Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury Join Opioid Awareness Conference in Washington Township

On Tuesday, April 24th, the Washington Township Municipal Alliance Committee hosted their first Opioid Awareness Conference in partnership with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and Morris Center for Addiction Recovery Education & Success (CARES).  The speakers were Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Morris County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury, Washington Township Police Department Chief Jeffrey Almer, Morris County Sheriff James Gannon, and Alton Robinson of the Morris County Center for Addiction Recovery Education & Success (CARES).

Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury Join Opioid Awareness Conference in Washington Township

Approximately two hundred members of the community attended the program to learn more about the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic. Those in attendance included community leaders and clergy, eager to embrace the Morris County Stigma-Free Communities Initiative. The goal of this Initiative is to eradicate the stigma associated with substance abuse disorders. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury’s one hour presentation reinforced this concept, and further educated the audience about this plague affecting Morris County and the state of New Jersey. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office regularly works with community leaders, with the goal of combatting the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic. Any independent organizations seeking to hold similar programs are welcome to contact Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury at 973-285-6200.

Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury Join Opioid Awareness Conference in Washington Township

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.

Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury Conduct Opioid Presentation at First Presbyterian Church in New Vernon

On Sunday, April 22, 2018 Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury gave a presentation on the Opioid and Heroin Epidemic at the First Presbyterian Church in New Vernon. Approximately 25 parishioners attended the one hour presentation following their morning service.

Prosecutor Knapp welcomed those attending and thanked the Church for hosting the event. He then spoke on the Opioid and Heroin Epidemic. Prosecutor Knapp discussed some of the statistics in the United States at this point, including the fact that more people died in the United States last year from drug overdoses, than during the entire course of the Vietnam War.

Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury Conduct Opioid Presentation at First Presbyterian Church in New Vernon

Following Prosecutor Knapp’s remarks, CAP Seabury spoke about his role in the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office as the head of the Special Enforcement Unit. CAP Seabury talked about how his team is attempting to save lives every day throughout Morris County, and the challenges that go along with that. He then provided his “Opiates 101” presentation, which covers the essential facts about the Opioid and Heroin Epidemic. One of the main focus points of this presentation is that this Epidemic does not escape any community. It has been happening throughout Morris County and will continue to happen throughout Morris County unless we join together to fight this epidemic.

Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury Conduct Opioid Presentation at First Presbyterian Church in New Vernon

CAP Seabury introduced Kate Garrity after he completed his presentation. Ms. Garrity provided the audience with a heartfelt, firsthand story of how the Epidemic has affected her life. She shared the tragic story of her son who passed away in 2016, as a way to both keep his memory alive and to help inform the community that it can happen to their children whether they believe it will or not. Kate’s continued strength and resolve to help spread the word in the community is an inspiration and people like her play crucial roles in combatting the Opioid and Heroin Epidemic.

Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury Conduct Opioid Presentation at First Presbyterian Church in New Vernon

The parishioners of the First Presbyterian Church of New Vernon were enthusiastic and eager to learn more about how the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and their partners such as Morris CARES are working to combat this Epidemic in Morris County. Their willingness to participate in community programs, and give back to the Morris County community is important in our combined efforts against the Opioid and Heroin Epidemic.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.

Alfonse Imperiale

It is with great sadness that the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office reports the passing of our friend and colleague Alfonse Imperiale. Al joined the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in 2008 after serving nearly 33 years with the New Jersey Transit Police where he eventually retired as a Captain. During his time with the MCPO, Al was the Director of Critical Infrastructure and played an important role in the Homeland Security Unit for over ten years. His responsibilities included providing security assessments for countless churches, schools, hospitals, and other public buildings to determine their safety against possible terrorist attacks. Al’s influence spread far and wide over the Morris County community and throughout the entire State of New Jersey. He was a mentor and friend to countless members of the office. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office offers their sincerest condolences to Al’s family and friends.

Alfonse Imperiale