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Important Directives 

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

Bergen County Prosecutor’s Directive 2020-8 - "Revised Internal Affairs Procedures and Public Disclosure of Serious Law Enforcement Disciplinary Violations”

Exhibit A – AG Directive 2020

This Directive is issued to address disparities in the way Bergen County police agencies conduct Internal Affairs investigations and address the uneven level of discipline imposed on police officers among the various agencies.  Attached to this Directive is Attorney General Directive 2020-5 that requires public disclosure of the identities of officers who commit serious disciplinary violations.

Bergen County Prosecutor’s Directive 2020-7 - "Law Enforcement Preparation and Response to COVID-19 - Coronavirus”

This directive amends and supercedes Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Directives 2020-2, 2020-3, and 2020-5 which addressed Bergen County Law Enforcement’s preparation and response to COVID-19.

Bergen County Prosecutor’s Directive 2020-6 - "Law Enforcement Agency Advice to Self Report COVID-19 Positive/Quarantined Status and/or To Post Notice of COVID-19 Positive/Quarantined Status”

No Bergen County law enforcement agency shall advise members of the public to identify as COVID-19 positive or quarantined when seeking police assistance, nor to provide any public notice of COVID-19 positive/quarantined status.

Bergen County Prosecutor’s Directive 2020-5 - "Employment of Bergen County Law Enforcement Officers While On Duty for Private Entities and Reducing Personal Interactions Among Law Enforcement Officers”

Effective 3/27/20 at 5pm, all law enforcement employment for private entities must generally cease during the present state of emergency. Also, every Bergen County Law enforcement executive must implement a written plan to allocate law enforcement and civilian personnel so as to ensure minimal contact among personnel.

Bergen County Prosecutor’s Directive 2020-3 - "Law Enforcement Preparation and Response to COVID-19 – Coronavirus”

Exhibit A - Directive 2020-3

This Directive provides additional direction for procedures that Law enforcement agencies may take to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus to staff and public. Attached to this Directive as Exhibit A is pertinent guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health on COVID-19 risk and risk management.

Bergen County Prosecutor’s Directive 2020-2 - "Law Enforcement Preparation and Response to COVID-19 – Coronavirus”

Law enforcement agencies must take all reasonable precautions to prevent the contracting and spread of COVID-19 virus.

Bergen County Prosecutor’s Directive 2020-1 - Attorney General's Directive 2019-6 “Establishing County Policies to Comply with Brady v. Maryland and Giglio v. United States”

The AG Directive, which becomes effective March 1, 2020, mandates that all county prosecutors implement a policy to investigate the existence of evidence which might exculpate criminal defendants from the crimes of which they are accused or undermine the credibility of the State's witnesses. Under Brac􀀄v and Giglio and the AG Directive, prosecutors must review Brady/Giglio infonnation to decide whether the information should be disclosed to the court and defense counsel.

Bergen County Prosecutor’s Directive 2019-12 “Establishing a Protocol for Handling Citizen Complaints  

Effective January 1, 2020, local police departments are responsible for submitting citizen complaints for indictable offenses as well as citizen complaints against candidates or nominees for public office or against public officials for disorderly persons offenses to the County Prosecutor for review and approval. This Directive provides the protocol for submitting these complaints.

Bergen County Prosecutor’s Directive 2019-11 “Regarding Internal Affairs Self-Audits  

In an effort to identify and rectify any Internal Affairs issues in Bergen County, this directive mandates that each Bergen County law enforcement agency perform a self-audit of its IA unit.

Bergen County Prosecutor's  2019 Reposting of Attorney General's Directive 2018-3 “Regarding Statewide Mandatory Early Warning Systems  

Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Policy regarding Early Warning System. The purpose of this written directive of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office is to establish a law enforcement personnel early warning system. This policy is in addition to, but in no way, supersedes the Attorney General Directive No. 2018-3 regarding the early warning system.

Bergen County Prosecutor’s Directive 2019-10 “Regarding Extreme Risk Protective Orders  

This Directive provides documents approved by the Attorney General with respect to petitions requested under the Extreme Risk Protective Order Act (“ERPO”).

Bergen County Prosecutor’s Directive 2019-9 “Regarding Special Victims Unit Notification and Response  

This Directive provides a uniform protocol for Bergen County law enforcement referrals of sexual offense and child physical abuse allegations to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit.

Bergen County Prosecutor’s Directive 2019-8 “Regarding Extreme Risk Protective Order (ERPO)  

This Directive relates to the Emergency Risk Protective Order Act, which takes effect on Sunday, September 1, 2019.  The Act establishes a civil procedure whereby a petitioner can obtain a temporary and then a final Extreme Risk Protective Order against a person who is an “immediate and present” danger to her/himself or others and who owns, possesses, receives, purchases, or has custody or control of a firearm.

Bergen County Prosecutor’s Directive 2019-7 “Regarding Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program  

This Directive is a supplement and amendment to Bergen County Prosecutor's Law Enforcement Directive 2017-5 regarding the Bergen County Nasal Narcan Program.

Bergen County Prosecutor’s Directive 2019-6 “Regarding Out-of-Court ID Procedures 

This Directive clarifies the procedures to be followed by police in recording out-of-court identifications.

Bergen County Prosecutor’s Directive 2019-5 “Regarding Non-Evidential Video Retention Policy

This Directive establishes the policy and minimum standards for the preservation of non-evidential video and audio recordings made by Bergen County police agencies.

Bergen County Prosecutor’s Directive 2019-4 “Warning of Pending Charges Must Precede Waiver of Miranda Rights”

This Directive requires that when a criminal suspect has been formally charged with an offense, the police must inform a suspect of the specific charges before they request a waiver of Miranda rights.

Bergen County Prosecutor’s Directive 2019-3 “Regarding Out-of-Court Identification Procedures Supplementing Prosecutor Directive 2012-2”

This Directive clarifies the process Law Enforcement must follow when they ask an eyewitness to try to identify a suspect outside of court.

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2019-2 "Regarding Firearms Procedure after LE Response to Mental Health Issue"

This Directive requires action to be taken whenever a Bergen County law enforcement agency receives information or a warning from any source related to a threat of imminent, serious physical violence to self or others made by an individual suspected of suffering from a mental illness.

Bergen County Prosecutor's 2019 Reposting of Attorney General's Directive 2018-3 "Statewide Mandatory Early Warning Systems"

Accordingly, and in congruence with NJAG 2018-3, herein are the wholly adopted policies regarding the Early Warning System.

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2019-1 "Regarding Criminal Investigations of Law Enforcement Officers and Public Employees"

This directive requires that whenever a law enforcement officer or public employee becomes the subject of a criminal investigation, the law enforcement agency conducting the investigation must immediately notify the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Confidential Investigations Unit.

Bergen County Prosecutor's Directive 2018-5 "Regarding Duty to Warn under the Mental Health Professionals' Duty to Warn ACT"

This Directive requires mental health professionals to notify local law enforcement when a patient has communicated a threat of imminent, serious physical violence or whenever a reasonable mental health practitioner believes that a patient intends to carry out an act of imminent, serious physical violence.

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 Worn 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 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 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 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.