The primary mission of the Bureau of
Criminal Identification is the positive identification of
suspects, defendants and inmates. This mission also includes
professional service to all police agencies within SomersetCounty, the State of New Jersey; all states nationwide and all
Federal law enforcement agencies. All services will be
performed promptly, properly and professionally without
Robert K McCarthy
The Bureau of
Criminal Identification is a subdivision of the Law Enforcement
Division of the Sheriff’s Office. The BCI Unit consists of seven
civilian officers, one supervisor and three clerical employees.
Monday through Friday 7:00a.m. to 4:30p.m.
On call 24
hours per day, 7 days per week.
files: 80,000 criminal files are maintained
County Probation: Uses BCI to update files of probationers.
County Police Academy: Initial background checks are done
for the alternate route program.
checks for county agencies. BCI services are used for
background checks for employment by the following: Somerset
County Human Resources, Somerset County Superior Court, and
C.A.S.A. for Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties.
Provide information regarding outstanding criminal and
traffic warrants and national crime information center (NCIC)
warrants to the Somerset County Jail and other law
persons: Information is supplied to local police agencies.
County Jail: BCI supplies information regarding bail. All
inmates prior to their release on bail, time served or
transferred to other institutions are checked for warrants.
Sheriff’s Office – Assists in the pre-warrant sweep
intelligence gathering. During warrant sweeps, BCI
fingerprints, processes verifies and classifies all
Prosecutor’s Office – Fingerprints, photograph, verifies and
classifies all arrested individuals.
Fingerprint Program – Fingerprints students in a number of
county school districts. After gaining parental permission,
children are fingerprinted and parents are given the prints
–Instructs police recruits basic fingerprinting methods at
the Somerset County Police Academy. Provides in-service
training for Police Officers.
– Identification Officers prepare photo line-ups for
municipal police departments and the Somerset County
Comparisons – Provides identification of suspects and
arrestees for police agencies for classification and
verification of fingerprints.
Classification/Verification of Fingerprints – All
individuals arrested and/or incarcerated are fingerprinted.
The fingerprints are classified and the suspect’s identity
DNA Samples –
The legislation enacted in September 2003 mandates that
every person convicted or found guilty of a crime or by
reason of insanity shall have DNA sample taken. The law
applied to all individuals sentenced to terms of
imprisonment and/or probation for crimes of the first
through fourth degree.
student, teacher and counselor fingerprinting for Raritan
Valley Community College
capabilities have been very valuable to the law enforcement
communities of Somerset County and the State of New Jersey.
Somerset County Bureau of
Criminal Identification is available to assist with
fingerprinting for a myriad of reasons, based upon specific
need. Please check with your local Police Department to
ascertain if they can assist you before contacting us for an
appointment. Often, your local Police Department will be
able to assist you quickly and efficiently with your needs.
Should you need to make
an appointment with the BCI Unit for fingerprinting, please
contact us at
to make an appointment.
Fingerprinting Appointment Times can be scheduled as follows:
Monday – 9:00am –
Tuesday – 9:00am –
Wednesday – 9:00am –
The Somerset County
Bureau of Criminal Identification is also available to
provide Attorney ID’s for qualified persons. If you fit the
criteria, please make an appointment during one of the
following times and be sure to bring identification with you
to the appointment.
Attorney ID Appointment Times:
Monday - 7:30am –
Tuesday - 7:30am –
Wednesday - 7:30am –
information can be obtained by contacting the Bureau at
For any further information regarding the BCI unit, please
Robert McCarthy at: