The Security Task Force is responsible for reviewing, inspecting, correcting, and documenting all security concerns within the Bergen County Jail, as well as other jurisdictional areas including Bergen Regional Medical Center’s 14 D-1 Unit. The continuous security inspections on varied shifts and days of the perimeter fence, housing unit yards, facility roof, locks, cells, common areas and all security doors and operations, in addition to the daily cell searches completed, have greatly enhanced the overall security at the Bergen County Jail.

The Security Task Force is responsible for coordinating and reviewing documentation of emergency response drills, cell searches, alarm check sheets, fire drills, facility equipment inventory sheets, security equipment and key/lock/door inspections, unit evacuations, general integrity checks, vehicular inspections and facility shakedowns.

The Security Task Force is also responsible for coordinating and documenting background checks, in-service facility orientation training and civilian employee clearance for facility access.

The Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.) functions as a specialized resource with personnel trained to respond to diverse situations and emergencies within or outside an institutional setting.

The Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team trains in various components such as cell extractions, riot control, hostage recovery, chemical agents, and high risk inmate transports.

The team also participates in joint training sessions conducted with the Sheriff’s Operations Group, (S.O.G.), Rikers Island Emergency Services Unit, as well as team participation at the Mock Prison Riot in Moundsville, West Virginia. 

The Security Threat Group Unit (S.T.G.U.) was established in June 2005.  The S.T.G.U assists in the collection and dissemination of information received from inmates, civilian staff and other sources.

The S.T.G.U. collects this information by means of the Jail Information Model, reviews it for validity, and then forwards it to the appropriate authority for further investigation and/or action.  In some cases, this involves the partnering with other agencies (federal, state and local).  The S.T.G.U. has been extremely successful in utilizing inmates as sources of information and confidential informants concerning both internal and external threat priorities.