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Dunellen Police Department
355 North Avenue, Dunellen NJ 08812 / Phone: 732-968-3000
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Procedures for Reporting Bias Incidents

posted Apr 15, 2019, 2:39 PM by D Smith

Dunellen Police Department
Procedures for Reporting Alleged Bias Incidents/Crimes
(revised 4-15-19)

The Dunellen Police Department is committed to the investigation and prosecution of crimes with a component of intimidation based on race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, or ethnicity, which can jeopardize the active and open pursuit of freedom and opportunity.  

We take these incidents seriously.  We are committed to bring the investigative and enforcement elements of our agency into quick action following all suspected or confirmed bias incidents and investigate them in a timely fashion using all appropriate resources to rapidly determine the facts and circumstances surrounding each incident.  We will work diligently to identify the motive and cause of the incident as well as the identity of all suspects.   We will conduct a thorough and complete investigation of all suspected or confirmed bias incidents, and cooperate with prosecutors in the prompt and appropriate prosecution of these matters.  

DEFINITION OF BIAS INCIDENT:  This is any suspected or confirmed violation of the N.J. Criminal Statute, N.J.S.A. 2C:16-1(a)(1) or (2).  

The Dunellen Police Department is committed to the following:
Encouraging the public to contact the police when a bias incident occurs;
Ensuring that all agency personnel are properly trained;
Ensuring that we will respond to all such complaints in a timely manner and conduct a thorough initial as well as follow-up investigation to its logical conclusion;
Taking appropriate actions to provide extra security, as needed and appropriate;
Approaching victims in a sensitive and supportive manner;
Enlisting the assistance of the community and community groups in an effort to moderate the impact of the incident and to reduce the risk of counter-violence;
Maintaining contact with appropriate community leaders concerning the incident as long as the information to be shared will not jeopardize or compromise the                     investigation and/or is confidential in nature;
Issuing timely press releases, as appropriate;
Ensuring that the victims, and as appropriate, other concerned parties, are informed of the final disposition of the investigation;
Applying the N.J. Attorney General’s Revised Bias Incident Investigation Standards (dated 4/5/2019):
        o in a manner which reflects the individual needs of our agency and the community we serve;
        o to confirm whether a suspected bias incident is actually motived by bias; 
        o reporting all such incidents and sharing information with, cooperating with and submitting reports to other State government agencies
Ensuring that all investigative information is shared with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office within a reasonable time;
Ensuring that referrals to victim’s services are made in a timely manner, as appropriate;
Having agency personnel to meet with the victim, as appropriate;
Ensure that victims and other concerned parties are afforded all rights and protections provided for under the N.J. Constitutional Amendment for Victim Rights and the         Crime Victims Bill of Rights.  

Finally, we are committed to take an active role in promoting peace and harmony among the diverse groups living and working in the State and to protect all citizens from bias incidents.


Any citizen who wishes to report an alleged bias incident occurring in the Borough of Dunellen should contact the Dunellen Police Department at 732-968-3000 x0.

U-VISA CERTFICATIONS & T-VISA DECLARATIONS – STANDARDIZED WEB-BASED NOTICE CONCERNING AGENCY PROCEDURES FOR PROCESSING REQUESTS

posted Feb 20, 2019, 4:46 AM by D Smith


Individuals seeking information related to obtaining a U-Visa or a T-Visa are encouraged to review the "U and T Visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide" issued by the Federal Office of Homeland Security. 

The following are the law enforcement procedures for processing requests for certifications in support U-Visa applicants or declarations in support of T-Visa applicants.

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