TOMS RIVER - The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office will be hosting a 21/21 Virtual Town Hall titled “Moving Forward – A Conversation on Law Enforcement and Community Policing” on Wednesday, July 22, at 6 p.m. A panel of law enforcement and community leaders will be discussing social justice, use of force, police accountability and professionalism, police training, and internal affairs investigations.
The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office has asked the 21 county prosecutors to organize quarterly public events to discuss issues relevant to community policing in the 21st century (the “21/21 Community Policing Project”). The goal of the project is to strengthen relationships between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve – and to address areas of concern before conflicts arise.
The Virtual Town Hall will be streamed live via the internet at www.ocponj.gov/21-21. The community is encouraged to submit questions to the panel at www.ocponj.gov/21-21 or at email@example.com.
Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer, Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy and Undersheriff Brian J. Klimakowski, who also serves as director of the Ocean County Police Academy will lead the panel. Other participants include Chief of County Detectives Joseph F. Mitchell; William Scharfenberg, chief of professional standards; Capt. Anthony Carrington; Renee T. White, supervising assistant prosecutor; Sgt. Thomas Tiernan, Special Investigations Unit; and Agent Michael Colwell, Community Relations.
Also joining the discussion will be Manchester Township Police Chief Lisa Parker, Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little, the Rev. William Greene, pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Toms River; the Rev. William Simmons, assistant pastor of the Sixth Street Baptist Church of Lakewood; and Jasmin Guarin, founder of the Junior Community Ambassadors Club of Toms River High School South.
The panel will be discussing social justice, use of force, police accountability and professionalism, police training, and internal affairs investigations.