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annual report 2003/2004 peter c harvey attorney general of new jersey

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attorney general first assistant attorney general office of counter terrorism chief of staff office of government integrity division of alcoholic beverage control division on civil rights division of consumer affairs division of criminal justice division of elections division of gaming enforcement division of highway traffic safety juvenile justice commission division of law racing commission division of state police election law enforcement commission executive commission on ethical standards new jersey domestic security preparedness taskforce office of child advocacy victims of crime compensation board state athletic control board

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greetings from the attorney general dear acting governor codey members of the state legislature and citizens of new jersey it has been my privilege to serve as attorney general for more than two years our office has broad responsibilities that impact virtually every aspect of life in new jersey and we take those responsibilities quite seriously this report outlines our efforts in 2003 and 2004 here is a fact that probably is not known to most the new jersey attorney general s office has the broadest jurisdiction of any attorney general s office in the nation we have approximately 9,600 employees spread across 11 agencies including state police criminal justice alcoholic beverage control gaming enforcement law juvenile justice commission elections highway traffic safety civil rights consumer affairs and the racing commission we also have principal authority over new jersey s homeland security strategy through the office of counter-terrorism and my chairmanship of the domestic security preparedness task force our state-appropriated budget exceeds $530 million and with federal grants approximates $1 billion our agenda is one of action and innovation we have brought substantial cases and system reforms that better protect the public and ensure equal justice some of our initiatives are the first of their kind in the nation examples include our statewide sart sane teams for survivors of sexual assault movie theater accommodation for the deaf and hard of hearing environmental enforcement actions that prosecute polluters of our cities and suburban neighborhoods an insurance fraud prosecutor s office that leads the nation in fraud cases and celebrity voter education public service announcements our work has established new benchmarks of achievement in the department of law and public safety for example our efforts have resulted in the largest securities fraud payment penalty in state history the largest natural resource damage recovery in state history a record number of criminal defendants charged and convicted prosecution of 90 public officials the establishment of a state-of-the-art forensic and dna laboratory that is one of only four regional mitochrondrial dna labs designated by the federal bureau of investigation fbi the implementation of a regional computer forensic laboratory in partnership with the fbi and representation of the state in more than 17,000 civil actions and appeals we pride ourselves on being creative and non-partisan the pages ahead will give you an overview of our enormous responsibility on behalf of the people of new jersey after reading it i invite you to learn more about our work by visiting the web sites of our divisions see the upper left corner of each page for divisional web addresses through the tireless efforts of our lawyers investigators and administrative personnel and through collaborative working relationships with other state departments local governments federal agencies and the private sector we continue to strive to improve the quality of life in our state peter c harvey attorney general 1

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table of contents 6 10 20 24 32 attorney general s initiatives coordinating statewide homeland security policy procedures 4 combating gangs building hope 6 state police a modern force handling diverse responsibilities 8 helping survivors of sexual assault domestic violence 10 fighting public corruption 12 prosecuting securities fraud 14 best in the nation prosecuting insurance fraud 16 safeguarding civil rights 18 getting out the vote 20 dna convicting the guilty exonerating the innocent 22 criminal justice reforms 24 prosecuting bias crime and zero tolerence for bullying 26 protecting educating and informing consumers 28 battling cyber crime identity theft 30 protecting the environment 32 programs and divisions under the attorney general s supervision domestic security preparedness task force 35 office of counter-terrorism 36 office of government integrity 37 division of new jersey state police 38 office of state police affairs 40 division of consumer affairs 41 division of criminal justice 42 division on civil rights 44 division of law 46 division of elections 48 hava implementation team 49 juvenile justice commission 50 division of alcoholic beverage control 52 division of highway traffic safety 53 division of gaming enforcement 54 racing commission 55 also within the department victims of crime compensation board 53 election law enforcement commission 53 executive commission on ethical standards 53 state athletic control board 53 2 · office of the attorney general

