Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Receives State Accreditation and National Recognition

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces today that the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has been awarded the status of State Accreditation from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) and National Recognition from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

Today Acting Prosecutor Knapp and members of his staff appeared before a hearing conducted by the New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (an arm of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police) in Princeton where the Office was awarded the status of being an Accredited Law Enforcement Agency. This achievement represents the completion of a two- year voluntary process of thorough office-wide business process evaluation and policy development, which culminated in an independent inspection conducted by an outside team of assessors from the accrediting body. That review resulted in the verification that the Office’s business practices and policies were in accordance with State and National Standards.

Previously, on March 23, 2013, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office was notified by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) that the office was awarded the status of National Recognition through their Recognition through Alliance Program.

The Accreditation Process is a valuable management model and blueprint for self-improvement which strengthens accountability within the office through a continuum of standards that clearly define authority, performance and responsibilities. Participation in the program resulted in the improvement of overall office operations, policies, procedures, management and leadership. Furthermore, by voluntarily and transparently subjecting the Office’s policies and business practices to independent inspection and verification, it has also served to increase our accountability and enhance our credibility with the public we serve.

The Status of State Accreditation and National Recognition signifies excellence in law enforcement policy and practices and is for a period of three (3) years.

CALEA was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the efforts of law enforcement’s major executive associations: the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA), and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].

Morris County Worker Sentenced to Five Years Probation For Unlawful Weapons Possession

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces today that the Honorable Robert J. Gilson, J.S.C. sentenced Lawrence Ball, 55 years old of Randolph Township, New Jersey, to five years probation in connection with firing a weapon at passing vehicles.

The defendant had been employed by Morris County for over 19 years. He was arrested on September 13, 2010 on multiple counts of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and for Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, after it was reported he was firing a weapon at passing cars.

On March 12, 2013, the defendant pled guilty to Third Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, a BB gun handgun, and Third Degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, a slingshot.

In pleading guilty, the defendant admitted to possession of the BB gun without a lawful permit and also to firing a slingshot at passing vehicles.

Judge Gilson sentenced Ball to five years probation along with strict mental health treatment as outlined in a supplemental agreement. Ball must also forfeit his public employment, forfeit any and all weapons, have no contact with weapons, forfeit his firearm ID card, and have no contact with the victims in the case. Restitution to the victims was also ordered by the Court.

Assistant Prosecutor Brian DiGiacomo represented the State at the sentencing.

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Knapp thanks Police Chief Robert Mason and the Randolph Township Police Department, Police Chief Scott Thompson and the Morris Plains Police Department, Police Chief John McGuinness and the Morris Township Police Department, Sheriff Edward Rochford and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office General Investigations Unit for the efforts resulting in today’s sentence.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].