Prosecutor’s Office Holds “Juvenile Justice” Community Outreach Program on Internet Safety

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Shongum Elementary Principal Dr. Clifford Burns, Superintendent of Randolph Schools Jennifer Fano, Deirdre’s House Executive Director Maria Vinci-Savettiere, Randolph Education Association VP Angela Cordova, Clinician Mirella Suarez, Randolph Township Mayor Jim Loveys, Detective Supervisor LaGuerre, Shongum Elementary Media Specialist Laura Healy, and Detective Gallagher

MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in partnership with the Randolph Township Board of Education, held their first 21-21 Community Policing Project of 2019 with the theme of “Juvenile Justice” and a focus on Computer and Internet Safety. The 21-21 Community Policing Project is a community outreach and education program implemented by New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal in 2018. This two hour event was held at the Randolph Township Middle School.

Morris County First Assistant Prosecutor Tom Zelante and Shongum Elementary School Principal Dr. Clifford Burns delivered welcoming remarks prior to the presentation. Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Dan Gallagher discussed the dangers of the internet for children and teenagers, as well as techniques to monitor and protect children while they are using the internet. Following the presentation, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Samantha DeNegri, Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre and Detective Gallagher held a question and answer session for the approximately 100 parents in attendance.

Following the question and answer session, Executive Director of Deirdre’s House Maria Vinci-Savettiere and Clinician Mirella Suarez discussed the services that Deirdre’s House provides for child victims of abuse and/or neglect in Morris County. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office works closely with Deirdre’s House, and it was beneficial for both agencies to provide the parents with helpful information.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said, “I would like to thank the Randolph Township Board of Education for partnering with our office in hosting this important program. Technology’s role in society continues to grow and as it becomes more integrated into our lives and our children’s lives, we need to ensure that our children are using it safely”.

First Assistant Prosecutor Zelante

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