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Community Justice Programs

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office takes a proactive approach to crime prevention. In doing so, we have created the Community Justice Unit. This Unit is dedicated to creating and putting forth programs aimed to provide children and adolescents with positive alternatives and interventional strategies aimed at preventing delinquency. The Community Justice Unit engages the entire Essex County community by serving as a liaison between law enforcement and residents. The Unit promotes awareness about the role and functions of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Community Visibility

The Community Justice Unit wants to hear the issues that plague residents of Essex County. Armed with the assistance of local law enforcement agencies and non profit groups, the Unit addresses the needs of Essex County residents. Representatives from the Unit attend block association meetings and community forums to address issues of crime. The Unit partners with community members throughout Essex County in an effort to shed light on the positive side of law enforcement.

Children & Adolescent Programs

The Community Justice Unit sponsors youth symposiums that address critical issues pertinent to young people; thus working to reduce risk factors of delinquency. Nearly five hundred middle and high school students from Essex County attend the full day conferences, which feature interactive workshops on making positive choices, the dangers of drugs and gangs along with ways to be safe while surfing the “Net”. Elementary school students learn about various careers in law, government and medicine through the Community Justice Unit’s “Project I C.A.N.” (I Can Achieve Now) program. Also, since 2000, the Community Justice Unit has conducted a unique five week Summer Intern Program to introduce rising high school seniors to various careers in law, law enforcement and local government. Please see below regarding the 2018 program.

2019 SUMMER YOUTH INTERN PROGRAM

The ECPO Community Justice Unit plans to offer a five-week summer internship program beginning July 8, 2019 through August 9, 2019 for high school students completing their junior year by June 2019. Thirty students who reside in Essex County will be chosen for the 2019 program. Program activities include learning about the role and function of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office; participating in New Jersey State Trooper Youth Week, a one week residential program; observing a jury trial and participating in a mock trial; working with a local law enforcement agency; and interfacing with the corporate and the community-based partners on the ECPO Community Justice Advisory Board. Throughout the summer internship program, interns will be exposed to various careers in law, law enforcement and government. Interns will also participate in cultural events.

Community Visibility

The Community Justice Unit wants to hear the issues that plague residents of Essex County. Armed with the assistance of local law enforcement agencies and non profit groups, the Unit addresses the needs of Essex County residents. Representatives from the Unit attend block association meetings and community forums to address issues of crime. The Unit partners with community members throughout Essex County in an effort to shed light on the positive side of law enforcement.

Speaker’s Bureau

Members from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office provide workshops on a range of topics for schools and local organizations. Workshops on bullying, child abuse, domestic violence, gang awareness, Internet safety, juvenile justice, victimization and an overview of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office are provided by experts in their field.

2018 Community Justice Unit Highlights

The Community Justice Unit promotes awareness of the role and function of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. By attending community meetings to address issues related to crime, substance abuse and crime prevention, the Unit serves as a liaison between law enforcement and the residents of Essex County. The Unit is dedicated to creating and executing programs aimed at offering children and teens positive alternatives and interventional strategies aimed at preventing delinquency.

The Community Justice Unit provided workshops to nearly 5,000 Essex County residents in 2018!

Workshop topics included:

  • Bullying
  • Careers in the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Expungements
  • Gang Awareness
  • Internet Safety
  • Overview of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office

  • This was the 17th consecutive year in which ECPO held a 5-week summer internship program to expose high school students to careers in law, law enforcement and government. The Summer Youth Internship Program ran from July 5th through August 3rd. Thirty high school juniors from Essex County participated in this unique program where they toured local and federal law enforcement agencies, participated in a mock trial, learned about local and state government, attended Trooper Youth Week with the New Jersey State Police and participated in cultural trips
  • Held a community meeting to address the opioid crisis on August 15th at the Glen Ridge Congregational Church, 195 Ridgewood Avenue (enter on Clark Street), Glen Ridge NJ. Representatives from, the County of Essex, RWJ Barnabas Health, the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Team of Essex, Governor’s Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse, and Integrity House participated in the meeting
  • Partnered with ADAPT (Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Team of Essex County ) and Essex County’s Department of Health Services on October 11 to provide a half day information session on substance abuse resources to clergy members. The half-day session was held at Life Christian Church in West Orange.
  • Held a youth conference entitled: “What’s it All About?” World Against Violence (W.A.V.) to address issues affecting middle school students. Six hundred middle school students from Essex County attended the full day event at Caldwell University on December 20th. Students participated in workshops on making positive choices, substance abuse prevention, teen dating, and Cyber-Safety. Over thirty representatives from various social service and youth agencies provided students with information on educational and recreational resources

To request additional information on community outreach programs or to request a speaker at your event, feel free to contact Nicole Graves-Watson, Community Justice Coordinator at (973) 621-4317.

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