Prosecutor Announces Investigative Staff Promotions

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations John Speirs announce three promotions effective today, October 31, 2016, to fill vacant supervisory positions within the Prosecutor’s Office. The vacancies were created by the recent retirement of Lieutenant Charles Brady.

Sergeant Evelyn Tasoulas was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, assigned to the General Investigations Unit of the Courts & Administration Division.

Detective/Supervisor Matthew Potter was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, assigned to the General Investigations Unit of the Courts & Administration Division.

Detective Daniel Haber was promoted to the rank of Detective/ Supervisor, assigned to the Professional Standards Unit of the Specialized Crimes Division.

Prosecutor Knapp stated, “Each individual has demonstrated an unconditional commitment to the goals and objectives of this organization. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to promote those of such high caliber.”

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Paul Merkler at [email protected] or 973-285-6215.

Deirdre’s House receives a $10,000 Donation from the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation

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Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp commended the work and dedication of the staff of Deirdre’s House, Morris County’s Child Advocacy Center, as they were designated by the New York Jets to be their “Courage House” through the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation (www.edblock.org).

The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to raising awareness and prevention for abused, neglected, and at risk children. The foundation defines a “Courage House” as a facility that provides support and quality care for abused children and their families in that community. The efforts of the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, the NFL, the NFL Players Association, the NFL Alumni Association, NFL Films, the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society and the Pro Football Hall of Fame allow for the mission to flourish.

Deirdre’s House was officially designated as a “Courage House” on October 25, 2016. This recognition included a donation of $10,000 from the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation. Members of the Jets organization, including Safety Rontez Miles, and representatives of the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation were in attendance along with Prosecutor Knapp and members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit as Deirdre’s House received this prestigious honor.

The Prosecutor spoke about Deirdre’s House, the vital services the facility provides for abused, neglected, and at risk children, and the staffs dedication and commitment to the health and welfare of these children. Moreover, he praised the JETS football team for their ongoing support of Deirdre’s House.

Deirdre’s House was established in 1994. It is currently the only site in Morris County where a child victim can be interviewed and digitally recorded by law enforcement, medically examined and treated by a pediatric abuse specialist, prepared for trial, and clinically counseled.

After the event, Prosecutor Knapp said, “One of the many goals of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is prosecuting those who injure our children. Deirdre’s House provides a necessary platform towards that goal.”

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Paul Merkler at [email protected] or (973) 285-6215.

Chasing the Dragon: Confronting the Opiate Epidemic in our Communities

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will participate in a community event titled “Chasing the Dragon: Confronting the Opiate Epidemic in our Communities.”

Coordinated by the Morris County Department of Human Services and the Community Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris, the event, which is open to the public and free of charge, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 9: 00 pm, at the Meadow Wood Manor, 461 Route 10, Randolph, NJ 07869.

Speakers will include Prosecutor Knapp, Morris County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury, medical and law enforcement professionals, and experts from the treatment and prevention fields. The scope of the problem, how lives are being affected, and what is being done to confront the opiate epidemic will be discussed.

The event will also include a screening of “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict” produced by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Pre-Registration is required and seating is limited. To register, go to:
https://morriscountynj.wufoo.com/forms/2016-countywide-prevention-forum/

For more information, call (973) 285-6867 or (973) 625-1998.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Paul Merkler at [email protected] or (973) 285-6215.