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Hackensack, NJ 07601
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In-Service Trainings


MISSION: The Bergen County Prosecutor`s Office will provide an array of In-Service training programs geared toward the professional development of sworn Law Enforcement personnel.
PROGRAM: To incorporate the latest criminal investigation techniques and information, thereby enhancing the effectiveness and professionalism of the law enforcement community.
TIME: From 9:00am-4:00pm unless indicated otherwise.
LOCATION: Within the Paramus, New Jersey facility and the Paramus Life Safety complex, unless indicated otherwise. Directions are available upon request.
DRESS CODE: Proper Business attire.

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Scheduled In-Service Training Sessions:

Fall, 2016, 09:00 - 17:00 - The Sexual Exploitation of Children / Child Abuse and Neglect

  • This course profiles the pedophile, the investigation and prosecution of offenders.
  • Practical investigation techniques and procedures will be explored and an overview of applicable laws will be presented. The treatment of victims will also be addressed.
LOCATION: Bergen County Fire & Police Academy

May 6, 2016, 09:00 - 13:00 - Domestic Violence

  • Basic review of the Domestic Violence Protection Act.
  • Discussion of recent Legislation.
  • Discussion of recent Case Law.
  • Search and Seizure issues that arise in connection with Domestic Violence.
  • Procedural Updates.
INSTRUCTOR: Jessica Gomperts
LOCATION: Bergen County Police & Fire Academy

Fall, 2016 (5 day course), 09:00 - 17:00 - Interview and Interrogation

  • This intensive three day course focuses on the application of various interview and interrogation techniques, principles and structures.
  • The course explores signs of verbal and non-verbal communication as indicators in the detection of deception and emphasizes the use of theme development as one component of a step by step interrogation process.
  • The course further addresses memory function and its application in statement analysis.
  • Additional topics such as the requirements regarding videotaped statements and the use of polygraph in a criminal investigation are also discussed.
  • This course is primarily designed for detectives assigned to conduct in depth or detailed interview/interrogations.
Practical exercises are part of this class.
INSTRUCTORS: James Brazofsky and John Frazier
LOCATION: Bergen County Police & Fire Academy

March 31, 2016, 09:00 - 17:00 - Major Crash Investigations

This course is designed to assist law enforcement to effectively and efficiently evaluate and manage major crash scenes and the attendant investigations, in the event of a motor vehicle collision involving death and/or serious bodily injury.
The course emphasizes the dynamics of working together with the Bergen County Prosecutor`s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, and examines the roles and responsibilities of the patrol officer, investigating officer/detective, the law enforcement supervisor and the Fatal Accident Investigation Unit during the scene and follow-up investigation.
Topics include:
  • Guidelines for estimating speed
  • Applicable criminal statutes and case law
  • General legal considerations regarding the taking of breath, blood and urine
  • Available assistance for non-criteria serious vehicle crashes
The course is also designed to familiarize patrol officers, supervisors, and detectives with scene preservation and evidence that is important to the traffic crash reconstructionist.
Topics include:
  • At-scene investigation
  • Witnesses
  • Roadway and vehicle evidence
  • Event data recorders
  • Roadway and vehicle inspections
  • Injuries experienced by occupants
INSTRUCTORS: Chris Kelly and Martin Delaney
LOCATION: Bergen County Police & Fire Academy

Fall, 2016, 09:00 - 17:00 - Arrest, Search and Seizure

This class will consist of updates on the law in the areas of Arrest, Search and Seizure as well as procedures to be followed when applying for search warrants and communications data warrants.
INSTRUCTOR: Danielle Grootenboer
LOCATION: Bergen County Police & Fire Academy

Fall, 2016, 09:00 - 17:00 - Courtroom Testimony / Report Writing

This one-day class is geared toward police officers of all grade levels and ranks. It will provide a review of report writing practices and skills needed for concise, informative and professional police reports.
For officers who have not testified in a criminal jury trial, this class is essential to effective witness preparation. For the officer who has had prior experience on the stand, this class is designed to improve overall trial presentation.
Highlights include:
  • Preparing before the trial
  • Improving verbal and non-verbal communication on the stand
  • Projecting a positive and professional demeanor before the judge and jury
  • Defending the investigation
  • Anticipating defenses
  • Avoiding pitfalls on cross-examination
Upon completion, all attendees will be better prepared to testify more effectively and confidently in this most critical stage of a criminal prosecution.
INSTRUCTORS: Heather Suffin, David Calviello and Brian Sinclair
LOCATION: Bergen County Police & Fire Academy

 April 13-14, 2016, (2 day course), 09:00 - 17:00 - Criminal Investigations / Crime Scene Evaluations

This course is designed for newer detectives and police officers who are assigned to complex investigations.
This course will focus on various areas of criminal investigation, including crime scene processing techniques.
The course will also cover crime scene photography, scene sketching, proper collection methods for DNA and trace evidence, cellular telephone analysis and mapping.
The course will further introduce the officer to the proper packaging, submission, and examination capabilities with regard to the New Jersey State Police Laboratory.
INSTRUCTORS: John Frazier and Gary Boesch
LOCATION: Bergen County Police & Fire Academy

Late Spring, 2016, 09:00 - 17:00 - Cultural Diversity and Bias Crime

Cultural Diversity in American society puts special demands on police/public safety officials.
This course explores the conditions that exist in a country that has many immigrants and ethnic groups as a mix in the community.
Exploration of the factors that are unique to each group are discussed.
Strategies will be developed that produce a community environment that supports police/public safety officials in their roles as community protectors.
Special emphasis will be placed on the law enforcement concerns of the street police officer in the new millennium.
Bias Crime: In New Jersey a person is guilty of the crime of Bias Intimidation (2C:16-1) if he commits, attempts to commit, conspires to commit, or threatens the immediate commission of an offense specified in Chapters 11 through 18 of Title 2Cof the New Jersey statutes;NJS2C:33-4, NJS2C:39-3; NJS2C:39-4 or NJS2C:39-5.
This training will discuss and examine the elements of the Bias Intimidation Statute in detail.
Trainees will develop an understanding of what constitutes a violation of the Bias Intimidation statute and will be able to answer the following questions:
  • What constitutes a Bias Crime?
  • Bias crime vs Bias incident
  • What classes are protected under the statute?
  • What is permissive inference?
  • What is grading?
  • Required reporting of a bias crime/incident
INSTRUCTORS: Sylvia Presto and Vered Adoni
LOCATION: Bergen County Police & Fire Academy

Fall, 2016, 09:00 - 17:00 - Drug Trends

This one day class will focus on the most up to date drug trends and address specific enforcement and problem solving strategies.
It will also provide insight into the latest trafficking methods and information useful to combating current drug detection issues.
INSTRUCTORS: Jason Hornstra and William Schweizer
LOCATION: Bergen County Police & Fire Academy

Fall, 2016, 09:00 - 17:00 - Social Media Issues, "Understanding Your Liabilities"

Now more than ever, the prevalence of social media in our personal lives has reached new proportions, especially given the use of cell phones. Therefore, it is imperative for those in law enforcement to understand the potential liability - including new laws - that deal with the misuse of social media.
This training seminar will explore and analyze the key areas of potential liability for public employees that can and will affect the off-duty lives of cops. Among them, police personnel will learn that they can now be exposed to criminal liability, civil liability, administrative liability, and privacy complications for their improper use of social media.
By discussing examples, relevant court cases, and the model policy regulating social media, this workshop will significantly raise the awareness levels of all law enforcement officers and the police executives who supervise them.
INSTRUCTOR: Jeffrey Angermeyer
LOCATION: BCPO Paramus Facility - Collura Room