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Division of Criminal Justice Home

The Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) is responsible for investigating and prosecuting violations of New Jersey criminal laws. With a staff consisting of over 400 detectives, prosecutors, civil investigators, and professional support personnel, DCJ investigates criminal activity across the State, focusing on high-impact cases that require significant or highly specialized investigative resources. DCJ also provides integral statewide trainings for prosecutors and law enforcement officers. In addition, DCJ assists the Attorney General in his role as the State’s chief law enforcement officer, which pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act of 1970, gives the Attorney General broad supervisory authority over New Jersey’s 21 County Prosecutors’ Offices and the State’s 38,000 law enforcement officers.

Victim Information:

1) How to file a domestic violence restraining order; 2) resources for domestic violence victims; and 3) petitioning the court to dissolve the no contact order for defendants/juveniles released from custody due to public health emergency credits.

General COVID-19 Information
Information for Law Enforcement Officers

AG Directive 2020-4 Firearms Requalification – Directive Revising Firearms Qualification and Requalification Standards for New Jersey Law Enforcement

AG Directive 2020-3 Allocation Policy – Directive Regarding Non-Prosecution of Healthcare Facilities and Professionals Adhering to Triage Protocols During COVID-19 Pandemic

AG Directive 2020-2 Deadlines – Directive Updating Certain Reporting, Training, and Certification Deadlines

AG Directive 2020-1 REV. 4.11.20 – Directive Instructing All Law Enforcement Agencies And Officers On The Appropriate Use Of COVID-19 Information From Public Health Officers

Guidance to Law Enforcement to Protect Public and Meet Challenges of COVID-19 Pandemic

Protecting Officers During Covid-19

Forms For Attorney General Directive Strengthening Oversight of Municipal Court Prosecutions

[Law Enforcement Directive 2019-7]
Municipal Prosecutor Disclosure Statement
Municipal Prosecutor Separation Statement

Recent News

Somerset County Man Charged with Federal Hate Crime for Breaking into Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University and Destroying Property

A Somerset County, New Jersey, man has been charged with a federal hate crime for breaking into the Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University (CILRU) in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and destroying property, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger for the District of New Jersey, Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and New Jersey State Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced.

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AG Platkin Announces New Law Enforcement Guidelines for Sexual Assault Responses at Sexual Violence Prevention Symposium in Trenton

Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin today announced he has issued a Directive to law enforcement that expands the standard Sexual Assault Response Team activation period from five to seven days from when the incident is reported to have occurred, providing survivors of sexual assault more time to access the trauma-informed services consistent with enhancements in medical and forensic science.

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