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Union County Sheriff Pledges to Build on Progress

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Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan Credits: James Lowney/County of Union
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Last year was a year of change for the Union County Sheriff’s Office, as I was sworn in to my first full three year term. We had a year of progress, with arrests up almost forty percent, the automation of our time and attendance systems, a full scale training exercise for Response to an Active Shooter at the Courthouse Complex, the addition of report management automation and GPS positioning in our cars and the start of implementation of body worn cameras.

We also welcomed over 1.2 million unique visitors to the Courthouse Complex without incident or complaint, transported over fifteen thousand prisoners with no incidents, and initiated a new commitment to training for our officers and clerical personnel.

In addition to training our officers, we have significantly advanced the physical security of the Courthouse Complex through improved security screening processes and a new camera and monitoring system. Our ability to see and monitor all areas within the courthouse complex has been dramatically upgraded, providing additional security for all concerned. Also, in this past year we developed a new website (ucnj.org/sheriff), developed the “Union County Sheriff’s Office” mobile app that is available for free download in both the Apple Store and the Play Store for Android devices, and established a Facebook presence (Sheriff Joe Cryan). We welcome you to follow us, and we certainly solicit your input. 

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A source of pride for our office is our employees’ commitment to excellence and professionalism in their employment here at the Sheriff’s Office, and their commitment as private citizens to the communities they live in and serve. Our Sheriff’s personnel are your neighbors, and share the same values all folks do. They are coaches of Little League baseball, softball, soccer, basketball and football for our youth, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters here in Union County; they are troop leaders of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies, and Girl Scouts. Our personnel are members of numerous First Aid Squads, Volunteer Fire Departments and Junior ROTC. They are school Class Mothers, PTA members, they volunteer for beach clean ups, volunteer with the Community Food Bank in Hillside, rescue dogs, volunteer at animal shelters, and participate with The Center for Hope and Hospice.

More than half of our employees contribute regularly to a variety of charities. Last year alone, they donated more than 100 pints of blood. The people I’m proud to lead are members of civic organizations such as the Elks, the Knights of Columbus, VFW, American Legion, and many more. They come to work as professionals each day, perform random acts of kindness more often than I can list, and every day make Union County and their communities a better place to live.

2016 will provide more challenges for us, as each work day does. Building on our foundation of success, I’m confident we are ready to meet what may lie ahead.

For more information about the Union County Sheriff and all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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