PARSIPPANY —On Friday, June 22, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, current President of the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey (CPANJ), and several other New Jersey County Prosecutors attended the 31st Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner hosted by the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). The event was held at the Pines Manor in Edison, New Jersey. Among those being honored was Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae.
One of NOBLE’s main purposes is cultivating relationships between law enforcement and the communities in which they serve. The theme of the event, “Justice By Action”, focused on those important relationships, while ensuring justice is administered equally in the community. A major component of NOBLE’s community outreach is their dedication to influencing the next generation of law enforcement.
Former president of CPANJ, Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae, was honored by NOBLE with the Glenn D. Cunningham Law & Public Safety Award. That award recognizes an individual who has provided outstanding service to the public safety community. Prosecutor Webb-McRae was named the first African American and first female Prosecutor of Cumberland County in 2010. Her community outreach efforts in Cumberland County are substantial, as her office has hosted a Youth Outreach Symposium, an Anti-Violence Summit, and Substance Abuse and Gang Awareness Conferences for education professionals.
The Northern New Jersey Chapter of NOBLE made a significant difference in multiple young lives on Friday night, providing college scholarships for five graduating high school seniors.
They also honored officers from Northern New Jersey who had lost their lives in the line of duty, specifically Lieutenant Christopher Robateau of the Jersey City Police Department, Detective Matthew Tarentino of the Summit Police Department, Sergeant Christopher Vidro of the Montclair State University Police Department, and Officer Tamby Yagan of the Paterson Police Department.
Prosecutor Knapp commented on the efforts of NOBLE, “The relationship between law enforcement officials and their community is something that the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office works hard to maintain. NOBLE’s hard work in Northern New Jersey does not go unnoticed. We have partnered on community based programs with NOBLE and will continue to do so”.