPCA

Regarding Law Enforcement [ONLY] operations of the Bergen County SPCA and the Bergen County Animal Cruelty Task Force including provisions for the creation and operation thereof, superceding a previous Memorandum of Understanding ["MOU"] dated December 17, 2004. 

Active Shooter Policy Initative

Please be advised that, effective immediately, it shall be the policy of law enforcement in Bergen County that a unified and consistent active shooter policy exists and which shall apply to all sworn law enforcement officers responding to an Active Shooter situation within the County in accordance therewith. 

Minimum Procedures for the Use of Mobile and Video Equipment Installed in Patrol Cars

The purpose of this Directive is to establish minimum procedures, which must be followed for the use of the mobile video, and audio equipment, which have been installed in patrol units. 

Directive 2013 Lockdown Video

Directing supplementing BCPO Directive 2005-1 and New Jersey Attorney General Directive 2007-1 to provide for a mandatory use of video training for Active Shooter Participation.