Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns III, and Warren County Prosecutor Richard T.
Burke announce the recent Security and Risk Mitigation training attended by law enforcement
members, faith based leaders, and support staff. The purpose of the training was to promote
safety and security for houses of worship. On Monday, December 11, 2017, over 75 attendees
met at South Ridge Community Church in Clinton to formulate plans and strategies to improve
security measures at houses of worship.
The Prosecutor’s security initiative was established to address security concerns for houses of
worship, religious community centers and classrooms. The focus of this initiative is to promote
awareness, mitigate risks, and address appropriate security and response protocols to incidents
The Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Safe Campus Initiative established uniform Standard
Response Protocols for emergencies in schools throughout Hunterdon County. Since 2012, the
Prosecutor’s Office has trained school administrators, teachers, students, and staff members to
adopt common language and responses to various types of school related emergencies, including
active shooter events. These security initiatives are now being expanded to include Hunterdon’s
business community and faith based organizations.
The presentation was organized in partnership with the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, One
Voice of Hunterdon and the Safe Communities Coalition of Hunterdon-Somerset, and was
hosted by the South Ridge Community Church.
Prosecutor Kearns stated, “We can not ignore the potential for violence perpetrated against
peaceful citizens while practicing their faith. We have an obligation to bring forth measures to
assist faith based organizations to be better prepared to deal with these types of crisis.”
Lt. Kevin Burd of the Hunterdon County Prosecutors and Bill Eppell of the Warren County
Prosecutor’s Office conducted the presentation that focused on the response to crimes and
violence committed at houses of worship. Clergy, staff and volunteers were provided information
on reducing their risks and how they might respond to respond to crime and violence.
Included in the presentation was direction on how to access resources and materials specifically
designed for the religious institutions by FEMA, Department of Homeland Security and the New
Jersey Office of Homeland Security.
The presentation was attended by a diverse group of faith based representatives. The opening
prayer was conducted by Pastor Nathan Tuckey. Father Harry Mazujian of Flemington’s Calvary
Episcopal Church, spoke about the One Voice initiative and its commitment to bring together
law enforcement and our faith based leaders to address problems affecting our community.
Prosecutor Kearns stated, “We are grateful to Pastor Nathan Tuckey of South Ridge Community
Church for allowing us to bring our faith based community together to address these important
issues. Together with One Voice, we are committed to addressing matters that affect the quality
of life here in Hunterdon.”
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