Freeholder Chairperson: H.
Mildred S. Scott
For Immediate Release
The Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of the accreditation process through the New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, which is administered by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.
The accreditation program requires agencies to comply with standards that represent the best practices in Law Enforcement. The accreditation process is rigorous and includes a close examination of the office’s written directive system, operation and facility.
As part of the on-site assessment, office employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments to the accreditation assessors assigned to the on-site assessment by calling (732)-406-6803 on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 between 9:00 A.M. & 11:00 A.M. Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the office’s ability to comply with the accreditation standards.
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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.