Posted Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, who is president of the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey, spoke of the vital role played by police chaplains in dealing with crime and in law enforcement and community relations during his remarks made at the recent N.J. Police Chaplains’ Association  Conference held in  Trenton.

Morris Prosecutor Addresses 5th Annual Police Chaplains’ Conference

Prosecutor Knapp address the chaplains conference

The focus of the conference was on building stronger police chaplaincy programs, partnering with diverse faith communities, defining bias crimes and incidents, as well as fostering violence prevention strategies through community engagement.

“Police Chaplains play an important role in building stronger relationships between law enforcement and the communities in which they serve,” said Prosecutor Knapp. “They provide crucial spiritual services to police officers and their families in times of need and to the communities they serve.”

As the President of the Prosecutors Association, Knapp provided remarks along with New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police President Chief Garry Gubbei.

The program at the daylong conference consisted of a number of workshops for the 250 attendees, including Bias Crimes Awareness, Creating Safe and Healthy Communities, Expectations of Police Chaplains, Homeland Security & Preparedness 101, Recognizing and Preventing Threats in Our Communities, Resilience and Reflection-Cop 2 Cop 2018, Strengthening Communication Skills, and Working Together-Building Diverse Interfaith Coalitions in your Communities.

Police Chaplains provide an important service during incidents in which a delicate response to residents’ needs may be necessary. They can offer emotional, social, or spiritual support.

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