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Law Enforcement, Faith-Based Leaders Aim To Strengthen Security Ties

File photo from a previous law enforcement/faith-based gathering at the Totowa NJSP barracks.
File photo from a previous law enforcement/faith-based gathering at the Totowa NJSP barracks. Photo Credit: Courtesy OCEAN COUNTY PROSECUTOR

TOTOWA, N.J. -- Dozens of New Jersey law enforcement and faith-based community leaders will convene again at the New Jersey State Police barracks in Totowa on Tuesday to discuss the crucial bonds between them.

Violence against various faiths have kept security concerns high, prompting the annual gathering.Expected guests include representatives from New Jersey's state Attorney General's Office, State Police and Department of Homeland Security, along with local, county and state officials -- and various leaders of churches, synagogues and mosques throughout the Garden State.

The FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Attorney’s Office have attended previous meetings, as have Port Authority police and local mayors.

“Members of law enforcement should realize that working with community leaders not only enhances local security but also allows troopers and members of law enforcement to have the benefit of getting support from the community leaders and chaplains in times of crisis,” NJ State Police Capt. Brian Polite said.

“Gaining an understanding of faith based customs has given me the ability to do my job and run my office better,” added Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the NJSP Troop B headquarters at 250 Minnisink Road in Totowa.

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