Posted Monday, February 1st, 2016

The Morris County Sheriff’s Office has completed its first ever “Clergy Academy,” with more than thirty religious leaders from throughout Morris County participating in a three-session educational program on law enforcement and public safety.

Firearms training expert Paul Carfi takes clergy thtrough real-life crime scenarios

Firearms training expert Paul Carfi takes clergy thtrough real-life crime scenarios

The academy included a dialogue between law enforcement, including Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp,  and the clergy about their role in police and community relations when it comes to criminal justice and public safety systems.

The participants toured the Morris County Jail and got a first-hand, realistic look at Use of Force situations that police and emergency response personnel can encounter via use of the firearms simulator at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy in Parsippany.

The participants also met with the Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, getting a demonstration of police canines used to detect drugs and explosives, as well rescue scenarios. Parsippany Police Chief Paul Phillips provided an overview about municipal law enforcement and answered many questions from the clergy.

“Programs like these are vital to good relations between law enforcement and citizens”, said Undersheriff William Scheivella who also serves as the President of the New Jersey Police Community Affairs Officers Association.

Sheriff's Sgt. Aaron Tomasini instructs clergy

Sheriff’s Sgt. Aaron Tomasini instructs clergy

The following Morris County religious institutions participated in the Clergy Academy:

New Hope Community Church of the Nazzarene, Denville; Salvation Army and Iglesia Evangelical Church, Dover; Jewish Community Housing Center, Hanover Twp.; St. Lukes Catholic Parish, Long Valley; St. Paul’s Church and St. John the Beloved and St. Mary Magdalen Church, Morris Plains; Presbyterian Church of Morristown;

Parsippany Christian Church, First Baptist Church of Parsippany; Parsippany Living Waters Church; and Yogi Divine Society and St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, both of Parsippanyer; Church of Saint John, Randolph, Chabad Center of Randolph, and Mount Freedom Jewish Center, Randolph.

Also, Christ Church, Rockaway Township; First Baptist Church, Dover/Rockaway; St. Clement Pope & Martyr, Rockaway; St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Wharton; and the Morris County NAACP.