Morris County Sheriff Releases Statements on the current Heightened Threat Picture

Profile of Sheriff James Gannon in uniform
Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon

On October 28, 2018, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon said:

“In light of the recent mail bombing attempts, and following the horrific acts of murder and terrorism in Pittsburgh, I have asked that we redouble our efforts at the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in support of the strong efforts of our local police chiefs who are doing the same.”

“We have been continually patrolling houses of worship and points of our critical infrastructure since the time I entered office, last week, and again yesterday,  I bolstered those efforts to reassure our neighbors in the Jewish Community. We have added visits by Sheriff’s Officers to our normal patrols of these locations. An attack on any one religion, culture or race, is an attack on us all.”





Sheriff Gannon Completes National Sheriffs’ Institute

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon has completed the 115th Session of the National Sheriffs’ Institute, a program designed to train America’s Sheriffs on the opportunities facing law enforcement today.

Sheriff Gannon Completes National Sheriffs’ Institute
Sheriff Gannon with Sheriff James Stuart (Class Mentor Sheriff) of the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.

This five-day course is co-sponsored and funded by the National Institute of Corrections and the National Sheriffs’ Association. Gannon and 28 other sheriffs attended the session in Aurora, Colorado September 24-28.

“I’m very honored to have been a part of this national program made possible by the NIC and the NSA. The relationships established with my colleagues will benefit every level of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office as we’ll stay connected and continue to share information about law enforcement trends being seen across America. It is humbling to join the nearly 3,000 alumni of the NSI since 1973”, said Gannon.

The course focused on teaching Sheriffs how to provide Effective Leadership for the public good in Public Safety, Community Relations, Criminal Justice System policy, and Organization Effectiveness and Efficiency.

Group of NSI participants looking up at the camera
NSI 115th Session

Hope One receives Federal Grant

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon’s groundbreaking Hope One program has been awarded a federal grant of over $332,000 by the Bureau of Justice. Hope One, which offers critical in-the-field support for persons struggling with addiction, has made over 5,000 contacts since its inception.

Today, Rep. Leonard Lance (17th District) stopped by Hope One on the Morristown Green to congratulate Sheriff Gannon for the program’s accomplishment.  County officials and Hope One’s community partners were on hand to hear Sheriff Gannon, Rep. Lance, Assemblyman Anthony Bucco, Morris County Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo and Morris County Chiefs of Police President and Madison Police Chief, Darren Dachisen speak about the program and its successes.

Sheriff Gannon, Congressman Lance, and other dignitaries stand in front of the Hope One van

Hope One was selected for the two (2) year competitive grant to plan, develop and implement comprehensive efforts to identify, respond to, treat, and support those impacted by the opioid epidemic.  The Comprehensive Opioid Abuse program will help to roll out the Hope One’s Police Assisted Recovery where “officers are closest to the problem,” said Sheriff Gannon.

Sheriff Gannon addresses a crowdSheriff Gannon said, “We have a 26% decrease in overdose deaths in Morris County year to date.  We’re doing something right here and because of all the people here, we couldn’t be prouder.”

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