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office of the attorney general attorney general peter c harvey flanked by first assistant attorney general mariellen dugan and chief of staff markus green the office of the attorney general oag formally known as the department of law and public safety is dedicated to making new jersey safe and secure for all its residents under the direction of the attorney general the department handles diverse and complex responsibilities focused on protecting the lives property and rights of new jersey s citizens no attorney general could be successful without expert administrative personnel managing approximately 9,600 employees and a nearly $1 billion budget requires a team of talented and organized administrators specialized administrative legal and communications personnel assist the attorney general in creating and implementing policy and generating public awareness of oag initiatives the oag provides direct legal services to state agencies and promulgates rules and regulations governing law enforcement operations among the units under the auspices of the oag are administration equal employment opportunity and affirmative action the office of government integrity the office of counter terrorism the domestic security preparedness task force the office of state police affairs the new jersey state athletic control board and the hava implementation team a from left to right james nestor director/office of employee organization development catherine farley director/human resource management robert j caccese director/operations audit maria cardiellos chief information officer/information technology services thomas j o reilly administrator raymond j hayling ii chief/public safety communications carl wyhopen director and dag/internal controls daniel foster director/finance and facilities management carl h ruopp assistant director cao-administration b from left to right paul loriquet director of communications b stephan finkel aag and director/legislative affairs william c brown counsel to the attorney general peter wint aag and deputy chief of staff june forrest aag regina garb director/citizens services and relations paul kraml chief graphic designer and creative director leland moore deputy director/communications lawrence m o reilly aag a b annual report 2003/2004 · 3

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www.njhomelandsecurity.gov coordinating statewide homeland security policy procedures priorities included urban centers liberty airport creation of state police homeland security branch the highest priority for the attorney general s office in a post-september-11 world remains protecting new jerseyans from terrorism via strong homeland security efforts through the domestic security preparedness task force chaired by the attorney general and the office of counter-terrorism within the attorney general s office new jersey has developed an effective homeland security effort testimony to the strength of new jersey s homeland protection efforts was provided in october 2004 when the non-profit organization quality new jersey named the attorney general s northeastern new jersey urban area security initiative uasi a best practice among new jersey state government programs the uasi is a program designed to enhance homeland security and domestic preparedness in the state s most densely populated region it was funded with $43.9 million in federal homeland security grant funds over the past two fiscal years and is focused on addressing potential and actual incidents of terrorism in a sixcounty area made up of bergen essex hudson morris passaic and union counties as well as the cities of newark and jersey city the northeastern new jersey uasi program was the only homeland security initiative listed among a dozen state government initiatives highlighted by quality new jersey the uasi program is focused on developing a first responder force that is capable of responding anywhere in the region to a terrorist incident additionally the initiative has provided resources to harden critical facilities that might be attractive terrorism targets the six-county uasi area accounts for 44 percent of the state s 8.6 million people and contains more than one-third of the state s most critical infrastructure sites as identified by the domestic security preparedness task force the uasi puts new jersey well on its way to creating a truly integrated and regionalized program that connects all levels of government in the service of better protecting the public against potential terrorist attacks other highlights included preparation and implementation of a plan for newark liberty international airport to help protect aircraft from the threat of surface-to-air missiles activation of an office of counter counterterrorism toll-free tip line at 1-866-4-safe-nj 1-866-472-3365 this highway billboard near right along with the bus placard far right have been posted throughout new jersey to promote the statewide hotline number for reporting suspicious activity as well as new jersey s comprehensive homeland security web site the web site is designed and regularly updated by the communications staff of the attorney general s office 4 · office of the attorney general

