The Office of Media Relations in the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office manages external communications for the largest and busiest Prosecutor’s Office in the State of New Jersey in the largest media market in the country.
The responsibilities of the Office include:
In 2014, the Media Relations Office continued to provide timely, appropriate and accurate information to members of the press. The Media Relations Office attempts to strike a balance between protecting the rights of victims, the integrity of investigations and the public’s right to know.
The Media Relations Office attempts to strike a balance between three competing interests: the public’s right to know and the need to protect the rights of victims and the integrity of investigations. Transparency is critical to maintaining public confidence in the work done by the Assistant Prosecutors, Detectives and support staff. Yet, confidentiality is often crucial to the successful investigation of cases. Our aim is to be as transparent as possible without compromising the investigative work.
During 2014, we issued press releases on more than 100 homicides, including the murder of 19-year-old college student Brendan Tevlin. The Tevlin case garnered national media attention after Ali Muhammad Brown, a man charged with three homicides in Washington State, was arrested for the murder.
The assistant prosecutors, detectives and support staff that work in the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office do extraordinary work. Prosecutors are encouraged to speak to reporters about the fine work that is being done by this Office. Doing so helps to maintain public confidence in the Office and provides an opportunity to educate the public about the challenges prosecutors face.