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Mildred S. Scott
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In 1683, when Middlesex
County was officially established, Samuel Moore was appointed as its
Sheriff and was given executive power over the jail. The Sheriff's Office
has been continuously in existence since that date, although some of
its functions have changed during that time.
Some of the Sheriff's
Department functions date back more than 700 years. Although the Sheriff's
Department is a member of the law enforcement community, its functions
and responsibilities differ from those of the local police department
with which most of us are familiar.
A large responsibility
of the Sheriff's Department is enforcing court orders, many of which
relate to collecting judgments on behalf of a plaintiff. These orders
include wage garnishments, general writs of execution and foreclosures
on real property.
A major responsibility
of the uniform section of the Sheriff's Department is to provide security
in the Superior Courts located in New Brunswick, the County Seat. In
addition to providing security in the Courthouses, Sheriff's Officers
transport prisoners between the correctional facility and both Municipal
and Superior Courts.
The Sheriff's Office
also makes arrests of individuals for whom there are court-issued warrants.
Many of these warrants are for individuals who have failed to meet their
court-mandated child support responsibilities.
The Sheriff's Office
is responsible for insuring that all school-age children are fingerprinted.
The fingerprint cards are given to their parents to allow for future
identification in cases of missing children.
Bureau of the Sheriff's Department is required by law to photograph
and fingerprint any person who is arrested for an indictable offense.
A unique service of the Sheriff's Department is providing a composite
artist to local police departments when an eyewitness can help describe
a crime perpetrator.
Whether it's providing
security in the Courthouses, transporting inmates to municipal and superior
courts, effecting arrests on outstanding warrants, or performing any
of our other many functions, our goal is always to provide the best
service at the lowest cost to our County taxpayers. Along these lines,
we work closely with our local police departments to provide specialized
services, allowing them to utilize their manpower in their municipalities
while providing the cost effectiveness that comes with the regionalization
of these services.