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attorney general peter c harvey confers with a member of the new jersey state police during the 2004 roll-out of the new state police homeland security branch hsb at mercer county airport the homeland security branch placed the state police emergency management section and the newly-created special operations section under one command thereby enhancing new jersey s ability to respond to a terrorist attack or other domestic security incident newly-acquired equipment unveiled during the hsb roll-out included the armored truck pictured here distribution of a total of $87.4 million in fiscal year 2004 federal homeland security grant monies to buy equipment for first responders police and civilian volunteers in municipalities and counties throughout the state as well as to fund components of the northeastern urban areas security initiative implementation of a statewide information management system sims by the division of state police to enable county and local police to more effectively report and catalogue leads on potential terrorist activities sims allows for consistent tracking and documentation of leads and streamlines reporting to the office of counter-terrorism as well as the fbi s joint terrorism task forces sims also serves as a repository and analytical tool for intelligence data www njhomelandsecurity.gov www.njhomelandsecurity.gov is the official state web site for dissemination of bulletins and other public information related to domestic preparedness created and constantly updated by staff within the attorney general s public affairs unit the web site provides a wealth of useful information on everything from current threat levels to preparing a disaster-related emergency kit to where to report suspicious activity emergency response personnel in action during a full-scale domestic preparedness exercise in 2003 staged at the port of newark and elizabeth the drill tested new jersey s response capabilities with a simulated chemical and radiological explosion annual report 2003/2004 · 5

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www.njgangfree.org combating gangs building hope project vision and other programs offered positive alternatives tough enforcement actions took violent gang members off the streets conditions outside were blustery and cold but the optimism inside new brunswick s lincoln avenue school annex provided a warm counterpoint the date was december 20 2004 and attorney general peter c harvey was gathered with students parents educators members of law enforcement and others at the city s lincoln avenue school to announce a new anti-gang and violence prevention initiative project vision a partnership combining the energy and resources of the new jersey attorney general s office participating county prosecutors and a host of community stakeholders project vision is designed to give thousands of new jersey youngsters a safe place to go after school and a range of positive informative and most of all fun activities to engage them in new brunswick nearly 100 students had signed up for the project vision program as of its december 2004 kick-off even as the new program was being rolled out for the first time in middlesex county similar project vision programs were be6 · office of the attorney general a perth amboy police officer plays kickball with children during a typical day in the life of the city s oag-funded police/community partnership program the program offers young people an after-school safe haven in which to work play and interact with adult role models ing finalized for launch in 2005 in glassboro gloucester county bridgeton cumberland county asbury park ocean county and irvington essex county in each case the programs were made possible by grants provided to county prosecutors offices by the division of criminal justice within the attorney general s office project vision offers young people a nurturing after-school environment as well as positive alternatives to `hanging out on the streets said attorney general harvey during the new brunswick launch it can help us turn young people away from the false glamour of gang life it can help us win the battle for our children with the successful roll-out of project vision new jersey strengthened an already-effective campaign to make neighborhoods safer through a combination of innovative prevention strategies and tough enforcement actions in addition to project vision a number of programs aimed at giving young people positive alternatives to the street continued to thrive in 2003 and 2004 in perth amboy parents and civic leaders continued to laud a police/community partnership program ­ funded with a grant from the division of criminal justice that blended enhanced neighborhood police protection with the availability of an after-school safe haven site where young people can play and do homework in newark the attorney general s office continued working with local and county-level law enforcement the faithbased community non-profit agencies and others to create after school programs that gave young people a place to go and a diversity of activities to engage them known as newark partners against crime the effort expanded in 2004 to feature three individual safe havens within newark s south ward section each of these three safe havens offer participating youngsters cultural and social activities educational programs and athletic and recreational opportunities.

