With the end of 2022 fast approaching and the process of ringing-in a New Year about to begin … we thought we would review the progress made at the Atlantic County New Jersey Prosecutor’s Office in terms of committed, true community engagement.

Specifically, we’re talking about various improvements made since Will Reynolds became Atlantic County Prosecutor on June 6, 2022.

You expect that the chief law-enforcement officer will lead a competent law enforce agency in terms of arresting bad guys. And, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office does that with the best of them.

In addition to this, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office has made a real commitment to spend quality time and effort with Atlantic County’s most underserved population.

In 2022, Reynolds implemented Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office first ever Community Outreach Division.

During 2022, they have led and/or participated in more than 100 different community outreach events, such as walking the Atlantic City Boardwalk in the 6:00 a.m. hour for homeless outreach, along with events at local schools, and holding seminars and events about bias and discrimination.

We have now learned about some of the upcoming year 2023 goals and programs:

A focus on positive relations with all communities in Atlantic County.

  • “Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office will be collaborating with local community-based organizations and local public safety organizations to host community listening sessions and establish a mobile outreach unit which will provide services to those in need seven days per-week.”
  • “Continue to develop and support youth-based programing throughout the county, including expansions of its current after-school programs focusing on positive interactions within the school and community, positive communication skills, anti-bullying, mindfulness, and self-regulation.”

Additionally, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office will expand the Special Needs Registry School Outreach Program, where they have currently partnered with will three local school districts in an effort to increase awareness and introduce students to “provide learning resources for law enforcement on intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in the Atlantic County.”

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The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Community Outreach Division is working with Stockton University and they plan to jointly host numerous symposiums to address:

  • Anti-Semitism, Women in Public Safety, and Protecting Places of Worship in Atlantic County to be held in Spring 2023.

Also in 2023, they are planning many summer activities in Atlantic County within Atlantic County, including:

  • participation in community walks to promote unity.
  • bring resources to residents in need.
  • participation in health and resource fairs.
  • summer camps.
  • youth internships.
  • mentoring.

If you would like more information, go to www.acpo.org or outreach@acpo.org

SOURCE: Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.

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