MORRISTOWN, NJ - Religious leaders from the Presbyterian Church of Morristown, joined 29 religious leaders throughout Morris County to participate in the first ever Morris County Sheriff's Office Clergy Academy. 

The academy included a dialogue between law enforcement and the clergy about their role in police community relations as well as an overview of our criminal justice and public safety system. The participants toured the Morris County Correctional Facility and was given a realistic look at Use of Force by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Department of Law & Public Safety in its Vir Tra Firearms Simulator.

The participants met with the Sheriff’s K-9 Unit and was given a demonstration of police canines are used to detect drugs and explosives as well as rescue those in danger. An overview about municipal law enforcement was provided by Parsippany Troy Hills Police Chief Paul Phillips. 

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 This successful program brought diverse groups from throughout Morris County together.

“Programs like these are vital to good relations between law enforcement and citizens”, said Undersheriff William Scheivella who also serves as the President of the NJ Police Community Affairs Officers Association.

The Morris County Sheriff’s Office has a number of free community programs for the community which can be requested by government or community groups by calling 973-285-6600.