Does the South Orange Police Department have any options in place to redirect juvenile offenders out of the criminal justice system?


Yes. Per agency policy and Attorney General Guidelines, the South Orange Police Department is able to utilize several options based on the severity of the offense. The ultimate goal is to prevent further offenses by the juvenile and divert them from the adult criminal justice system. One approach is known as, “curb-side-adjustment.” A curb-side-adjustment is employed when a juvenile offender has committed a low level offense (e.g. shoplifting a candy bar). On scene, an officer contacts a parent or guardian of the juvenile offender, has them respond to scene of the incident and take custody of their child.

For more serious offenses where the juvenile is taken in to custody, the Juvenile Aid Bureau (detectives within SOPD) may utilize a “station-house adjustment.” During a station-house adjustment charges are not immediately filed against the juvenile. The station-house adjustment is an agreement between the police, the victim, the juvenile, and the parent. For example, the agreement may have the juvenile perform community service in lieu of having the charges filed. These programs redirect juveniles out of the criminal justice system while still holding them accountable for their actions.

In cases where a juvenile has committed a serious offense, which would be considered to be felony crimes were they committed by an adult (e.g. robbery), the South Orange Police Department is required to forward the matter to the Essex County Court system for handling.

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1. What is the hiring process like to become a South Orange Police Officer?
2. What type of continuing education and or training does a South Orange Police Officer receive during their career?
3. Why is the word PROUD written on the back of all of the department’s police vehicles?
4. Do South Orange Police Officer’s currently wear body worn cameras?
5. What is the Primary function of the Internal Affairs Unit at The South Orange Police Department?
6. Does the South Orange Police Department have an early warning system which identifies problematic behavior or actions prior to them becoming a much larger issue?
7. Can an anonymous person file a complaint against a South Orange Police Officer?
8. Does the South Orange Police Department have a Use of Force policy?
9. Are South Orange Police Officers trained to verbally de-escalate a situation before resorting to using force?
10. Are there any circumstances where a South Orange Police Officer is permitted to use excessive force?
11. Can a South Orange Police Officer shoot at or from a moving vehicle?
12. Are South Orange Police Officers required to intervene if they witness another officer using excessive force?
13. Are South Orange Police Officers required to report incidents where they have used force?
14. What is the difference between a Use of Force Report and a complaint of excessive force?
15. What use of force options are available to a South Orange Police Officer?
16. Under what circumstances may a South Orange Police Officer use physical or mechanical force?
17. Under what circumstances may a South Orange Police Officer use deadly force?
18. Are South Orange Police Officers permitted to use chokeholds?
19. If a South Orange Police Officer uses force during an encounter, are they trained to administer the necessary medical aid to the subject should it be required?
20. Do the South Orange Police Department’s policies and procedures regarding Use of Force align with the “8 Can’t Wait” campaign?
21. Does the South Orange Police Department have any options in place to redirect juvenile offenders out of the criminal justice system?
22. What is the level of police involvement with youth and in schools (specifically, DARE, LEAD, SROs, and athletics)?
23. Does the South Orange Police Department currently have a civilian review board?
24. What types of calls for service does a South Orange Police Officer respond to? What other resources does South Orange have to reduce the number of calls to the police?
25. Does the racial makeup of the South Orange Police Department reflect the community it serves?
26. How can I obtain a copy of a police report?
27. How do I apply for a firearms ID card and/or a handgun permit?