Acting Morris County Prosecutor Announces Fugitive Safe Surrender Program

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that his office will be participating in the upcoming Fugitive Safe Surrender New Jersey (FSSNJ) program to be held Wednesday, November 6 through Saturday, November 9, 2013 at Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church, 661 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, New Jersey.

Pursuant to the program, fugitives hiding from the law in New Jersey will have the opportunity to surrender safely at the Jersey City church, take responsibility for their offenses, and seek favorable consideration from the court, through Fugitive Safe Surrender-North Jersey.

Fugitive Safe Surrender is not an amnesty program.  However, those who participate can seek favorable consideration from the court. This typically results in significantly reduced fines and/or probation requirements instead of incarceration.  The vast majority of participants – typically, more than 99 percent of those who surrender – will be able to return home the same day.

Based on Fugitive Safe Surrender’s past success in New Jersey, an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 wanted persons are expected to peacefully turn themselves in during the four-day window of opportunity.  A total of 13,276 individuals surrendered during New Jersey’s four previous Fugitive Safe Surrender events in Camden, Newark, Somerset/New Brunswick, and Atlantic City.

“If you are wanted for a non-violent offense, we invite you to join the 13,000 individuals from across New Jersey who have already placed themselves on the right side of the law, thanks to Fugitive Safe Surrender,” Acting Attorney General Hoffman said. “Though not an amnesty program, this represents the best opportunity and the best deal you will ever find.”

Acting Prosecutor Knapp stated: “Fugitive Safe Surrender (FSS) is an excellent program benefiting non-violent offenders, law enforcement, and the public.  Morris County alone has nearly 500 outstanding fugitive warrants for third and fourth degree offenses, most of which are non-violent offenders.  By voluntarily surrendering in this program, we preserve precious resources in not having to pursue, locate, and arrest these folks.  The fugitives know that they will also be unharmed and can likely receive favorable consideration for voluntarily turning themselves in.”

Fugitive Safe Surrender-North Jersey is open only to U.S. citizens and legal residents.  Other individuals are not eligible to participate.

Individuals may refer to the link below regarding frequently asked questions concerning the program.  There is also a link for a fact sheet concerning the program.

Fugitive Safe Surrender FAQ:  http://www.fssnj.com/pdfs/FSS-FAQ-2013.pdf

Fugitive Safe Surrender Fact Sheet: http://www.fssnj.com/pdfs/FSS-Fact-Sheet-2013.pdf

Questions can be directed to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Fugitive Unit at (973) 285-6300 or the Fugitive Safe Surrender-North Jersey Hotline at 855-FSS-NJ12 (855-377-6512) or [email protected].  The program can also be followed the program on Facebook at facebook.com/fssnj and Twitter at twitter.com/fssnj.

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

Authorities Investigate Death Caused By Fire in East Hanover

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and East Hanover Police Chief Stanley J. Hansen are reporting that the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the East Hanover Police Department are currently involved with other law enforcement agencies in an investigation concerning the death of Kim DeOliveira, 53 years old, of East Hanover, New Jersey. Ms. DeOliveira’s body was discovered on October 28, 2013. She died as a result of fire related injuries.  The fire occurred at a backyard structure of a home on Phyldan Road in East Hanover. Autopsy results are pending.

The on-going investigation regarding the circumstances of the fire and the death is being conducted by the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office with the East Hanover Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Section, and the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Please contact the East Hanover Police Department at 973-887-0432 or the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200 if you have any relevant information.


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

Authorities Investigate Death Caused By Fire in East Hanover

Morris County Law Enforcement Officials Declare Operation Take-Back a Huge Success

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Chief of Investigations John R. Speirs, Morris Plains Police Chief Scott Thompson, Randolph Township Police Chief David Stokoe and Mountain Lakes Police Chief Shawn Bennett announce that Operation Take-Back, which was jointly held by their agencies on Saturday, October 26, 2013, was a huge success.

Three sites were used for the operation.  In Morris Plains, the Stop and Shop Supermarket at the intersection of Route 10 and Littleton Road, was a collection site.  The Randolph Municipal Building was a second collection site. The Mountain Lakes Fire Department was the third collection site.  The three sites received a combined total of 229 pounds of prescription and over the counter medications.

Operation Take-Back is a national initiative that encourages individuals to turn in unused or expired prescriptions, controlled substances and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal.  The medication collection allows citizens to give their unused medications to law enforcement officials without releasing personal information. The medications are disposed of in an environmentally safe manner.

In addition to helping individuals dispose of unused prescription drugs, Operation Take-Back promotes awareness of juvenile prescription drug prevention efforts.

Concerning the operation, Acting Prosecutor Knapp stated: “This operation serves to remove potentially harmful prescription drugs from possible abuse. Such drugs, unfortunately, have served as a gateway to heroin and other opiates.  By removing them from residences, we hope to impede the addiction cycle.”

Operation Take-Back is a collaborative effort between the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, New Jersey Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Jersey Prevention Network, New Jersey Chiefs’ of Police Association, Morris Plains Police Department, Randolph Police Department, Stop and Shop Supermarket, Mountain Lakes Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.   This initiative also includes numerous other drop off sites nationwide and also throughout Morris County.  To find out if your town is participating in Operation Take-Back, visit www.dea.gov or contact your local Police Department.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp, Chief Speirs, Chief Thompson, Chief Stokoe and Chief Bennett thank all members from their respective agencies who took part in Saturday’s operation.

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