Improving rapport between police and public

About 40 people discussed ways to foster better rapport between the public and police at a Thursday night program in Madison co-sponsored by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives) Northern New Jersey Chapter, the Morris County Chiefs of Police Association, the Madison Borough Police Department and the First Baptist Church of Madison, which hosted the forum.

Entitled “The Law & Your Community,” the presentation concentrated on “proper procedures when interacting with law enforcement,” New Jersey law and police internal affairs reporting procedures. Topics explored included how to ensure safe and positive interaction with police during a motor vehicle stop. Attendees also learned procedures for internal affairs reporting.

Improving rapport between police and public

Improving rapport between police and public

Improving rapport between police and public

Improving rapport between police and public
The two-hour program included a discussion on ways police are trained to communicate with the public in different situations and the need for mutual respect between the community and police. Also stressed was the need for police officers to understand the community they serve and the residents who live there. Attendees also learned that law enforcement can be a dangerous job at times and that officers must always perform their duties with an “officer safety first” mentality.

As such, chief presenter, Detective Kim Nelson-Edward of the Montclair Police Department explained that the officer’s approach in some instances may be perceived as defensive when in fact it is not; the bladed stance is merely used for officer safety.

The program was moderated by the Rev. Craig Dunn, church pastor.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp attended, as did First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Zelante, Chief of Investigations John Spiers, Deputy Chief Stephen E. Wilson Jr, Captain Steve Murzenski, Sergeant Keisha Higgs, Detective Aaron King, Supervising Assistant Prosecutor LaJuan Tucker and Assistant Prosecutor Julian Hill.

Besides Det. Nelson-Edward, other individuals from NOBLE who attended were Lieutenant Tyrone Williams of the Montclair Police Department and Jiles Ship, the president of the northern New Jersey Chapter of NOBLE. President Ship introduced the program and provided introductory remarks.

Also attending were Lieutenant Joseph Longo and Sergeant Sean Plumstead from the Madsion Police Department, Officer Juan Rodriguez from the Morris Township Police Department and Sergeant Peter Rolph of the Morris Plains Police Department. .

For inquiries about this release, contact Public Information Officer Fred Snowflack at (973) 829-8159, or [email protected]

‘Knock Out Opiate Abuse Day’ on October 6

Morris County is not immune to the opiate abuse epidemic. As of early September, 65 individuals have died in Morris County from drug overdoses.

In hopes of coordinating a unified approach to combatting opioid addiction, October 6, 2017, has been declared “Knock Out Opiate Abuse Day” by Morris County. The proclamation made Tuesday by the Morris County Board of Freeholders coincides with similar declarations by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey and the state. About 1,900 people have died last year in New Jersey because of opioids.

The proclamation is supported by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the county Department of Human Services, the Morris County Task Force on Opiates and many non-profit agencies in the county concerned about opioid abuse.

'Knock Out Opiate Abuse Day'  on October 6

This initiative has a dual purpose: educating families about opioid medications and reaching out to physicians about safer prescribing guidelines for opioids.

To that end, teams of volunteers will visit physician and dental offices throughout Morris County on that day equipped with information designed to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic facing New Jersey and the nation. The single-day initiative seeks to mobilize the county’s prevention and treatment sectors, public leaders and residents interested in raising awareness of the potential dependency of proscribed pain medicine and the abuse that can follow.

The teams will stress prescription guidelines formulated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They include considering other therapies for pain management, setting treatment goals and more thoroughly discussing with patients and their families the pros and cons of opioids.

For more information about this release, contact Public Information Officer Fred Snowflack at (973) 829-8159 or [email protected]

Man gets 8 years for drug-induced death

A 35-year old Hillside man, Blaine Holley, was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in New Jersey State Prison on charges related to the September, 2016 death of Eric Decter, 31, in Hanover in a case brought by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.

Holley, who previously lived in Irvington, had pleaded guilty on July 17 to one count of Strict Liablity for a Drug-Induced Death, a crime of the first degree,

Under the sentenced imposed by Judge Thomas J. Critchley in state Superior Court, Morristown, Holley will serve 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole. He will also be subject to a five-year period of parole supervision upon his release from prison.

During the sentencing hearing, the state was represented by Chief Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Troiano. Also in attendance was the victim’s mother. Victim-impact statements from the victim’s mother and father were read to the Court. In pronouncing sentence, the judge noted the overwhelming grief that comes with losing a child.

The charge resulted from a death investigation that began on the evening of September 19, 2016 in Hanover. On that date, law enforcement responded to the America’s Best Value Inn on a report of an unconscious male suffering from an apparent narcotics overdose. The male, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was later identified as Decter.

Through a subsequent investigation, it was discovered that Holley distributed various narcotics to Decter on multiple occasions, including on September 19, which caused his death.

On June 1, 2017, Holley was charged by way of Warrant-Complaint with the first-degree crime of Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death, and the third degree crime of Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substances (Heroin and Cocaine).

Prosecutor Knapp stated: “Strict liability prosecutions, such as this one, hopefully will deter distribution of deadly narcotics in our county. The prosecution of such cases is intended to help turn the tide in our current opioid/heroin epidemic.”

Members of the Hanover Township Police Department, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Special Enforcement Unit, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigation Section, and the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office contributed to this investigation and prosecution.

Any inquiries related to this release can be directed to Public Information Officer Fred Snowflack at 973-829-8159 or [email protected]