OFFICE OF THE
UNION COUNTY
PROSECUTOR

FOR EMERGENCIES, DIAL 911 Immediately


 Andrew K. RuOTOLO, JR. Justice CENTER
32 Rahway Avenue, elizabeth, NJ 07202

908-527-4500    ucpo@ucnj.org

Lyndsay V. Ruotolo
Acting Prosecutor
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak

Due to the COVID-19 statewide public health emergency, the County of Union is open for essential business only. View alerts and service modifications.

Access to the Union County Prosecutor’s office during the ongoing public health crisis

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID19, public access to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office is being limited, and our on-site workforce has been reduced.  These dramatic steps have been taken to protect the residents of Union County as well as the members of our staff.  Please know that the critical operations of this Office are ongoing and we continue to protect and serve the Union County community. 

If you are encountering an emergency, please call 911.  If you need to report a non-emergent matter, please contact your local police department. 

If you are in need of immediate assistance from a member of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, please contact the front desk at 908-527-4500.  In the alternative, you may communicate with the Prosecutor’s Office by forwarding an email to ucpo@ucnj.org

If you are a victim and need to contact your victim-witness advocate or an assistant prosecutor, you may contact them at their individualized County email address.  General victim witness concerns can be submitted via email at unionvw@ucnj.org.

To members of the Judiciary and the defense bar, please know that every assistant prosecutor is working.  Our assistant prosecutors can be reached via email and/or office-issued cell phone. 

The Union County Prosecutor’s Office remains committed to protecting the safety of the public we serve.  We encourage all members of the Union County community to take recommended precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, and to stay healthy and safe. 

Resources

As we collectively navigate COVID-19, it is important to address the toll that extended periods of social distancing may have on our social, emotional, and mental well-being. The Union County Prosecutor’s Office has compiled a list of some local, state, and national resources to help community members with increased challenges caused by COVID-19.  Below, please find information on COVID-19 Resources, Recovery and Substance Use Support, Mental Health and Crisis Navigation Resources, Domestic Violence Resources, and more.

Recovery Support/Substance Abuse
Mental Health Support

Local

Mobile Community Outreach for Adults 24 hours 908-994-7131

Union County Mobile Response and Stabilization for Children 877-652-7624

Information on Mental Health/ Addiction Services in Union County 908-527-4864 or 908-527-4844

Family and Community Partnership Community Program Directory for Union County Support services for children and families 1-800-572-7233, 

State

New Jersey Mental Health Cares Behavioral Health Referral Service 866-202-4357

NJ Vet2Vet Peer support call center for NJ Veterans 866-VETSNJ4

Mom2Mom Peer support call center for mothers with special needs children (8 am – 8pm) 877-914-6662

Care2Caregiver Peer support call center for families caring for someone with memory loss, Alzheimer’s, and dementia (8:00 am – 8:00 pm) 800-424-2494

Caring Contact Listening network for suicide an non-suicide mental health calls 7am-11pm 908-232-2880 

Cop2Cop 24/7 Peer support call center for NJ Law Enforcement Officers and their families 866-267-2267

NJ Education Association Support line for members and their families 866-243-6532

National

Coronavirus Anxiety Resource Toolkit by Shine

CDC Support for First Responders

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Help Line (24/7/365) 1-800-985-5990

Vets4Warriors 24/7 Peer support call center for Veterans 833-422-2765, 

Crisis Support

Local

Family Crisis Line 24/7 for Youths unable to return home/ in crisis 908-514-2313

State

NJ Hopeline Peer Support and Suicide Prevention (24/7) 855-654-6735

2nd Floor Youth Helpline and problem solution hotline 888-222-2228

NJ Victim Witness Advocacy, Victims of Crime Compensation Office (VCCO) hotline 877-658-2221

National

National Suicide Hotline 24/7 confidential support 1-800-273-8255

American Association of Poison Control Centers 800-222-1222

Self-Injury Hotline 800-366-8288

The Trevor Project Crisis intervention and support for LGBTQ young people under 25 866-488-7386

Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault / Child Abuse and Neglect

Local

Family Justice Center Remotely available for intakes, referrals, safety planning, and crisis counseling 908-527-4980

Union County Rape Crisis Center 24 Hour Rape Crisis Hotline 908-233-RAPE

YWCA Union County offering support and assistance over the phone 908-355-4375

State

NJ Domestic Violence Hotline and Resources 1-800-572-7233

NJ Coalition Against Sexual Violence Resources and support

NJ Department of Child Protection & Permanency 24/7 child abuse and neglect hotline 1-877-652-2873

National

National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 support for victims and survivors 800-799-7233, 

National Sexual Assault Hotline (R.A.I.N.N.)  24/7 help for survivors and loved ones 800-656-4673

National Human Trafficking Hotline 24/7 1-888-373-7888, 

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Union County Prosecutor’s Office (UCPO), led by Lyndsay V. Ruotolo, who was sworn in as the acting Prosecutor on July 18, 2019. 

Acting Prosecutor Ruotolo not only serves as the County’s chief law enforcement officer, but also as the leader of the Prosecutor’s Office.  With a staff of over 250 assistant prosecutors, investigators, forensic scientists, forensic nurses, police training experts, victim witness advocates, and civilian team-members, the Prosecutor’s Office is Union County’s largest law office and one of the County’s largest police agencies.

Together with the law enforcement executives from across the County, the members of this Office have the privilege of serving the public and are charged with promoting public safety, investigating and prosecuting criminal offenses, and doing justice. 

On behalf of the dedicated staff of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, acting Prosecutor Ruotolo invites you to visit our website and follow us on social media, where you will find information about UCPO’s many new initiatives, educational offerings, various departments, resources for the public, recent press releases, and much more.

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Missing Persons Initiative

Cynthia Joseph

Last seen in July of 2017. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Elizabeth Police Department at 908-558-2000.

Jaquan Rhett

Last seen leaving for school on February 27, 2020. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Elizabeth Police Department at 908-558-2000.

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Executive Staff

Lyndsay V. Ruotolo
Acting Prosecutor

Doreen A. Yanik
First Assistant Prosecutor

Derek Nececkas
Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor

Patricia Gusmano
Chief of Detectives

Jorge Jimenez
Deputy Chief of Detectives

Jonathan Parham
Director of County-Wide Police Policy, Planning & Training

Mission

To the people of Union County: you have the right to live your lives without becoming a victim of violence; to have your liberty, as well as the liberty of your neighbors, safeguarded; to own possessions knowing they will not be taken from you; to rest your head at night with the knowledge that should another transgress and cause harm to you, your family, or your property, such persons will be swiftly apprehended and brought to justice. Ensuring these rights is the most fundamental duty entrusted to government by those it governs and serves.

It is the mission of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office to allow the people of this County to live their lives without fear that those lives will be diminished by the acts of those who would betray the laws of a civilized society.

Featured Links

In response to Attorney General Grewal’s Statement dated April 26, 2019, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office has conducted and completed its audit of the Elizabeth Police Department. To further strengthen the community’s trust in law enforcement, we make a report of our findings available to the public.

Upcoming Events and Announcements

 

Prosecutor Ruotolo invites all of Union County’s 4th, 5th, and 6th graders to submit logo ideas to brand our Kids Spreading Kindness campaign. The Kids Spreading Kindness training was developed to address the trend of increased bias incidents among our youth, as well as the growing safety vulnerabilities for children online. The program educates Union County’s kids about ways in which to protect themselves and each other on the internet, while simultaneously providing children with practical tools to identify and reject bias. The chosen logo will be used in the presentation taught in schools across the county, as well as in press or media about the campaign.

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Homicide and Fatal Accident Statistics