pecial Victims Unit
The Special Victims Unit is comprised of 2 Detective Sergeants and 3 Detectives that specialize in investigations involving sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse, abuse of those with disabilities, and the Internet Crimes Against Children task force. In addition, the SVU handles the Megan's Law caseload for Hunterdon County, which includes the tracking of registered sex offenders and notification to law enforcement, community organizations and/or the public. The SVU detectives are trained in forensic interviewing of children and those with developmental disabilities. Investigations are conducted in conjunction with the local police department and/or New Jersey State Police, as well as the Division of Youth and Family Services when applicable. The SVU actively conducts investigations into computer related crimes that involve the exploitation of children. Internet safety and other related issues are the focus of school talks that are conducted on a regular basis by SVU detectives at Hunterdon County schools. In addition, the SVU conducts trainings for Adult Protective Services throughout the state to educate on elder abuse and exploitation.
Community organizations that own or operate an establishment where children gather under their care, or where the organization cares for women, may be eligible for notification of certain registered sex offenders; specifically registrants that are Tier 2 and Tier 3. Click here to download a Community Organization Application form.