Since 1994, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office has assigned an assistant prosecutor to work full-time at the Elizabeth Police Department; referred to as the “Elizabeth Project,” the program aims to improve the relationship between the Elizabeth Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Office by providing the Department with legal advice and investigative support.

The assistant prosecutor annually reviews hundreds of police reports and statements to determine when there is sufficient evidence for indictable charges to be filed or whether the case should be heard in Elizabeth Municipal Court. This allows Elizabeth Police Department detectives to spend more time on cases involving serious indictable charges and also eases the burden of the clerical, investigative, and legal staffs of both the Elizabeth Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Office. The Prosecutor’s Office representative also screens all criminal investigations for accuracy, completeness, and disposition before they are forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office for presentation to the Grand Jury, and he or she provides daily legal advice to the investigative units of the Elizabeth Police Department.