The Immigrant Trust Directive is designed to strengthen trust between New Jersey’s law enforcement officers and the state’s diverse immigrant communities, thereby ensuring that victims and witnesses feel safe reporting crimes. The directive is intended to draw a clearer distinction between state, county, and municipal law enforcement officers, who are responsible for enforcing state criminal law and federal immigration authorities, (including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE), who enforce federal civil immigration law.
Nothing in the directive limits the ability of Madison Police Officers to enforce state criminal law or suggests that New Jersey provides “sanctuary” to individuals who commit crimes.
When a Madison Police Officer makes an arrest for a violent or serious offense (including any crime of the 1st or 2nd degree or any domestic violence indictable offense), the officer will inquire on the defendants citizenship, nationality and immigration status during the booking process. If there is reasonable belief that the defendant may not be in the United States lawfully, the arresting agency shall notify the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Morris County Prosecutors Office.
Any person that feels that a violation has occurred regarding these directives or policies may file a complaint through the Madison Police Department Internal Affairs Unit. Anonymous complaints will also be thoroughly investigated. For more information, visit: Internal Affairs
To Learn more, visit: www.NJ.gov/trust
The Policy & Procedure of the Madison Police Department regarding Immigration trust can be viewed on the Department Policy web-page.
Some immigrant victims of crimes may be able to get special visas called U and/or T visas. These visas protect victims of certain crimes who help law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of those crimes. U and T visas provide the following benefits: