The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office: Who We Are & What We Do
Michael Saudino, Sheriff
Comprised of more than 500 dedicated personnel, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office’s responsibilities include a broad range of services and functions that assist the public, augment the county’s municipal police department’s and safeguard Bergen’s judicial proceedings.
The Sheriff’s Office is tasked with maintaining order and security at the Bergen County Justice Center, providing for the care and custody of more than 1,000 inmates and detainees at the Bergen County Jail and assisting the county’s 69 municipal police departments by providing advanced forensic procedures through its Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Additionally, the Office is responsible for process serving, writs, court orders, foreclosures and court executions.
Court Security Unit: The Court Security Unit screens more than 1 million individuals each year in order to provide for the overall security of the Bergen County Justice Center including criminal, civil, family and special section court judges, staff and county employees and the general public using the facility.
Special Services Unit: Officers assigned to the Special Services Unit transport prisoners who are in the care and custody of the Bergen County Sheriff. Officers assigned to this division typically transport prisoners between facilities under the control of the Sheriff to federal, county and municipal courts, state prisons and correctional facilities, state and county juvenile detention centers, other county jails, municipal prisoner pickups, hospitals, diagnostic drug treatment centers and medical clinics.
Civil Process Unit: The Civil Process Unit is a responsible for executing Civil Summons and Complaints, Order to Show Cause, State Grand Jury Notifications, Subpoenas and Writs, Inclusive of Replevin, Executions and Possessions. The Civil Process Division also serves legal documents for the Family Part of the Superior Court including Domestic Violence Orders, Child Support Orders and Notice of Hearings, each of which must be served personally.
Homeland Security/k-9 Unit: The Homeland Security/K-9 Unit is responsible for conducting high visibility patrols around the jail and Justice Center complex in order to maintain a high level of security.
Special Operations Group: The Special Operations Group (SOG) serves as the Sheriff’s high-risk operations team, which is responsible for all high-risk preplanned operations requiring heavy weapons and threat assessments. All SOG members either the Federal Bureau of Investigation’ S.W.A.T. School or the National Tactical Officers Association S.W.A.T. School.
Bureau of Criminal Investigation: The Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) encompasses the Sheriff’s highly respected Crime Scene Unit as well as the agency’s Detective Unit.
Crime Scene Unit: BCI personnel routinely respond seven days a week, 24 hours a day to burglaries, robberies, assaults, arsons and homicides throughout Bergen County. They work closely with local law enforcement agencies, providing advanced forensic knowledge combined with state-of-the-art training and equipment to get criminals off our streets and behind bars.
Detective Unit: A trusted resource for law enforcement throughout Bergen County, Sheriff’s Detectives are routinely assigned to assist local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in investigations involving fraud, identity theft, gang related activity and numerous other areas. Sheriff’s Detectives are also tasked with finding and arresting fugitives on the run from the law.
Community Outreach Unit: The Community Outreach Unit offers formal programs targeting alcohol and drug abuse, senior citizen safety, child safety, school violence and proactive DWI prevention programs for high school students, civic groups and corporations.
Corrections Division: Constructed in 2000, the Bergen County Jail is a 1,200 bed facility that houses thousands of individuals for various offenses each year. With more than 300 officers, the Corrections Division is tasked with the care and custody of those inmates as well as the safe and orderly operation of the facility.
Special Emergency Response Team: The Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) was created to function as a specialized emergency resource with personnel trained to respond to diverse situations that may arise within or outside an institutional setting.
For more information, please contact the Community Outreach Unit in the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office at:(201) 336-3540.
Bergen County Sheriff’s Office:
The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office is the largest law enforcement agency in Bergen County. With more than 500 dedicated personnel, we provide a broad range of services that assist the public, support the county’s municipal police departments and safeguard Bergen’s judicial proceedings.
As members of the law enforcement field, the hardworking men and women of the Sheriff’s Office are dedicated to becoming a more integrated part of the neighborhoods in which we serve. With that local focus in mind, our Community Outreach Unit works to maintain a solid relationship between the Sheriff’s Office and the residents of Bergen County, as well as foster a greater understanding of the duties and functions of the law enforcement community.
The Community Outreach Unit offers a variety of public safety initiatives including programs on alcohol and drug abuse, senior citizen and child safety, school violence and youth development. We are always adding and improving upon these programs to further protect our residents and prevent crime in our neighborhoods.
We hope you will follow along with us as we work to ensure that Bergen County remains one of the best-and safest-places in the nation in which to live, work and raise a family.
24 hour Operations Division
Community Outreach Unit
Bergen County Justice Center
10 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone: (201) 336-3500
Fax: (201) 752-4164
Bergen County Jail
160 South River Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone: (201) 527-3000
Fax: (201) 527-3035
Disclaimer: this information is taken directly from the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office pamphlet. I have not used many of the services by the department so I have no opinion on services. Please call or email the above numbers for more information.
For more information on the departments, please call their main number for more information.
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