The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office has opened a new facility for its investigative staff at the Meadowview campus, 595 County Avenue, Building 1 in Secaucus. The facility, relocated from Duncan Avenue in Jersey City, will allow the office to conduct investigations in a more efficient and timely manner.
Approximately 90 employees are assigned to this facility, including the Homicide Unit,
Special Victims Unit, Narcotics Task Force, and Crime Scene Unit. The relocation comes with significant and necessary facility upgrades that will allow HCPO personnel to work more safely and efficiently and be more welcoming to the community it serves:
The Law Enforcement Complex has three, main functions:
- Child Advocacy Center – The new Child Advocacy Center (CAC) is designed to create a more welcoming facility for children who are victims or witnesses of crimes. The CAC works closely with the HCPO’s Special Victims Unit, as this unit oversees investigations regarding child abuse and sex crimes.
- DNA Lab – The HCPO is in the process of constructing a DNA Lab. This will be an addition to the Forensic Lab the HCPO already has onsite. Like most law enforcement agencies across the state, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez says the HCPO currently relies on New Jersey State Police forensic labs to process items of evidentiary value. An expanded, in-house forensic team will allow the HCPO to process material almost immediately, rather than the months it often takes outside labs. There are only a handful of comparable DNA labs like this in New Jersey.
- Cybercrime Lab – A Cybercrime Lab has also been built. This additional resource will allow investigators to more expeditiously execute search warrants, better utilize technology to solve crimes, and ultimately expand investigative services. It is the HCPO’s intention that this lab will serve as a resource to all Hudson County municipalities, law enforcement agencies, and the growing financial sector to help protect them from cyberattacks and security breaches.