BUREAU OF CRIMINAL IDENTIFICATION
The primary function of the Bureau of Criminal Identification is the positive identification of suspects, defendants, and inmates. BCI provides a professional service to all police agencies within Hudson County, the State of New Jersey, all states nationwide, and all federal law enforcement agencies. All services are performed promptly, properly and professionally without bias.
BCI has many functions. The unit is responsible for maintaining criminal files. BCI services are used for background checks for employment by: Hudson County Human Resources, Hudson County Superior Court, and law enforcement agencies nationwide. During warrant sweeps, BCI fingerprints, processes, verifies, and classifies all individuals arrested.
BCI conducts fingerprint comparisons, which provide identification of suspects and arrestees for law enforcement agencies. All individuals arrested and/or incarcerated are fingerprinted. The fingerprints are classified and the suspect’s identity is verified.
BCI obtains DNA samples from individuals convicted or found guilty of a crime or by reason of insanity. The law applies to all individuals sentenced to terms of imprisonment and/or probation for certain enumerated offenses.
The Court Bureau serves Hudson County's main courthouse, as well as satellite courthouses, state & county Probation, and Support Enforcement Division.
The Court Bureau is responsible for the day-to-day security and operations of the Hudson County Superior Court. Officers assigned to judicial functions perform these services while maintaining a secure and professional profile. In addition to security functions, these officers ensure that parties to actions, lawyers, and witnesses are present when the court is in session. A major function of the court officers is the secure transportation of prisoners to and from the courts.
The Hudson County Sheriff’s Office also maintains a Security Guard division to assist with security screening at the entrances to the main judicial complex as well as the satellite courthouses.
The Detective Bureau serves one of the most critical functions in law enforcement, the investigation of criminal offenses. Through the use of traditional investigative methods, as well as the latest technological resources, detectives primarily conduct investigations into all major crimes that are committed within Hudson County. Their main objective is to gather information to successfully identify, apprehend, and prosecute criminal offenders.
They are also responsible for the service and apprehension of fugitive arrest warrants issued by the Superior Court. The Detective Bureau is also tasked with extraditing felons from other states back into the State of New Jersey. Working hand-in-hand with all state and local agencies, the Detective Bureau forms a positive relationship that helps lead toward the common goal of suppression of criminal activity in Hudson County and surrounding jurisdictions.
The Patrol Bureau is responsible for the enforcement of all local, county, and state laws. It additionally performs many service functions, ranging from investigating traffic accidents to numerous types of public assistance requests from citizens.
Utilizing the Pittman schedule, which provides 24 hour coverage, the Patrol Bureau is directly responsible for the day-to-day delivery of law enforcement services to all Hudson County parks and to the many Hudson County owned facility site locations.
The Patrol Bureau has always been dedicated to maintaining a safe and crime-free environment for the citizens of Hudson County. Most Hudson County Sheriff patrol cars are equipped with radar and Mobile Data Terminals (MDT). These are in-vehicle computers which allow the patrol officer to receive an almost instant look-up of license plates and driver information, which can prove invaluable during traffic stops. It also allows access to state and federal data systems for criminal wants and warrants.
The Process Bureau carries out the sheriff's statutory responsibility for the service of process and execution of writs. These judicial process documents originate from the courts, governmental agencies, and private attorneys in New Jersey and throughout the United States and include:
Summonses, complaints, and subpoenas
Writs of possession for real estate
Injunctions for protection against domestic violence
Writs of garnishment
Arrest orders/writs of bodily attachment
INTERNAL AFFAIRS BUREAU
The Internal Affairs Bureau's primary function is the receipt, processing, and investigation of complaints made against employees of the Hudson County Sheriff's Office. When a complaint is received, every effort is made to ensure a thorough, timely, and fair investigation of the allegation(s) contained in the complaint. The openness of the agency in the acceptance of a complaint is a principle element of professionalism and community responsiveness. All complaints are processed and reviewed by the Internal Affairs Bureau and submitted to the Sheriff of Hudson County for review and final disposition.
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The Community Relations Unit develops strong partnerships with communities likely to experience challenges and works with them to prevent and resolve any issues they may face. Members of the Community Relations Unit introduce various communities to the Hudson County Sheriff's Office programs we offer, and services which may be offered by other agencies as part of our ongoing efforts to enhance quality of life and reduce crime.
For any and all emergencies, including police, fire or medical emergencies, dial 9-1-1.
To report a non-emergency crime that did not just occur, or a nuisance activity, use the non emergency number (201) 915-1300.
The 9-1-1 Call Center is the direct link between citizens and the county’s emergency response services. The dispatchers screen and handle all calls for service, and provide support for all field operations. Dispatchers must be able to field hundreds of incoming calls each day, determine the best course of action, and forward that information to the appropriate resource. The Hudson County Sheriff's Office provides 9-1-1 intake and dispatch services for all unincorporated areas of Hudson County, twelve law enforcement municipalities, seven fire/rescue municipalities, and numerous special patrol areas including county courts and facilities.
WEIGHTS & MEASURES
The Division of Weights & Measures is a local enforcement agency. Our inspectors use highly accurate equipment to inspect scales, meters, scanning equipment, and packaged products. They inspect a wide range of businesses, including supermarkets, gasoline stations, packing plants, and lumber yards. For more information, call (201)369-4323.
Hudson County Weights & Measures officials work to keep the marketplace honest by using highly accurate equipment to inspect scales, meters, scanning equipment, gasoline station pumps, and lumber yards throughout the county. Weighing or measuring devices are not permitted to be used for commercial purposes unless they are registered with the Office of Weights and Measures. Because of the inspections and investigations conducted by the men and women of Weights and Measures, New Jersey consumers can have confidence when shopping. However, consumers should also pay attention when making purchases. Small, seemingly insignificant errors can add up.