ESSEX COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE HOSTS SPRING 2017 CITIZENS & CLERGY ACADEMY: Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray has announced that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office will host its Spring 2017 Citizens and Clergy Academy, a six-week training program for members of the community. The Citizens and Clergy Academy is a training program designed to familiarize clergy and other members of the community with the day-to-day operations of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings, starting April 18 and will run through May 30. The classes begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.
“The goal of this training program, which is held two times a year, is to help members of the community better understand the work of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office,’’ said Acting Prosecutor Murray. “During the classes we explain what we do here. We explain the services available to witnesses and victims. We walk participants through the legal process and generally help members of the clergy and other participants understand the role of the county prosecutor’s office.”
Classes, which are open to anyone 18 years old or older, will be held at the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, which is located at 50 West Market Street, 3rd Floor, Newark, NJ. A certificate will be awarded to each participant who successfully completes the course at the graduation ceremony.
Registration is required. Anyone with questions should contact Ms. Kimberly Jones at 973-621-1315
2017 SUMMER INTERN PROGRAM: The ECPO Community Justice Unit plans to offer a five-week summer internship program beginning July 5, 2017 through August 4, 2017 for high school students completing their junior year by June 2017. Thirty students who reside in Belleville, Bloomfield, East Orange, Irvington, Montclair, Newark, Orange, South Orange / Maplewood, and West Orange will be chosen for the 2017 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.
Application Instructions and an Application Form can be viewed and downloaded using these links. Completed application packets MUST BE SENT BY MAIL and are due no later than March 10, 2017 to Nicole Graves Watson, Community Justice Coordinator, Office of the Essex County Prosecutor, 50 West Market Street, Third Floor, Newark, New Jersey 07102. Recommendation letters should be included with your application. The application form and recommendation letters must be signed, and thus CANNOT be sent by fax or e-mail. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you require additional information please feel free to contact Mrs. Watson at (973) 621-4317.
SANCTUARY INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE RESPONSE INITIATIVE: The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Victim Witness Office hopes to offer future rounds of Sanctuary Initiative volunteer training. This training will be presented in two formats: BASIC and ADVANCED. The basic course (54 hours) will begin on October 22, 2015 and will meet at the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office located at 50 West Market Street, 3rd Floor in Newark (at the Essex County Veterans Courthouse Building). The advanced course (16 hours) will begin in the spring, 2016 on a date and time yet to be determined. Please note that you must complete the basic course or have completed no less than 40 hours of intimate partner violence training to attend the advanced course. The course outline and dates of each basic course session are included in the attached schedule. Each session will meet for three hours, commencing at 6:00pm.
Sanctuary is an intensive, interactive 70 hour training program designed to provide crisis intervention services to intimate partner violence related assault, sexual assault, child abuse victims as well as survivors of intimate partner violence-related homicide victims. The course is presented in two formats: basic and advanced. Upon completion of the basic course (54 hours) and the advanced course (16 hours) volunteers who are members of local churches, mosques, synagogues, municipal police departments and their response teams, social service and emergency agencies, fraternal organizations, and other allied organizations located in greater Essex County will be able to provide immediate, culturally sensitive outreach to intimate partner violence victims-survivors and their families within a 24-72 hour period.
Both Courses Are Offered Free of Charge. For more information, please call 973-621-4689 or contact us by e-mail at EssexVW@njecpo.org.
V.I.N.E. Victim Notification Telephone Service Started: The State of New Jersey provides a toll-free telephone number through which victims can gain information about the current status and location of their offenders: 1-877-VINE-4-NJ (1-877-846-3465). Registration is necessary. Please consult the V.I.N.E. Web Site for more information.
VICTIM – WITNESS WEB PAGES REVISED: Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has implemented an updated and expanded website focusing on the needs of crime victims. This site provides updated resource information for Essex County victims and witnesses, and presents it in an understandable, easy to read format based on color coding.
“Serving the needs of crime victims in this high-tech, fast-moving environment is a challenge. Sometimes victims need answers after regular work hours. The expanded ECPO Victim-Witness Services website provides new forums to help victims and their surviving family members. It allows them to get answers when they cannot pick up a phone and reach someone, ’’ said Acting Prosecutor Murray.
The Office’s new Victim Witness web site is accessible from this site (the main ECPO web site) by clicking on the “Victim-Witness Services” link in the blue area at left. The new Victim Witness site is also available via its own internet domain name, i.e. www.essexnjvictimwitness.org
2015 ANNUAL REPORT AVAILABLE: The 2015 ECPO Annual Report can be downloaded and viewed in PDF format, from this page. The 2016 Report is expected in the second half of 2017.
