About the Bergen
County Prosecutor's Office
Under New Jersey laws, the Bergen County Prosecutor is the chief law enforcement officer
for the County of Bergen. The Prosecutor is a constitutional officer charged with the broad obligation "to use all reasonable
and lawful diligence for the detection, arrest, indictment and conviction of offenders against the laws." As such, the
Prosecutor has wide-ranging authority over the law enforcement community in the county.
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s
Office is composed of Criminal Investigation Squads which are charged with investigating specific types of crimes. Each one
of the Criminal Investigations Squads is staffed with detectives who investigate the crimes and Assistant Prosecutors who
are charged with prosecuting the criminals. Listed below are the Divisions within the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office:
Arson Squad; Appelate and Law Section; Computer Crimes Unit; Juvenile Squad; Criminal Investigation Unit; Narcotics Task Force;
Fatal Accident Squad; Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit; Domestic Violence Unit; Special Investigations Squad; Homicide Squad
Trial Section; Grand Jury Section; and, Computer Division.
The Homicide Squad is responsible for
investigating all homicides and suspicious deaths that occur within the County of Bergen. This includes the death of a person
while in police custody and police involved shootings. The Squad is also responsible for the investigation of persons missing
under circumstances which appear suspicious. The squad is also responsible for investigating unsolved homicides that occurred
within Bergen County. The investigations are conducted jointly by the Homicide Squad and the police department where the death
occurred. When requested by municipal departments, the Squad sometimes assists in attempted murder cases, depending on the
severity of injury inflicted and the complexity of the case.
Anthony D’Augustine is a former detective lieutenant and firearms training
supervisor with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office in New Jersey. He and his wife, Patricia, have four children and
one grandson. According to the book description of “Best Enemies,”
“After retiring under questionable circumstances, Mac searches to find his daughter and to square up with two of his
best enemies. The search takes him to a recreational park in the Catskill Mountains known as Mongaup Pond. When a murder and
kidnapping occur at the upstate New York campground, Mac takes it personally.” Anthony is currently working on his second
novel, “Just Vengance,” which chronicles the continued exploits of Mac Taylor.