The Sheriff's Office conducts presentations for student groups on a variety of personal safety topics. Please call the Community Outreach Unit at 201-336-3540 to discuss your needs.
he Gold Star Identification Program provides first responders with vital medical information in the event of an emergency. Participants are issued a photo identification card, which corresponds to a file maintained by the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office’s 24-Hour Operations Unit. The program is available for county residents over the age of 65 and individuals with autism.
High Intensity Talks are special presentations made by adults who are presently incarcerated for minor, non-violent crimes. The inmates discuss with students how alcohol, drugs and crime have negatively impacted their lives. HIT Team demonstrations are designed to deter juveniles from criminal activity, gang involvement and the dangers of using illegal substances.
The Sheriff’s Office maintains several K-9 teams to assist the BCSO and law enforcement agencies throughout the state in a broad range of tasks and situations. Each K-9 Team consists of an officer and a canine ‘partner’ that has been specially trained in a specific skill, such as bomb detection and narcotics searches. While the tools available to law enforcement grow increasingly sophisticated, K-9 officers and their partners remain one of the most effective resources the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office has at its disposal. In these demonstrations, our K-9 officers highlight the functions and capabilities of these highly trained and sophisticated dogs.
The Sheriff’s Alcohol Impaired Driving Program is a great tool to teach youth the dangers of drunk driving. The program utilizes Fatal Vision Goggles to simulate a blood alcohol content of .17 by altering depth perception and hand eye coordination. This unique learning tool offers kids a safe example of how severely alcohol can impair a person’s ability to conduct routine tasks.
The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) is comprised of the Crime Scene Unit, Firearms Identification/Ballistics Unit, and the Detective Unit. Officers conduct informative tours on the day-to-day operations of this Bureau as well as how it uses cutting edge forensics and advanced investigative techniques to combat crime in Bergen County.
The Bergen County Jail serves the community as a central reception and processing center for pre-trial male and female adult detainees whose incarceration is necessary to ensure a court appearance. One of the state's finest correctional facilities with more than 320 Correction Officers and a capacity of 1,250 beds, students are provided a tour of this around-the-clock operation.