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  Southern Regional Medical Examiner Office (SRMEO)  
 

In 2005, the Southern Regional Medical Examiner Office was established to serve the counties of Cape May and Cumberland. On September 1, 2013 the Southern Regional Medical Examiner Office also began providing medical examiner services to Atlantic County. The counties entered into a contract with the Department of Law and Public Safety, whereby the Division of Criminal Justice provides death investigations, medical examiner services and toxicology analysis on a fee-for-service basis. The counties reimburse the state for the cost to operate the office.

The staff at Southern Regional Medical Examiner Office investigate the cause and manner of death in accordance with the NJ State Medical Examiner Act NJSA 52:17B. They conduct medico legal investigations, autopsies and other post-mortem analysis to provide county prosecutors and other law enforcement agencies with testimony, laboratory results and other necessary data and evidence to allow for the fair and proper prosecution of criminal cases. Autopsies are conducted at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point.

The daily operation of the office, located on the grounds of the Woodbine Developmental Center, is under the direct supervision of a Medical Examiner, who reports to the State Medical Examiner. The office is also used as a base of operations for Mass Disaster Planning, training and other medical examiner functions. This facility may also serve as the staging area for catastrophes that involve the health and safety of the citizens of this state. The office is charged with conducting death investigations for all violent, sudden, unexpected and suspicious deaths that occur within its jurisdiction. Many cases involve a threat to public health, occupation related deaths, industrial equipment accidents, environmental hazards, vehicular deaths, drownings and even farming accidents.

The office investigates approximately 800 deaths each year.

 
   
 

 

 
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