is the duty of the detectives to investigate unsolved criminal activity
and pursue criminal complaints through the Somerset County Prosecutor’s
Office where the perpetrator has been determined.
New Jersey violations of the state’s Criminal Code, (Title 2C), are
divided into Crimes and Disorderly Person violations.
compare this to our common law heritage, crimes are felonies, and disorderly
person violations are misdemeanors. Generally Crimes are punishable
by over a year in prison and disorderly person violations are under
a year in prison. Crimes are further divided by degree. Crimes of the
first degree being the most serious violations, on through crimes of
the second, third and fourth degree, the fourth being the least serious.
Crimes are adjudicated in Superior Court, (Somerville).
Person violations are also subdivided into disorderly person violations
and petty disorderly person violations. Unless part of a larger incident
involving Crimes, disorderly person matters are adjudicated in North
Plainfield Municipal Court.
police officers must see a disorderly person violation occur to make
an arrest for it, although there are exceptions such as in domestic
detectives not only investigate unsolved criminal activity but also
assist the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office in case preparation for
trial. All matters involving an arrest for a crime of the first, second,
third, or fourth degree are assigned a detective as a “case agent”.
It is the responsibility of the case agent to prepare the case for trial.
This may involve conducting interviews, taking sworn statements, processing
evidence, and writing supplemental reports.
of the detective bureau have also participated with the Community Policing
Office by speaking to members of the Board of Education, parents associations,
the Senior Citizens Club, and law enforcement associations.
investigating matters, and preparing cases for trial, each detective
also serves in a contact capacity. Some of these contacts positions
include but are not limited to: Narcotic Intelligence; Gang Intelligence;
Terrorism Intelligence; Alcohol Beverage Law; Megan’s Law; and Somerset
County Intelligence liaison.
you ever have information you believe is related to criminal activity
please contact a member of the Criminal Investigation Division so that
we may speak with you. Working together, the residents of North Plainfield
and the Police Department can make the community a safe place to live