On Wednesday, July 11, 2018, Detective Patrick LaGuerre and Sergeant Mark Castellano of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office conducted workshops with local youth at the Spring Street Community Development Corp’s S.O.A.R (Student Outreach and Academic Reinforcement) Bridge summer camp. Teresa Williams, the executive director of the Spring Street Community Development Corp. and wife of Reverend Sidney Williams of Bethel A.M.E. Church of Morristown, NJ who was in attendance at the event, expressed the Reverend’s regret that he could not attend the program, due to being out of state at the time.
The program was comprised of three workshops which focused on bullying, gangs, and how to interact with law enforcement when they are stopped by police. They were taught to cooperate with officers, to be respectful to officers, and to ask to contact their parents if they felt uncomfortable at any point. Approximately twenty children and teenagers attended the event, and all of them were engaged throughout the entire program. It was an exciting afternoon full of useful knowledge which will continue to help the campers in attendance as they close out the summer and get ready for the new school year.
Prosecutor Knapp said, “We greatly appreciate the opportunity to provide this presentation to the participants in the young people’s workshop. The Prosecutor’s Office looks forward to continuing community outreach and educational presentations with local organizations such as the Spring Street Community Development Corp. and Bethel A.M.E. church.”
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