Monday, November 16th, 2015

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is expanding its existing Community Outreach Program to include all members of the Morris County clergy, with invitation letters sent last week to about 175 clergy members from Prosecutor Fredric M. KnappProsecutor 2

It would be a follow-up to an Oct. 20 presentation held by the Prosecutor’s Office for the Morris Area Clergy Council at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, and specifically regarding the New Jersey Attorney General’s recently amended Use of Force Directive.

That meeting, initiated by Prosecutor Knapp, resulted from recent developments concerning interaction across the nation between police and the public. The main speaker was Elie Honig, the Director of Criminal Justice for the State of New Jersey.

“As the lead law enforcement agency in Morris County, we deal directly with the Attorney General’s Office. Further, we have authority over all Morris County Police Departments,” said Prosecutor Knapp.

“It is important for the clergy to understand the various functions that the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office performs.  It is our hope the clergy will convey this understanding to their parishioners.”

The first meeting, scheduled for January of 2016,  will address issues raised by clergy and will foster future programs on topics of concern.  There will be several seminars annually on various topics, which could include the Use of Force Directive, prisoner re-entry to society, sexual assault, bias crime, and the heroin and opiate epidemic, among others.

“The clergy are in a unique position to aid in facilitating a dialogue between law enforcement and the public.  It is my sincere hope the program helps continue fostering the positive relationship the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has with the community.”

Any inquiries can be directed to Morris County Deputy Chief of Investigations Denise Arseneault at 973-285-6262 or darseneault@co.morris.nj.us