About 150 people gathered Thursday at the New Jersey State Police Headquarters in Totowa to discuss the bond between law enforcement and faith-based community leaders.
New Jersey Attorney General John J. Hoffman praised the 100 law enforcement officials present for understanding the importance of developing a strong connection with faith leaders.
“Without a positive working relationship with faith leaders, it is impossible for law enforcement to do their jobs,” Hoffman said.
Hoffman noted that the Charleston shooting was a wake-up call, a clear reminder that even houses of worship are potential targets.
Several speakers said that becoming acquainted with the nuances of large faith-based communities is a vital step in building effective and harmonious relationships.
“Gaining an understanding of faith-based customs has given me the ability to do my job and run my office better,” commented Ocean County prosecutor Joseph Coronato.
Al Della Fave, public affairs director at the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, said he was “surprised to learn the connectivity and outreach the faith-based communities have and how they can assist you and make your job easier.”