Notice to the Public - Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

The Bergen 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.  Successful completion of the process will also result in the National Recognition from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

The accreditation program requires agencies to comply with the standards that represent the best practices in Law Enforcement.  The accreditation process is rigorous and includes a close examination of the agency’s written directive system, operation and facility.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments to the accreditation assessors assigned to the on-site assessment by calling 201-336-3505 on Monday, December 20, 2010 between 10:00am-12:00pm.  Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with accreditation standards.

The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office is the largest law enforcement agency in all of Bergen County. The BCSO provides a wide variety of functions for all 70 municipalities in Bergen County and each of its more than 900,000 residents.


The Sheriff’s Office is tasked with administering a vast array of facilities and services. It manages the Bergen County Jail, a 1,200 bed state-of-the-art correctional facility housing both pre-trial and sentenced inmates as well as individuals who have violated US immigration laws as part of an agreement with the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Division of the Department of Homeland Security.

The BCSO is responsible for ensuring the safe operation of the courts at the Bergen County Justice Center, an essential component of the New Jersey judicial system which sees more than 1 million visitors each year. The Crime Scene Unit of the BCSO’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation provides advanced forensic analysis and on-site evidence collection for every law enforcement agency in Bergen County. The BCSO’s Civil Division is responsible for overseeing the sale of all foreclosed properties in the county that, in turn, produces millions of dollars in revenue for the taxpayers.


There is so much more that the Sheriff’s Office is doing to make Bergen County a safer place. We encourage you to explore this site and discover all the ways in which the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office is working for you.

Sheriff Leo P. McGuire

Since I was elected Sheriff in 2004, I committed myself to enhancing the professionalism of the Office of Sheriff, increasing public safety and ensuring our residents get the best value possible from our efforts.  The results of all our hard work have been twofold: we have delivered a consistent increase in the quality of the services we provide, while reducing costs.  As a Sheriff, husband, father and resident, I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish on behalf of the people of Bergen County.

Assisted by stellar law enforcement professionals such as Executive Undersheriff Ralph Rivera, Jr., Undersheriff Sharon McDonald and Undersheriff Allen Ust, Chief Michael Bradley and Warden Robert Bigott, the professionalism of the Sheriff’s Office achieved an all-time high by achieving national accreditation from the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare and are expected to receive accreditation from the American Correctional Association and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. BCSO will be the third Sheriff’s Office in the state to receive these high honors.
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