Morris Sheriff Warns of Civil Process Scam

The Morris County Sheriff’s Office is advising the Morris County community to be aware of a continuing phone scam that is targeting residents of Morris County as well as communities nationwide.

Sheriff James M. Gannon said, “In the most recent calls, the caller and/or message will identify themselves as an employee of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Civil Processing Unit, and demand for a number not associated with our agency to be called immediately. In the event these fraudulent calls are received, residents should never give their personal or financial information over the phone. The Morris County Sheriff’s Office will never solicit methods of payment and/or personal identifiers over the phone.”

In 2017 and January of this year, similar scams surfaced posing as officers seeking personal information and Green Dot MoneyPak cards for false warrants, overdue IRS payments and non-appearance for jury duty. Residents should notify their local authorities should they receive these calls.

All agency information and contacts can be accessed and verified through this website.

Any suspicious calls regarding a civil service process can also be directed to 973-285-6600 during the day and 973-285-2900 after hours for verification of agency personnel.

Crime Prevention Tips to Help Avoid Falling Victim to this Scam:

  • Legitimate law enforcement agencies will not tell people to provide money card information to avoid arrest.
  • Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
  • Never give out personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited.
  • Never wire money, provide debt or credit card numbers or Green Dot Money Pak card numbers to someone you do not know.
  • Remember that anyone who has the number on a Green Dot Money Pak card, has access to the funds on the card.
  • If you have received a phone scam call, try to gather names, the phone number and location given, and report it to your local police.

Report tips and remain anonymous by contacting the Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers at 973-COP-CALL or from your mobile device. NO ONE WILL ASK YOUR NAME!

Verbal Judo Instructor Course for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Unique Course to Train the Trainer 

Verbal Judo Instructor Course for Law Enforcement and Criminal JusticeA special five-day Verbal Judo Instructor Course, specifically geared to law enforcement and criminal justice personnel, will be held at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy in Parsippany on the week of Sept. 10-14.

Sponsored by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the course — billed as the “Original Tactical Communication Program” — will be hosted by instructor Doug Haig, vice president and senior national instructor trainer for the Verbal Judo Institute, Inc.

Verbal Judo Training is an opportunity to learn life-changing skills to prevent potential conflicts from escalating out of control.

It offers police working the streets, first responders and others the tools needed to increase of positive outcomes, thereby keeping complaints to a minimum. Tactical training can reduce the threat conflict and violence, and resultant litigation.

Verbal Judo Instructor Course for Law Enforcement and Criminal JusticeAccording to the Sheriff’s Office, “There are cameras and recording devices everywhere!   In-car cameras, body-worn cameras, cell phone cameras, all recording police interactions.  It is not enough to be good, or to look good, you must sound good, or NO GOOD!  Verbal Judo gives police the way to accomplish their professional objectives through tactical verbal techniques.”

The five-day course is a certification and re-certification program for law enforcement and criminal justice personnel only.

Class time each day will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (0800 to 1600). The dress code for all students is either a department uniform or a collared shirt and dress slacks.

The cost is $1,495 per person for instructor certification and $1,195 for re-certification, plus the cost of transportation, lodging and meals. Attendees must be sponsored by their law enforcement agencies.

For more information call 800-448-1042 or [email protected]. You may also reach out to Lt. Mark Chiarolanza at 973-285-6644 and [email protected].

Sheriff Heralds First Anniversary of “Hope One” — County Announces Launch of “Navigating Hope”

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon’s groundbreaking Hope One program that offers critical in-the-field support for persons struggling with addiction, celebrated its first birthday on April 3 with the unveiling by Morris County of its new “Navigating Hope’’ mobile human services operation.

Navigating Hope will work in concert with the Sheriff’s Hope One unit, with both fully staffed mobile vehicles traveling together across Morris County to deliver vital services to residents most in need of assistance.

“Hope One’s impact on the addiction and mental health communities in Morris County has been tremendous,’’ said Morris County Human Services Director Jennifer Carpinteri. “Now, the county is going to expand upon the great work being done by the Sheriff and his Hope One team.’’

Hope One travels twice a week to locations throughout Morris County, bringing services to persons in need. A sheriff’s officer, licensed clinician, and a certified peer recovery specialist – who understand the needs of those suffering with addiction — staff the vehicle.

Their goal is to prevent drug overdoses and deaths by reaching out to those in need, rather than wait for them to show up in a hospital emergency room.

In the first year of operation, Hope One has compiled some amazing statistics, with nearly 3,000 residents in need visiting the Hope One mobile unit and nearly 850 county residents receiving life-saving Narcan training to be employed in emergencies.

Hope One’s many stops have included supermarket shopping centers from Chatham to Kinnelon, libraries from Rockaway to Whippany, the Morristown Green, a Dover church, and even the Rockaway Townsquare mall, among many locations.

“Sheriff Gannon and his team have searched out those in need, aggressively pursuing  and helping people who are most in danger of succumbing to the scourge that has taken far too many lives and destroyed far too many Morris County families,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo.

“Hope One, and now our new Navigating Hope, embraces the county’s Stigma-Free initiative that fosters treatment for persons in need, no questions asked,’’ said DeFillippo, who was joined by Freeholder Deborah Smith at the event.

Once the Navigating Hope vehicle is ready to roll, in late spring or early summer, the two vehicles will travel in tandem.

The Navigating Hope mobile community assistance outreach program will offer a broad range of county services for people it encounters in the field, in areas such as homelessness, affordable housing, employment, aging, veterans’ services, Medicaid, Food stamps, child support, and transportation needs.

It also will link those residents to other key social services offered in the county by hospitals and nonprofit partners through technology onboard the mobile unit.

Sheriff Gannon chose the Morristown Green for today’s event because that was where he launched it on April 3, 2017. He was joined by a crowd of partners in the endeavor. They included Prosecutor Fredric M. KnappBob Davison, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris Counties; Sheriff’s Cpl. Erica Valvano and members of the Sheriff’s Community Services Unit, representatives of the county Department of Human Services, and Morris County Prevention is Key and their Center for Addiction Recovery Education and Success (CARES), run by Alton Robinson.

Hope One is able to provide clients immediate access to services and treatment facilities, putting them on the road to recovery and wellness.

In addition, Narcan training and kits are provided to family members and friends of individuals with opiate addiction.

To allow for more interaction and the ability to connect with individuals with addiction disorders, Hope One travels to different communities within Morris County.  The vehicle parks and sets up refreshments in an effort to encourage individuals in need of services to approach the vehicle.

Providing a comfortable, stigma free setting has allowed this program to effectively make contact with and provide services to individuals who have had difficulty navigating and accessing services.

The program’s success has drawn the interest of other communities, with Monmouth and Atlantic counties, and the city of Newark planning to launch similar efforts, the Sheriff said.

For more information on Hope One, visit: or