Company/Organization: Bergen County Sheriff's Department
Mentor(s):Officer Aimee Mehnert & Jennifer Monaghan
Topic of Internship
Law Enforcement (Community Outreach)
The Bergen County Sheriff’s Department is a law enforcement agency located in Hackensack, New Jersey. Being the largest law enforcement agency in New Jersey, they are responsible for assisting courts and all local police forces with investigative and forensic services through the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, maintaining order and security at the Bergen County Justice Center, and providing for the care and custody of more than 1,000 inmates and detainees at the Bergen County Jail. They also have the task of process serving, writs, court orders, foreclosures and court executions. The section of the department I interned in was called the Community Outreach Unit. Their responsibility is to educate the public about the functions of law enforcement, build relationships with the communities all over Bergen County through various programs, and to create and preserve a feeling of safety and security within our communities.
Summary of Internship
As an intern with Community Outreach, my main tasks were to answer and make phone calls, file bank statements and other documents, run errands, create certificates, arrange photographs from events, enter data in CODY databases, and accompany officers when doing various activities. Some highlights of my internship were being able to take an in-depth tour of the Bergen County Jail, working in the BCI Unit (Bureau of Criminal Investigations), and sitting in on trials. Through this internship, I was able to observe how law enforcement agencies make great efforts to connect with the community on a personal level through programs such as the Citizen’s Police Academy, the Gold Star ID Program, Gang Awareness presentations in schools, and very successful drives for unfortunate children and their families. Though my tasks mostly included office work, I was still able to gain a broader perspective on the different careers within the law enforcement field, such as corrections officers, and was able to assess the daily tasks of officers who work behind the scenes to make the justice system the best it can possibly be.
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