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Police Studies Institute Honors Women in Law Enforcement During Women's History Month

Morristown, N.J. (March 8, 2016) – Ten women who are members of law enforcement and supporting careers were honored in early March by the CSE Police Studies Institute for their contributions to the profession and the communities in which they serve.

The College's very own director of student engagement, Naima Ricks, was honored because of her support and guidance for the justice studies students. Ricks has a bachelor's degree in sociology and criminal justice, so she has the academic background to counsel her students.

Also honored was Lieutenant Colonel Ingrid A. Parker, who is stationed at Picatinny Arsenal. Lt. Col. Parker will be the Commencement speaker at CSE this year and will be given an honorary degree in recognition of her many accomplishments.

Receiving awards were Chief Carmen Martino of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office is the first woman to be named to that position as well as the first Latina female detective on the narcotics force. Wanda Moore is the assistant attorney general for the state of New Jersey. Danielle Penn-Miller is a senior correction officer with the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D), Deputy Majority Leader; Lieutenant Marie Romo (retired) of the Rockaway Township Police Department, Undersheriff Francine Shelton of the Hudson County Sheriff's Department, Major Tracey Shimonis-Kaminski in the New Jersey Department of Corrections, and Sergeant Denise Thornton of the Morris County Sheriff's Office.

The keynote speaker was Camelia M. Valdez, Passaic County Prosecutor. In 2009, Valdez was nominated by Governor Corzine and confirmed by the New Jersey Legislature. She is the first Latina prosecutor in the state, the first woman prosecutor in Passaic County, and the first lead prosecutor of Dominican ancestry in the United States. As the chief law enforcement official in Passaic County, Valdez manages 185 office employees, oversees 16 municipal police departments as well as the police departments at William Paterson and Montclair State Universities and the Passaic County Sheriff's Department.

"I am truly honored to have received this recognition, the program was a great way for the students to be inspired and learn more about women in criminal justice and was great addition to the women's history month calendar, said honoree Ricks. "I am happy to be a part of the CSE Community to be able to support the justice studies students in their engagement outside of the classroom."

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