Morris Prosecutor: Act on Use of Force and Officers Involved Shooting Programs

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The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office this week hosted the first of four “21-County, 21st Century Community Policing Project” programs, with a goal of cultivating relationships between local law enforcement and community leaders.

Morris Prosecutor: Use of Force and Officers Involved Shooting Programs

(l/r) Chief Assistant Prosecutor Matt Troiano, Prosecutor Fredreic M. Knapp, Director of the Division of Criminal Justice Veronica Allende, First Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Davenport

These quartely programs have been mandated by New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, with one key topic to be featured at each session. “Police Use of Force and Officer Involved Shootings” was the topic on Tuesday (April 17) at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy in Parsippany.

Future topics will include the opioid epidemic, immigration, and bias crimes.

Attorney General Grewal has stated that strengthening relationships between law enforcement and communities they serve should be a priority in each county. Encouraging dialogue between law enforcement and community stakeholders creates productive relationships.

Morris Prosecutor: Use of Force and Officers Involved Shooting Programs

Police Training Simulator

In addition to Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, other participants on Tuesday included New Jersey First Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Davenport, Director of the State Division of Criminal Justice Veronica Allende, Assemblyman Anthony Bucco, Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, Freeholder Director Doug Cabana, Freeholder Heather Darling, and members of law enforcement, community and clergy groups.

Prosecutor Knapp explained the process involved in handling Officer Involved Shooting incidents in Morris County. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Matt Troiano reviewed the State Attorney General’s directive on Police Use of Force and Officer Involved Shootings. Morris County Department of Law & Public Safety Director Scott Di Giralomo discussed the importance of proper training.

Attendees were then allowed to witness a demonstration of the VirTra Simulator Firearms Training System. It is a state of the art simulator that puts police through realistic scenarios and requires them to react in real time.

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