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Morris County Prosecutor’s Office conducts bias crime, incident training for school resource officers and administrators

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – Morris County Sergeant Patrick La Guerre and Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Samantha DeNegri, during a virtual session on Friday, May 12, presented a training on bias crimes and incidents, and how to deter students from engaging in that behavior.

The training was pitched towards school administrators, teachers, School Resource Officers (SROs), and Juvenile Officers, for the purpose of providing the information they need to deliver the material to their own students and communities. Close to 600 members attended the program.

Prosecutor Robert Carroll gave opening remarks, explaining the goal of training is to demonstrate to students the consequences of being involved in bias incidents/crimes in order to deter bias behavior.

Presenters explained the difference between bias crimes and bias incidents, and went over the program’s approach to sexting, school threats, harassment, and other related topics. The program also stresses the importance of reporting any potential bias incident, with the understanding that all reports will be investigated.

“We are keenly aware of the increase in unacceptable and hostile conduct that is occurring in our country, and regrettably, our educational institutions. Recognizing this escalation, we understood that we needed to directly address conduct that is harmful to our schools, to our educational environment, and culture, as well as harmful to the offending student’s future. Does a 15-year-old understand the history and impact of a swastika? Does that same student understand what can impact his/her future by being involved in posting or spray painting such a symbol of evil? We can help inform them of the latter dangers in pursuing such behavior. What is vital to the success of reducing bias incidents and crimes is timely communication, coordination, and recognizing when incidents need to be reported, and cooperation among school officials, our municipal police, and where warranted, county prosecutor’s offices,” Carroll said.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office program has been used in Morris County, in addition to Sussex, Union, and Warren counties, with great success.

At the conclusion of the program, participants should be expected to deliver this learned training to students in their own schools and communities. Training encourages all to come forward and report bias crimes and incidents as they occur.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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