Employees Honored: In May, 2016, Keyboarding Clerk Vamona DeLoatch received the Essex County Teamwork Award from Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. Other ECPO employees who received this Award are: in 2015, Detective Sergeant Robert Parsons, Assistant Prosecutor Magdalen Czykier, Assistant Prosecutor Director Romesh Sukhdeo, Receptionist Inell Shorts; in 2014, Assistant Prosecutor Kathleen Ternovay and Detective Sergeant Michael Davidson , Record Room Supervisor Martine Cosby; in 2013, Homicide Unit Deputy Chief Michael DeMaio, Steno Clerk Lisa Pedalino, Assistant Prosecutor Sara Friedman and Detective Lieutenant John Cunha; in 2012, Clerk Typist Marilyn Crespo, SANE-SART Program Coordinator Alecia Seery and Supervisory Clerk Debora Roachford; in 2011, Legal Assistant Robert Monaco; Victim Witness Advocate Jason Delpeche; Photo Media Processor Lloyd Holmes; Prosecutor’s Agent James Hunter; in 2010, Media Technology Specialist Brian Innis Assistant Prosecutor Kenneth Ply and Senior Program Analyst James Gerofsky; in 2009, Joanne Barone, Principal Account Clerk; Glenda Renee Haislah, Principal Legal Stenographer; Guy Trogani, Investigator; Gwen Williams, Assistant Prosecutor / Director; and Juliet Wood-Warren, Senior Clerk Typist. In 2008, the recipients included: Holt Walker, Detective, in December; La Quanda Williams, Victim Witness Advocate, in October; Budget Analyst Raj Krishnan, in August; and Supervisory Legal Stenographer Marjorie Sherman in May. Senior Clerk Vanessa Harper-Woods received this award in September, 2007; Joan Washington of the Grand Jury Unit in August, 2007; Doris Stoeckel of the Arson Unit, in May 2007; Detective Arnold Anderson, in November, 2006; Secretarial Assistant Rosemary Facchino, in August, 2006; Principal Clerk Halimah Harris, in June, 2006; Automation Specialist Lorraine DeGardnuer, in May, 2006; Victim-Witness Counselor Lisa Fonseca, in April, 2006; and Automation Specialist Cindy Hamilton, in February, 2006.
On February 17, 2016, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo presented Acting Chief of Investigators Quovella M. Spruill with the 2016 Coretta Scott King Leadership Award.
In 2016, the following New Jersey Attorneys were sworn to the position of Assistant Prosecutor for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office: Romil Amin, Kara Basufort, Micheal Burke, Donovan Cho, Chelsea Coleman, Donato D’Angelo, Sean Dickson, Opeyemi Faloyin, Anthony Higgins, Patrick Keating, Lawrence Krayn, Anthony Puglisi, Biran Riehl, Kayla Rowe, Tiffany Russo, Logan Teisch, Ashley White, Peter Wojciak, and Yoana Yakova.
On March 31, 2015, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo presented Assistant Prosecutor Myrna Perez-Drace with the 2015 Althea Gibson Leadership Award.
In 2015, the following New Jersey Attorneys were sworn to the position of Assistant Prosecutor for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office: Rosanne Breakenridge, Sam Hanna, Sarah Turk, Timothy Brown, Emily Bisnauth, Edward Bilinkas, Alaina Caliendo, Felecia Garnes, and Jennifer Sullivan.
ILEI SYSTEM IN SERVICE: The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is a key participant and beneficiary of the County of Essex Integrated Law Enforcement Initiative. This is a data-sharing project which was planned and implemented by the County of Essex, the Essex Department of Corrections, the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, the Newark Police Department, and ECPO. Police arrest and incident reports are exchanged digitally and instantaneously through this database network, and a variety of other data coordination and exchange uses are being implemented between the various members of ILEI. Using funding provided in 2008 by the State of New Jersey P.A.R.I.S. Shared Services Program, this system was instituted and went live by early 2009. A second round of funding from N.J. P.A.R.I.S. will allow the expansion of this system to the 21 other municipal police departments in Essex County; this expansion was substantially complete by late 2014. This system will reduce paperwork costs and increase the overall effectiveness of the criminal justice system in Essex County. It also provides a platform for greater criminal data exchanges on both the state and federal level; in the coming years, it will provide a wide range of benefits to ECPO’s pre-Grand Jury units, and also to its investigatory squads.