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gangs guns and drugs video attorney general harvey who served as chairman of the gang violence subcommittee of the national association of attorneys general also commissioned an effective public awareness video on gangs in 2004 for distribution to parents educators community groups and other stakeholders in the effort to combat gang activity the gritty video demonstrates through compelling interviews and disturbing photographs that gang life is not glamorous it is a road to prison violent death and disfiguring or disabling injury the video which was quickly incorporated by other states for example virginia west virginia and wisconsin into their law enforcement training initiatives can be viewed on-line at www.njgangfree.org www.njgangfree.org heroin and several illegal weapons ­ including an uzi submachine gun operation lord stanley as a result of the efforts of state local and county law enforcement 10 suspected members of a crack cocaine and marijuana dealing network based at a public housing complex in atlantic city were arrested more than four pounds of cocaine were seized as well as more than two pounds of marijuana approximately $200,000 cash and a variety of firearms and automobiles 18th street gang coordinated by the state police street gang unit this investigation led to the indictment conviction and imprisonment of several members of the so-called 18th street gang operating in new brunswick in connection with street violence in the city three gang members received stiff state prison sentences five seven and 12 years respectively for their part in the attempted murder via drive-by shooting of rival gang members champagne posse/irvington initiative indicted were 65 alleged members of the so-called champagne posse in connection with marijuana sales weapons possession and other illegal activities in and around irvington in addition as part of the ongoing irvington initiative members of the essex county anticrime partnership kept the pressure on illegal gang activity by conducting sweeps in the spring and fall of 2004 in which they painted over gang graffiti and arrested a number of alleged gang members and associates ag chaired philadelphia camden hidta attorney general harvey served as chairman of the philadelphia-camden high intensity drug trafficking area hidta task force the hidta task force is a cooperative state and federal initiative which targets heroin trafficking and its corresponding money-laundering activities in the philadelphia-camden metropolitan region the hidta task force receives funding from the office of national drug control policy and is staffed by personnel from various federal state county and local law enforcement agencies the attorney general s office has made combating gang activity a top priority this public awareness poster also printed in spanish offers an urgent message as well as contact information for those who want to learn more gang prosecutions as part of the attorney general s gangs guns and drugs initiative in 2003-2004 the state police gang unit and the division of criminal justice spearheaded major investigations that resulted in the arrest and prosecution of over 150 street gang members on a range of charges from conspiracy and criminal racketeering to drug trafficking illegal weapons possession and money laundering among the investigations were operation golden triangle done in conjunction with trenton police and the mercer county prosecutors office operation golden triangle led to the arrest of 17 people involved with the alleged sale of heroin and other narcotics in the city of trenton surrounding mercer county area and throughout essex county authorities confiscated 300 bricks of project vision is a new program aimed at reducing gang activity and violence by giving young people a range of positive engaging alternatives to street life annual report 2004 · 7

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www.njsp.org state police a modern force handling diverse responsibilities monitors reports praised elimination of profiling lauded trooper training agency acquired hundreds of new patrol cars opened new facilities working cooperatively the attorney general the superintendent of state police and the office of state police affairs within the attorney general s office collaborated on a number of key policy actions personnel-management-related decisions and equipment acquisitions in 2003-2004 that continued to develop the state police into one of the nation s finest statewide law enforcement agencies through cutting-edge trooper training enhanced management practices and an ongoing commitment to diversity and cultural sensitivity the state police continued its evolution into a stronger more accountable organization one that continues to move forward to meet the challenge of full compliance with the racial-profiling-related federal consent decree of 1999 in december 2004 attorney general harvey and the office of state police affairs announced the filing of the 11th independent monitors report which noted again as in prior reports dating back to 2002 that no evidence of racial profiling by state police had been found by the monitoring team during the most recent six-month review period the monitors praised the state police for having made remarkable progress in such key areas as field operations trooper training and personnel supervision the 11th independent monitors report demonstrated that for the first time since monitoring of state police began under the federal consent decree the state police had accomplished all field-operations-related tasks outlined in the consent decree the 11th independent monitors report reflected information compiled during a sixmonth period spanning april 1 2004 through september 30 2004 by independent monitors dr james ginger and albert rivas esq who as part of their work conducted a variety of on-site review activities in addition the monitors reported that state police motor vehicle stops reviewed by the monitoring team were remarkably trouble free and that incidents in which troopers conducted consent searches deployed drug-sniffing dogs or used force in dealing with suspects were found in each case to have been executed professionally and for legitimate cause in announcing the results of the monitors report attorney general harvey described it as testimony to the dedication professionalism and commitment to excellence of the state police over time each subsequent independent monitors report has verified the continuing compliance of state police with the tasks of the federal consent decree the 11th installment however painted the most positive picture yet of a quality law enforcement organization embracing historic change 8 · office of the attorney general

