At a recent Morris County Chamber of Commerce candidate forum Freeholder Tayfun Selen’s opponent Cary Amaro was asked what her criteria would be to decide what services the county truly needs to fund. Her first target for cutting costs was Public Safety, including the Hope One program and SERT.
Freeholder Selen hopes that everyone in Morris County to know that he stands with law enforcement and has received the endorsement of Morris County Sheriff Jim Gannon. Further, as Freeholder he had fought to improve the public safety of Morris County including the Hope One program which now has two vehicles that provide critical support for persons struggling with addiction, and has a proven track record of preventing drug overdoses and deaths.
The new vehicle was paid for in the 2020 state budget. This project had bipartisan support. The 1st vehicle is used as a backup and to turn on new programs. Hope One has had over 15k contacts and placed over 370 people in some type of aftercare. We focus on addiction, mental health, and homelessness. We have trained thousands of people in the use of Narcan and have documented 46 lives saved. We have turned on programs from throughout NJ including Atlantic, Monmouth, and Burlington counties, along with the city of Newark. We have the full support of the NJ Attorney General. We have also turned on Yonkers, NY with plenty more in the discussion. Hope one won the 2019 IACP award for public-private partnership. I will always be available to assist our citizens who need help.
The county operates the sheriff's emergency response team SERT to assist the 39 municipalities during a crisis. These vehicles are used to respond to emergencies and rescue people who are in a dangerous situation. Yes, these vehicles are needed. When our citizens call the police and our police need support, we will always provide the necessary tools to provide an environment that is safe. It is too late for our police and citizens in Morris County when a critical matter occurs, real-time, and we don’t have the necessary equipment to save a life.
Those with further questions or concerns regarding the issue of Public Safety in Morris County, please contact Freeholder Tayfun Selen at 973 222 0484.