Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office will be hosting a 21/21 Virtual Town Hall entitled “Moving Forward – A Conversation on Law Enforcement and Community Policing.”  The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office has asked the 21 County Prosecutors of New Jersey to organize quarterly public events to discuss issues relevant to community policing in the 21st century (the “21/21 Community Policing Project”). The goal of the project is to strengthen relationships between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve – and to address areas of concern before conflicts arise.

The Virtual Town Hall will be streamed live via the internet.  Prosecutor Billhimer will be joined by Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy; Chief of County Detectives Joseph F. Mitchell, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office; Undersheriff Brian J. Klimakowski, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office who also serves as Director of the Ocean County Police Academy; Chief Lisa Parker, Manchester Township Police Department; Chief Mitch Little, Toms River Township Police Department; Reverend William Greene, Pastor – Second Baptist Church of Toms River; Reverend William Simmons, Assistant Pastor – Sixth Street Baptist Church of Lakewood; Jasmin Guarin, Founder of the Junior Community Ambassadors Club of Toms River High School South; William Scharfenberg, Chief of Professional Standards-Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office; Captain Anthony Carrington, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office; Renee T. White, Supervising Assistant Prosecutor- Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office; Sergeant Thomas Tiernan, Special Investigations Unit-Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office; Agent Michael Colwell, Community Relations-Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

The panel will be discussing social justice, use of force, police accountability and professionalism, police training, and internal affairs investigations.  Members of the public are encouraged to participate by submitting questions and watching the live stream on July 2.  The Virtual Town Hall conversation will be streamed live at www.ocponj.gov/21-21.  The community is encouraged to submit questions to the panel at www.ocponj.gov/21-21 or at communityquestions@co.ocean.nj.us.