FLEMINGTON, NJ – Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino honored more than 30 law enforcement agencies and individual police officers yesterday “for their outstanding achievements and innovative approaches in community policing.”
The Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office was on the list. An award ceremony was held at Rutgers University’s Livingston Campus Student Center in Piscataway.
“I firmly believe that a successful community policing program is far more than uniformed police officers walking the beat,” said Attorney General Porrino in a press release. “Rather, it’s an overarching strategy that depends on the collaboration between police departments and community groups working together to identify and solve local neighborhood problems.”
The award ceremony featured video presentations and a panel discussion from selected law enforcement agencies showcasing their programs that could readily be duplicated and might serve as a model for other police departments.
Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns III leads the county Prosecutor’s Office, assisted by his Chief of Detectives John J. Kuczynski and First Assistant Prosecutor Deborah D. Factor.
In New Jersey, a county prosecutor is a county’s highest-ranking law enforcement officer.
Kearns was named to his post in 2010, and was sworn to a second term in January. He succeeded Dermott O’Grady, a deputy attorney general who was acting prosecutor in the wake of Prosecutor J. Patrick Barnes’ resignation.
As prosecutor, Kearns has engaged the community with proactive initiatives such as One Voice, an effort to work with the faith community in battling heroin and other addictions. He has led the effort to equip local police officers with Naloxone, a medication that can reverse the effects of a heroin or opiate overdose. And Kearns’ START (Steps to Action Recovery and Treatment) initiative, which provides a packet of direct referral information, has been replicated by other agencies across the state.