| New Jersey, US | 19 Nov 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Gurbir S Grewal has been confirmed as the Prosecutor for Bergen County Prosecutor, the most populous county in New Jersey and home to nearly 1 million residents living in 70 municipalities.
On 14 Nov, the New Jersey state senate confirmed his appointment, making him the first Sikh county prosecutor in the state and the first of South Asian descent.
He will shed the ‘acting prosecutor’ title he carried since 4 January 2016 when he was tapped for the post by Gov. Chris Christie.
“I want to make sure it’s the best office in the state, if not the country to make sure we have the best hiring, the best people, the best training and the best collaboration with our local departments,” he once told NorthJersey.com.
Gurbir, 43, has has been a federal prosecutor most of his career.
He was earlier the chief of the Economic Crimes Unit at U.S. Attorney’s Office from 2014 to 2016. Here, he oversaw the investigation and prosecution of all major white collar and cyber crimes in the District of New Jersey.
The current position gives Gurbir considerable power to lead the county’s most complex criminal investigations, oversee municipal police departments and coordinate regional task forces, the same report added.
At the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office website, this is how Gurbir is introduced under the heading ‘Meet the Prosecutor’:
As Prosecutor, he is the chief law enforcement officer of Bergen County – the most populous county in New Jersey and home to nearly 1 million residents living in 70 municipalities. He oversees a staff of approximately 265 personnel at the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (“BCPO”), consisting of Assistant Prosecutors, Detectives, and support staff. He also exercises supervisory authority over approximately 2,700 sworn law enforcement officers in 72 law enforcement agencies that operate in Bergen County.
In addition to conducting its own proactive investigations, the BCPO maintains specialized squads that assist municipal police departments in the investigation of crimes calling for increased personnel, specialized equipment, technical know-how, or highly specialized training. These crimes include arson, homicide, sex crimes, drug trafficking, traditional organized crime, domestic violence, financial crimes, and cyber crimes.
Grewal, who speaks Punjabi and Hindi, comes from one of the fastest-growing segments of New Jersey’s population. The number of people of Indian descent in the state increased 73 percent during the 2000s. In Bergen, that number grew by 40 percent to 24,973 by 2010, or 2.8 percent of Bergen County’s overall population, reports NorthJersey.com.
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