The Special Prosecutions Unit handles allegations of misconduct by government officials acting in their official capacities, complex frauds that generally exceed one hundred thousand dollars, election law violations, internal employee misconduct and a variety of other
assignments requested by the Prosecutor. The official
misconduct complaints typically involve allegations
against police officers, though the unit often receives Special Prosecutions Unit
complaints about tax clerks, firefighters, teachers, Section Chief: Mark Chase
court personnel and elected public servants. Unit Commander: Sgt. Dave Lick
The official misconduct cases require special care
because they involve violations of public trust and frequently have political ramifications. Such matters demand a balance of investigative persistence and diplomacy. Due to the sensitive nature of corruption cases, the unit works with a high level of confidentiality. The financial cases, which usually involve theft perpetrated by fraud, normally require long-term investigations often lasting a year or more.
Special Prosecutions is also responsible for conducting the background investigations of all new Camden County Prosecutor's Office employees. A background investigation includes obtaining the applicants criminal history, motor vehicle history, visiting the applicants neighbors, contacting the applicants references and verifying the applicants educational degrees. In addition to testing all new employees for drug use unannounced random drug monitoring is conducted by Special Prosecutions personnel for all sworn staff members.
The unit members work closely with many of the Internal Affairs Units of the police departments in Camden County. A unit assistant prosecutor is always on call to provide legal advice and an investigative unit member is always on call to assist the local police departments.
Unlike most other investigative units in the office, the unit functions as a vertical prosecutions unit.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Assistant prosecutors provide legal assistance for all unit Investigators and prosecute cases when sufficient evidence is developed. One assistant prosecutor, who serves as Section Chief, has overall responsibility for the effective operation of the unit. A ranking officer serves as unit commander. He assigns cases and directs investigators in their work. It is the duty of the secretary to type, store and retrieve documents generated by the investigators and assistant prosecutors in a timely and efficient manner.
Camden County Prosecutor's Office 25 North 5th Street Camden, New Jersey 08102 856-225-8400