Posted Monday, October 29th, 2018

Statements from the Morris County Board of Freeholders

The Morris County Board of Freeholders offer our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims of the hate crime shooting that occurred in Pittsburgh over the weekend. There is no place in our nation for such hate and horrific acts. We stand together with the worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh as one united community of Americans. Our prayers are with the people of that congregation.Morris County Response to Pittsburgh Mass Shooting

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon:

“In light of the recent mail bombing attempts, and following the horrific acts of murder and terrorism in Pittsburgh, I have asked that we redouble our efforts at the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in support of the strong efforts of our local police chiefs who are doing the same.”

“We have been continually patrolling houses of worship and points of our critical infrastructure since the time I entered office, last week, and again over the weekend,  I bolstered those efforts to reassure our neighbors in the Jewish Community. We have added visits by Sheriff’s Officers to our normal patrols of these locations.  An attack on any one religion, culture or race, is an attack on us all.”

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp: 

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr., announce that law enforcement patrols will be increased throughout Morris County following the active shooter incident that occurred Saturday morning at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

At The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, an active shooter killed eleven people and injured a number of others. Four members of law enforcement were shot while responding to the scene. The Federal Bureau of Investigations is leading this investigation, and has deemed it a Hate Crime.

“There is no place in our world for crimes against any individuals based upon their religion, race, ethnic group or gender,” said Prosecutor Knapp. “The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office sends our thoughts and prayers to those affected by this horrible crime.

Although we do not believe there is any direct threat to Morris County, Chief Wilson and I have coordinated efforts across our county to ensure that all houses of worship will receive an increased law enforcement presence in the coming weeks. As it always does, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will continue to work with our local, county, and federal partners to ensure that all of our critical infrastructure in Morris County is well patrolled and protected.”

Any suspicious activity witnessed by the public can and should be reported to the Morris County Communications Center at 973-285-2900 or the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Homeland Security Unit at 973-829-8596. If immediate assistance is required call 911.