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Morris County Prosecutor’s Office participates in Pride events

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – Members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Joined Pride events in Asbury Park and Dover to mark the beginning of June as LGBTQ+ Pride month.

On Thursday, June 1, Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Samantha DeNegri, Sergeant Patrick LaGuerre, Detective Supervisor Stephanie Merced, and Detective Nicole Mercuro joined their law enforcement partners in the Dover Police Department for the launch of the Safe Space Initiative ceremony at the Dover Public Library.

The library was designated as Dover’s first Safe Space, which aims to give victims a safe place to report incidents of bias and hate crimes. The library will give them shelter while they call the police department.

(Photo: The law enforcement and community partners at the launch of the Safe Space Initiative ceremony at the Dover Public Library on June 1, 2023. Credit | MCPO)
(Photo: The law enforcement and community partners at the launch of the Safe Space Initiative ceremony at the Dover Public Library on June 1, 2023. Credit | MCPO)

Then on Sunday, June 4, MCPO Detective Supervisor Merced and Det. Mercuro attended Jersey Pride in Asbury Park, a large-scale outreach and community event. Det. Supervisor Merced and Det. Mercuro serve as the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office LGBTQ+ liaisons and joined a march with other members of the LGBTQ+ New Jersey Liaisons Enforcement Program.

The program has grown from 15 members in 2020, with Det. Mercuro becoming the 116th member this year. The liaisons were grateful to be a part of the march, and were approached by several citizens who thanked them for their service.

(Photo: MCPO Detective Supervisor Merced and Detective Nicole Mercuro at Jersey Pride in Asbury Park on June 4, 2023. Credit | MCPO)
(Photo: MCPO Detective Supervisor Merced and Detective Nicole Mercuro at Jersey Pride in Asbury Park on June 4, 2023. Credit | MCPO)

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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