OCEAN COUNTY – The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office asked every county prosecutor to have public events to discuss social justice, use of force, police accountability and professionalism, police training, and internal affairs investigations.
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.
“Moving Forward – A Conversation on Law Enforcement and Community Policing” will take place at 6 p.m. on July 22. It will be a virtual event. The Virtual Town Hall conversation will be streamed live at ocponj.gov/21-21.
Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer will be joined by a panel of Ocean County Law Enforcement leaders and community leaders, including: Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy; Chief of County Detectives Joseph F. Mitchell, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office; Undersheriff Brian J. Klimakowski, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office who also serves as Director of the Ocean County Police Academy; Manchester Chief Lisa Parker; Toms River Chief Mitch Little; Reverend William Greene, Pastor – Second Baptist Church of Toms River; Reverend William Simmons, Assistant Pastor – Sixth Street Baptist Church of Lakewood; Jasmin Guarin, Founder of the Junior Community Ambassadors Club of Toms River High School South; William Scharfenberg, Chief of Professional Standards-Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office; Captain Anthony Carrington, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office; Renee T. White, Supervising Assistant Prosecutor- Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office; Sergeant Thomas Tiernan, Special Investigations Unit-Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office; Agent Michael Colwell, Community Relations-Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.