Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will Host Police Use of Force and Officer Involved Shooting Program

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is pleased to announce the hosting of the “Police Use of Force and Officer Involved Shooting” presentation as the first implementation of New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s “21-County, 21st Century Community Policing Project”. This project aims to foster better relationships between law enforcement and the communities in which they serve and protect across the state of New Jersey. All of the twenty one county prosecutor’s offices in New Jersey will host a community event once a quarter to ensure that the leaders in the respective communities are granted opportunities to meet with local law enforcement agencies. These stakeholders in the community include local law enforcement, religious groups, civil rights organizations, high school superintendents, and college and university security personnel. The “21/21 Community Policing Project” will ultimately lead to more than 80 events across the state of New Jersey over the next year.

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will be hosting this initial presentation at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy. The event will run from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. The speakers will be Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, First Assistant New Jersey Attorney General Jennifer Davenport, Morris County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Matthew J. Troiano, Morris County Deputy Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr, and Morris County Department of Law & Public Safety Director Scott Di Giralomo. Over 150 stakeholders have been invited to attend including clergy, community leaders, elected officials, and local law enforcement.

The program will begin with introductory remarks from Prosecutor Knapp and First Assistant Attorney General Davenport. Following their remarks, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Troiano and Deputy Chief of Investigations Wilson will provide a review of the Attorney General’s Police Use of Force and Officer Involved Shootings directive. Morris County Department of Law & Public Safety Director Scott Di Giralomo and his staff, will then give a simulator demonstration of the VirTra Simulator Firearms Training System with CAP Troiano and DC Wilson. Morris County has one of the few such firearms simulators in the State of New Jersey. This video simulator is a very effective tool, enabling law enforcement officers to train for the most difficult real-world situations, which may result in the use of deadly force.

Attorney General Grewal said the following about the focus of the first quarter presentations, “Every day, law enforcement officers across New Jersey work closely with the members of the public to keep our streets safe. But that does not mean we cannot do better, and strengthening police-community relations in New Jersey is one of my top priorities. Despite the best efforts of many people, we know that divides exist in some instances between law enforcement and the communities they serve. In certain cases, these divides have been created by misunderstandings rooted in past events, and in other cases, they are based on misperceptions about law enforcement. The goal of our ‘21/21 Project’ is to bridge those divides by bringing law enforcement together with community leaders and stakeholders, encouraging dialogue on critical issues, and building relationships of trust that will continue after these meetings are adjourned.”

Prosecutor Knapp stated, “As President of the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey, I stand with Attorney General Grewal supporting this essential county outreach initiative. We look forward to continuing to cultivate strong relationships between community leaders throughout the county and the local law enforcement agencies.

Unfortunately, due to limited seating capacity, the event is NOT open to the public. However, the media is welcome to attend.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will Host Police Use of Force and Officer Involved Shooting Program
Prosecutor Knapp                
Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will Host Police Use of Force and Officer Involved Shooting Program
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Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Observed throughout New Jersey

Since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week has been celebrated every year in April. It is a time of national remembrance and is dedicated to educating the public about victimization, the effect victimization has on individuals, families, friends and the community, and to promote laws, policies, and programs to help victims of crime.

This year, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week begins on Sunday, April 8, 2018 and ends on Saturday, April 14, 2018 and the theme is “Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims”. The theme addresses how professionals who work with crime victims can better ensure that every victim has access to services and support, as well as how these professionals can partner with the local community and organizations to ensure that all victims are taken care of.

On April 11, 2018 at 7:00pm, the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders will present a Proclamation to Prosecutor Fredric Knapp on behalf of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in honor and recognition of 2018 Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This presentation will be held at the Borough Hall/Hartley Dodge Memorial Building in Madison, New Jersey during the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders Public Meeting.

For the first time, the New Jersey Victim Witness Coordinators’ Association, which is a statewide committee comprised of the Victim Witness Coordinator from each of New Jersey’s twenty one counties, has partnered with the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey to sponsor a statewide speaker series on sexual assault for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

They are hosting their Northern New Jersey events, on Thursday, April 12, 2018. It will begin that morning at Kean University in the STEM Building from 9:15am-10:45am, and continue at Montclair State University’s Memorial Auditorium from 2:30pm-4:30pm. The Central New Jersey morning session will be on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Monmouth University Pollack Theatre, and the afternoon session will be hosted by the Middlesex County Fire Academy from 2:00pm-4:00pm. Southern New Jersey will hold their presentation on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 8:30am-12:00pm in the George P. Luciano Family Center at Cumberland County College. The keynote speaker for these programs, is Jeffrey Bucholtz, the Director of the California based agency, We End Violence. His program is titled “Get Real about Sex, Consent, & Violence”. Bucholtz, who is the outgoing president of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council, has worked for the past sixteen years as an activist, organizer, and public speaker in the fields of domestic violence and violence prevention.

“I am proud that as President of the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey we are providing these important programs recognizing the rights of crime victims. New Jersey has been at the forefront from the inception of recognizing the rights of survivors and their families,” said Prosecutor Knapp.

All are invited to join the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at these Northern New Jersey events commemorating National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. For more information or to RSVP for the Northern New Jersey programs, contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Victim Witness Unit at 973-285-6210 or e-mail [email protected] For questions concerning the Southern New Jersey program contact Rita Carr-Volpe at 856-453-0486 x11157 and for more information on the Central New Jersey programs contact Nancy Frankie at 732-431-6459.

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

Prosecutor Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury Conduct Wharton Borough Opioids and Addiction Forum

On March 29, Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury spoke at the Stigma Free Morris County: Wharton Borough Opioids and Addiction Forum hosted by the Wharton Board of Education. The event was hosted by the Wharton Municipal Alliance and the Wharton Police Department at MacKinnon Middle School. The event included a presentation by Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Members of Morris Center for Addiction Recovery Education & Success (CARES), the Morris County Juvenile Corrections facility, as well as Deirdre’s House also provided resources to those attending.

Lieutenant Dave Young of the Wharton Police Department began the event and welcomed the community members in attendance, and thanked all of the participants.

Following Lieutenant Young, Prosecutor Knapp spoke about the importance of these educational events for the Morris County community. He also discussed the various ways that the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is combatting the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic, specifically the implementation of the Narcan 2.0 program. This program in partnership with Morris CARES, gives people who have received Narcan reversals an easier path to receive the treatment and support that they need.

Prosecutor Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury Conduct Wharton Borough Opioids and Addiction Forum

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury delivered what he likes to call his “Opiates 101” presentation to further educate the audience about the Epidemic. One of the driving points in his roughly one hour presentation, is that people need to forget about the stigma that surrounds the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic. While no one may believe that it is happening around them, CAP Seabury makes it a point for everyone in the audience to look to their right and left as a way of understanding that substance abuse disorder can happen to anyone. He also recognized the efforts of the municipal police departments of Morris County, who have done an impressive job in working with both the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Morris County Sheriff’s Office to combat this epidemic.

Prosecutor Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury Conduct Wharton Borough Opioids and Addiction Forum

Sheriff Gannon’s presentation focused on the Hope One program and the partnership with Morris CARES. Hope One is a vehicle that parks in various towns throughout Morris County offering free counseling, training, and even treatment for anyone who is either suffering from a heroin or opioid addiction, or knows someone who is. Sheriff Gannon announced that this program will be implemented in Newark, as well as Atlantic and Monmouth Counties in the near future.

Morris County continues to be at the forefront of combatting the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic, and programs such as this play a large role in that. It is a community effort, and as more people are educated on this, lives can and will be saved.

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