Student Information

Student Name

Madison Alvarez





Internship Information

Company/Organization: Bureau of Criminal Investigations

Mentor(s):Lieutenant John Davis & Mrs. Lori Swiston

Topic of Internship

Criminal Justice

Background Information

The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office is the largest law enforcement agency in Bergen County. The agency has more than 500 dedicated personnel that serve the community. The Sheriff’s department provides care and custody to more than 900 inmates and detainees at the Bergen County Jail. It also assists the county’s local police by providing advanced forensic procedures through its Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The Sheriff’s department has various divisions and units, including: the Court Security Division, Special Services Division, Homeland Security / K-9 Division, Operations Division, Bureau of Criminal Identification, Bureau of Detectives, Bureau of Information Technology, Community Outreach Unit, SERT (Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team), and the Special Operations Group. These divisions work together to keep our community safe.

Summary of Internship

At my internship I was exposed to many levels of law enforcement. I started my internship in the warrant department where I was taught about the different types of warrants there were and the process that goes along with creating one. I learned how to enter warrants into the computer and use other systems to find out information for warrants. I also got a tour of the BCI (Bureau of Criminal Investigation) building, which included a tour of the forensics department. Within the ballistics department, I was shown how they relate the bullet to the gun. I was also shown the fingerprinting system where they showed me the process of analyzing fingerprints. I was also taken on a tour of the Bergen County Jail, where they showed me all the different sections of the jail. I also got a tour of the K-9 Unit. Along with all this, I met many great people. If you are looking to go into the criminal justice field, this internship would be good for you because it enables you to see many aspects of the criminal justice field.

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