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Posted Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

More than 750 law enforcement officials from all 21 New Jersey counties recently met in Atlantic City to stay abreast of ongoing issues and to continue their legal education.

The three-day training program at the Borgata Hotel & Casino was part of the 2017 Annual College of the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey and included an appearance by State Attorney General Christopher Porrino. The college took place on November 18-20.

Prosecutor Knapp takes the oath of office as president with his wife, Ellie, at his side

Prosecutor Knapp takes the oath of office as president, with his wife Ellie at his side, from Attorney General Christopher Porrino

The college included the installation of Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp as Association president. Previously, he had been First Vice President. He replaces Warren County Prosecutor Richard T. Burke as president.

Other officers include:  First Vice President, Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch; Second Vice President, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri; Secretary, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez; Treasurer, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni; and National District Attorneys’ Association Delegate, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes.

“I am honored and humbled to be elected as president of the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey. Serving as the head of this Association is a great responsibility, which I welcome enthusiastically,” said Prosecutor Knapp.

Assistant Prosecutors get sworn in

Other Association officers take their oaths of office from the Attorney General

Another highlight of the college was an award given to Morris County Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Catherine Broderick, who was honored for Outstanding Advocacy Over a Career.

A graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law, Broderick has prosecuted many different crimes, but has spent much of her career handling cases involving the most vulnerable of victims. When Megan’s Law was enacted, Broderick created a unit to fully comply with the law, including the prosecution of offenders and community notification  upon their release.

Broderick most recently has served as the Supervising Assistant Prosecutor in charge of the Specialized Services Unit, which includes Megan’s Law, Missing Persons, Weapons Returns and several other office functions. In 2016, she was selected by the Morris County Bar Association as the Association’s Professional Lawyer of the Year.

Also honored were Brian C. Matthews, an Essex County Assistant Prosecutor who most recently helped secure a conviction in a case involving a murder and a carjacking at the Mall at Short Hills. He was honored for Outstanding Advocacy in a Single Case.

A third honoree was Daniel Bornstein, who was cited for Outstanding Advocacy Over a Career in a Non-Trial Position. Bornstein has been a Deputy Attorney General in the Division of Criminal Justice since 1995, and he has served as Chief of the Division’s Appellate Bureau since September 2014.

Over three days at the college, the state’s 21 county prosecutors, 700 assistant prosecutors, detectives and members of the state Attorney General’s Office took part in an array of breakout sessions focusing on varying legal issues.

Topics included, among others, The Prosecutor’s Paradox: Understanding How Unconscious Bias Can Affect Behavior; Managing the Opioid Crisis in Your Jurisdiction: A Sample Approach; Taking a Byte Out of Crime: Using Technology to Find and Prosecute Crime; and Recanting Witness: Friend or Foe.”

There also were also general meetings involving prosecutors, first assistant prosecutors, chiefs of detectives, forensic nurses, victim witness coordinators, and members of the Narcotics Commanders Association of New Jersey.

For more information, contact First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at (973) 285-6200 or [email protected]