During 2016, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) was comprised of one detective sergeant and one detective. The unit is supervised by an assistant prosecutor. The chain of command for SIU includes one lieutenant and one captain. The assigned lieutenant conducts investigations when necessary.
SIU conducts inquiries and/or investigations into a wide variety of matters including criminal complaints, allegations of official misconduct, claims of misfeasance or malfeasance, political corruption, Sunshine Law violations, Open Public Meetings Act violations and other confidential and/or sensitive matters which involve local or county law enforcement officers, as well as elected or appointed public officials. SIU also investigates matters referred to the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office from the Office of the Governor, Division of Criminal Justice, and elected officials.
In addition, SIU conducts internal affairs investigations of complaints against Prosecutor’s Office employees. SIU also provides assistance and support to municipal police departments conducting their own internal affairs investigations. SIU also provides polygraph support to both the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and other law enforcement agencies operating within Burlington County. The polygraph examinations are administered by the lieutenant assigned to the Unit. SIU also conducts background investigations on prospective employees of the BCPO.
In 2016, the Special Investigations Unit was involved in conducting 108 investigations.