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Important Directives 

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

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2018-4 "Regarding Viewing Tagged Body Worn Camera Recordings"

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

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2018-3 "Regarding re 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 fo1malized protocol for the proper use and prevention of misuse. This Directive provides that protocol.

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2018-2 "Immediate Notifcation 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 directive 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.

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2018-1 "Mandatory Random Drug Testing"

This Directive requires that all police agencies implement or revise a drug testing policy to require random drug testing of their sworn police officers

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2017-8 "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.

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2017-7 "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.

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2017-6 "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 Ref01m, but it will also help reduce the cmTent 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.

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 "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.

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 2016-1 "Complaint Approval"

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

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2015-1 "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. 

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2014-3 "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. 

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2014-1 "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. 

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2013-2 "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. 

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2013-1 "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. 

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2012-2 "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. 

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2012-1 "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. 

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2010-2 and 2010-3 "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. 

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2010-1 "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.

2010 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. 

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2009-1 "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. 

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2007-1 "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. 

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2005-1 "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.

2004 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.