PURPOSE The purpose of this standard operating procedure is to maintain procedures for dealing with the immigrant community in compliance with New Jersey Attorney General Directive 2018- 6.
POLICY It is the policy of the Wyckoff Police Department to deal with the immigrant community in compliance with New Jersey Attorney General Directive 2018-6. Immigrants are less likely to report a crime if they fear that the responding officer will turn them over to immigration authorities. This fear makes it more difficult for officers to solve crimes and bring suspects to justice. Law enforcement officers protect the public by investigating state criminal offenses and enforcing state criminal laws. They are not responsible for enforcing civil immigration violations except in narrowly defined circumstances. Such responsibilities instead fall to the federal government and those operating under its authority. Although officers should assist federal immigration authorities when required to do so by law, they should also be mindful that providing assistance above and beyond those requirements threatens to blur the distinctions between state and federal actors and between federal immigration law and state criminal law. It also risks undermining the trust between the law enforcement community and the public.
For the full "Dealing with the Immigrant Community" SOP please click here: WPD Dealing with the Immigrant Community
Dealing with the Immigrant Community