The Responsible School Violence Prevention, Preparation and Protection (RSVP-3) program developed by Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon – and proposed legislation that would expand the program in New Jersey – is the focus of a May 23 news segment by NBC’s News4NY Journalist Brian Thompson.
State Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco has unveiled an Assembly bill that would expand and fund RSVP-3 on a pilot basis to other counties in New Jersey, and in Jersey City and Newark. RSVP-3 recognizes that law enforcement agencies in Morris County have the manpower, training and equipment to neutralize an active shooter in a school but focus should be on identifying and evaluating behavior and warning signs in individuals so intervention can occur before violence erupts.
The Morris County Sheriff’s Office Hope One staff educated residents on the signs of an opioid overdose and correct administration of the overdose-reversal antidote Narcan at a forum in Mount Olive organized by the Givaudan Community Advisory Panel.
The May 21st forum, dubbed “Opioid Crisis: A Community Event” and held at the Budd Lake Firehouse, was the latest in a series of presentations hosted by Givaudan Community Advisory Panel that focus on threats to public health and safety.
The outing marked an additional outreach effort by Hope One, a mobile substance use recovery and resource vehicle that has made more than 6,800 contacts with people since it launched on April 3, 2017.
Hope One routinely stops twice-weekly in Morris County communities where overdoses and hand-to-hand drug transactions have been documented, and where at-risk populations congregate, but requests for its participation at other events are increasing.
Morris County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Erica Valvano, who oversees Hope One, educated the audience on Hope One’s purpose while Peer Recovery Specialist Kelly LaBar, who works on Hope One providing training on the use of Narcan, provided insight into her own recovery and walked the group through the signs of an overdose and how to respond.
LaBar also gave an overview of the Overdose Prevention Act, a law passed in 2013 that allows people to report an overdose without having to fear they will be arrested.
The keynote speaker was Morris County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury.
The Community Advisory Panel is overseen by Givaudan, a fragrance and flavor corporation, and includes representatives of businesses, the Mount Olive Police, Fire and Health Departments, the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce, and other stakeholders with a goal of informing people about societal dangers, including cyber-bullying and threats of active shooters.
“Our focus has always been on emergency preparedness,” said Claudia Louigene, a representative of Givaudan who was assisted at the presentation by Facilitator Kate Stanley.
Morris County Sheriff’s Officers from the Bureaus of Corrections and Law Enforcement – along with some of their children and members of Explorers Post 140 – paid their respects on May 18 to servicemen and women by placing American flags on hundreds of graves at Restland Memorial Park in East Hanover.
The pre-Memorial Day tribute was on behalf of American Legion Post 421 in East Hanover, whose Commander, Herman Marmon, a retired Lieutenant Colonel who completed three tours in Vietnam, greeted the group and supplied the flags.
Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Bureau of Corrections Undersheriff Alan J. Robinson and Morris County Correctional Facility Warden Chris Klein were part of the group that spent hours at the sprawling cemetery where veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and even the Spanish-American War, are buried.
“When you place those flags, keep in your memory those people who have gone before us and made this country the beautiful one that it is. Thank you and God bless,” Sheriff Gannon told the group before they set out across the lawn with their flags.
Bureau of Corrections Officer Dave Wasilewski participated in placing the flags with his son Cross, a student at the Delbarton School. Officer Wasilewski said he brings his mother every Father’s Day to a cemetery in Lodi, where they place flowers on the graves of his grandfather, a World War II U.S. Army veteran, and his great-grandfather, a veteran of World War I.
Morris County Sheriff’s Office Explorers Post 140 members Jeffrey Brodhecker and Andrew Garcia, along with Andrew’s father, U.S. Navy veteran Rick Garcia, volunteered for the activity.
Between placing flags, Bureau of Corrections Lt. Michael Schweizer had the chance to visit the grave of his grandmother, who is buried near the chapel at Restland Memorial Park.