Morristown, N.J. (May 3, 2016) – The CSE Police Studies Institute held a two-day workshop in late April for members of law enforcement to learn strategies for improved community policing. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, a former county sheriff, addressed the audience and encourage them to continue learning throughout their careers.
Approximately 60 officers from all over New Jersey attended. Workshops from county prosecutors, religious leaders and content experts focused on developing relationships within the community to ensure positive policing tactics and cooperation from residents.
"I walked in your shoes," Guadagno explained. "I went through the intensive training to become an officer and learned the laws I was supposed to be enforcing. But the book doesn't talk about relationships; the reason we all got into this career was to be public servants."
"If you know your community and the community knows you, there will be a spirit of cooperation because you all want the same thing," she continued. "The ultimate goal is to keep our communities safe."
The workshop featured such notables as presenters from of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the National Coalition of Latino Officers, and the New Jersey Asian-American Law Enforcement Association and the New Jersey School Resource Officers Association. The discussions centered on the many areas in a community in which officers can be visible and make an impact on community goodwill.
"This was one of the best workshops the CSE Police Studies Institute has had so far," said Dr. James Ford, associate professor and program director of the Justice Administration and Public Service program. "The participation in these programs proves that both law enforcement and community leaders are interested in keeping our communities safe."