Camelia M. Valdes
Press Release 8/11/14
Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Hawthorne Police Chief Richard McAuliffe announce the arrest of James T. Woetzel, age 48, of Hawthorne, New Jersey, as a result of an investigation into a vehicular homicide.
Press Release 7/23/14
Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announces the arrest of Carlos R. Belaunde, of Clifton, New Jersey.
Press Release 7/9/14
Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Acting Chief of Police William Fraher of the Paterson Police Department announce that charges were filed against Jhymiere Moore, 19, of Paterson, New Jersey.
Press Release 6/3/2014
More than 325 people – including an estimated 100 Bergen County residents – were arrested as part of a large eight-week task force focusing on the street-level heroin trade in Paterson, the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office announced Tuesday.
Press Release 5/28/2014
Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announces that three Paterson juveniles have been charged with delinquency, for committing an act, which if committed by an adult, would constitute Animal Cruelty resulting in death, a violation of N.J.S.A. 4:22-17c (1), a crime of the third degree, as well as a violation of N.J.S.A. 4:22-17a (3), Animal Cruelty inflicting unnecessary cruelty, a disorderly persons offense, and N.J.S.A. 4:22-17a (1), Animal Cruelty needlessly killing, a disorderly persons offense.
Early in New Jersey's history the state deviated from the British tradition of private prosecutors. It has been reported that as early as 1686 there are records of a colonial Attorney General appearing on behalf of the King in “West New Jersey”. In 1812 the New Jersey Attorney General was authorized by statute "to appoint deputies to prosecute the pleas of the state in such counties as he may not be able to attend in person".
The duties of a county prosecutor have developed through court decisions and legislation. As our courts have pointed out, a county prosecutor has an obligation to detect and arrest, as well as to obtain indictments and prosecute them. He is under a statutory duty to investigate suspicious situations and determine the facts in the process of detecting and arresting, especially when he receives information that makes it reasonably probable that the law has been violated.
The mission of the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office is to insure that the citizens of Passaic County have a professional investigative response to crime and quality legal representation designed to promote the security of our residents while respecting the rights of individual victims of crime. Our commitment is to maintain the highest law enforcement standards and utilize our available resources to:
Fulfill our statutory requirements.
Investigate and prosecute criminals, holding offenders accountable for their crimes.
Maintain and improve quality of case presentation in Passaic County’s Criminal Courts.
Foster partnerships with the full range of diverse groups within Passaic County.
Strive to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of office operations.
Cooperate with other agencies and institutions within the justice system to improve the efficiency of case management.
Maintain and improve the administration of justice
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