On December 1, 2006, in response to the increase in gang activity and gang related crime in Bergen County, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office created the Bergen County Gang Unit. The creation of the task force was in conjunction with the Office of the Bergen County Sheriff. Each police department in Bergen County has designated a police officer(s) as a gang task force member. The purpose of the County Gang Unit is to more effectively and jointly combat the rising increase in gang membership, gang activity and gang crime throughout Bergen County. The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Gang Unit provides educational training and promotes a closer working relationship among gang investigators, law enforcement and the public. The Gang Unit also promotes extensive information gathering, rapid dissemination of intelligence and exchange of information concerning gang related incidents and membership. The information gathered is disseminated between law enforcement agencies within and outside of Bergen County. Additionally, the Gang Unit enforces the criminal statutes of the State of New Jersey through investigation and prosecution.
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force has evolved to its present form over a period of about thirty years. The mission of the Narcotics Task Force is to investigate the illegal use and distribution of illicit drugs within Bergen County and to service the municipal police agencies within the county. It does so utilizing a multi-jurisdictional approach. Municipal police departments within Bergen County are encouraged to assign personnel to the Narcotics Task Force for varying periods of duration and the NarcoticsTask Force routinely assigns personnel to other investigative agencies as well, believing that it is only through cooperation that law enforcement’s anti-drug efforts will be successful. Narcotics Task Force personnel serve full time with the United States Immigration and Custom’s Service (ICE) and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The Narcotics Task Force is also involved in the drug enforcement training and education of police officers and both hosts and provides instructors for in-service police training classes conducted at the Bergen County Police Academy and other police training academies. Instructors are also provided for Basic Police Training recruits. The Narcotics Task Force cooperates with the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, the New Jersey State Police and the County Narcotics Commander’s Association of New Jersey by supplying faculty for the state’s premier drug enforcement courses: Top Gun, the Development Education and Leadership Training Academy (DELTA) and the Undercover Narcotic Investigation Training (UNIT) courses which are attended by law enforcement personnel throughout the country. Community outreach programs are also conducted in the county’s schools and through civic groups. Those interested in a drug awareness program are encouraged to contact their local police in that the Narcotics Task Force coordinates all enforcement and education efforts through the municipal police chiefs and departments.