Senior Crimes / Bias Unit
The Bias Crime Unit, Senior Scam Task Force and the Ocean County Human Relations Commission are part of the Special Investigations Bureau
Senior Scam Task Force
The Senior Scam Task Force was formed in 2003 to serve Ocean County’s large senior population. With one third of the population within Ocean County sixty (60) years of age or older, the Task Force works tirelessly to protect Ocean County seniors by pro-actively educating and raising senior awareness of unscrupulous predators. Task Force members are charged with investigating and prosecuting those who prey upon seniors by way of Internet, mailing scams and other illegal activities.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office serves as the coordinator of the Senior Scam Task Force. Task Force members include all local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies, the Ocean County Office of Senior Services, Ocean County Adult Protective Services, Ocean County Division of Consumer Affairs, Ocean County Board of Health, Ocean County Surrogates Office, Ocean-Monmouth Legal Services, Elder Law section of the Ocean County Bar Association, NJ State Office of the Ombudsman, NJ State Department of Health and Senior Services, NJ Office of the Public Advocate, all Banking and Financial Institutions, and any senior citizen organization/agencies dedicated to protecting senior citizens from opportunist criminals.
The Task Force shares information amongst its members, the senior population and various civic and/or community organizations, as these types of crimes have no jurisdictional boundaries.
The Task Force conducts annual conferences, seminars and training sessions to provide information about crimes that may be perpetrated against the senior population by virtue of their age.
Human Relations Commission
The Ocean County Human Relations Commission allows community members and agencies along with law enforcement, school districts and local, county, state and federal government agencies to work together to improve race relations.
The Commission provides programs and activities designed to eliminate discrimination of any kind on any level. The Commission acts as a focal point for the discussion and resolution of issues of concern and provides leadership in the mobilization of community involvement to resolve problems related to bias and prejudice.
The Commissions goal is to provide programs within our community that will help eliminate bias incidents that occur to persons or property because of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, or ethnicity of the victim.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, in accordance with the New Jersey State Attorney General’s Guidelines, requires that all SUSPECTED or CONFIRMED Bias Incidents or Crimes be reported to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Bias Crime Unit within 24 hours.
Bias Incidents may generate fear, alienation and concern among victims and the community. These incidents have the potential of reoccurring, escalating and possibly causing counter-violence.
The Bias Crime Unit responds promptly and works closely with local, state and federal agencies to conduct thorough and comprehensive investigations to apprehend the perpetrator(s) and to keep the incident(s) from escalating.
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