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manage state police personnel mapps enhances the ability of state police to monitor the performance of both troopers and supervisors mapps is being used to manage state police operations on a day-to-day basis and has been cited by the independent monitors as an important management tool new technology center troop c headquarters now operational the new forensic sciences center and state police troop c headquarters and communications center located in hamilton township are providing the state police with important new facilities while also employing stateof-the-art forensic technology for evidence analysis ­ including dna new jersey is now home to one the finest evidence analysis facilities in the entire country leaders attend executive training at rutgers policing institute as part of the attorney general s effort to ensure quality leadership throughout the state police organization members of the state police who are promoted to the rank of captain major or lieutenant colonel are required to undergo training at the executive development center of the policing institute at rutgers universitynewark a collaborative effort of the attorney general s office and rutgers the executive development center is designed to broaden the skills of state and local police in top administrative positions and prepare them to address from a leadership perspective the complex challenges that confront police organizations in the 21st century taught by preeminent scholars and law enforcement practitioners the core instructional course stresses the conceptual over the technical and addresses such broad issues as leadership diversity managing change and effective planning the critical thinking research and problem-solving skills of state police managers are strengthened through class discussions case studies group exercises and reading assignments the cornerstone philosophy behind the policing institute s executive development center is that today s world and tomorrow s as well calls for law enforcement leaders who can take a broad view of their discipline and who can genuinely understand the larger social context in which they work as part of a continuing effort to ensure the safety of both the public and new jersey state police personnel the state police continue to acquire new patrol cars to replace outdated high mileage units at left a road trooper and a volunteer demonstrate one of the many vital functions provided by state police assigned to marked patrol units drunk driving enforcement in describing state police field operations during the review period the monitors referred to evidence of rapid meaningful and focused improvements the monitors referred to the office of professional standards the state police internal affairs section as a shining star in the agency s ongoing effort to comply with all aspects of the federal consent decree they also praised the state police approach to preparing new recruits which includes cutting edge cultural sensitivity training in addition to the stellar 11th independent monitors report other important progress made in 2003-2004 included the attorney general s office has been vigorously pursuing a multi-faceted trooper recruitment campaign under the slogan people like you recruiting initiative the division undertook a new recruiting initiative designed to attract state police candidates from as diverse and qualified a candidate pool as possible among other things the campaign involves the use of female and minority command staff as recruiters female and minority command staff those at the rank of captain or above have increased roughly 24 percent under attorney general harvey the recruiting campaign also involves the airing of public service announcements through media outlets that reach a multi-cultural audience those seeking additional information on state police recruiting can visit a special state police web page dedicated to recruiting at www.njsp.org/recruit www.njsp.org/recruit investing in the safety of citizens troopers as part of a continuing effort to ensure the safety of the public as well as the troopers who patrol new jersey highways and protect its neighborhoods state police purchased nearly 200 new patrol vehicles in 2003 and acquired another 400 new cars in 2004 to replace outdated high mileage vehicles accountability via full mapps implementation in january 2004 the state police management awareness personnel performance system mapps the first law enforcement personnel management system of its kind in the nation became fully operational a state-of-the-art computer system mapps is designed to allow for maintenance and retrieval of data required to annual report 2003/2004 · 9

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www.nj.gov/victims helping survivors of sexual assault domestic violence sart/sane puts sexual assault response teams in all 21 counties law enforcement training focuses on handling of domestic violence sexual assault while the number of rapes and attempted rapes in new jersey dropped by five percent in 2003 that trend probably did not offer much solace for the 1,300 persons who were victimized in the aftermath of being sexually assaulted most survivors find themselves confronting a host of difficult often overwhelming legal medical and psychological needs and they require help too often in the past systems designed to help the survivors of rape have inadvertently created more stress in their lives by failing to achieve a needed balance between compassionate care and effective law enforcement follow-up all that changed in 2003-2004 with the announcement of new jersey s first statewide law enforcement initiative dedicated solely to ensuring compassionate coordinated services for the survivors of sexual assault the attorney general s sexual assault response teams sart initiative under the initiative special sexual assault response teams are now stationed in all new jersey counties the teams are located within the 21 respective county prosecutors offices and are made up of rape care advocates law enforcement officers and registered professional nurses who serve as sexual assault nurse examiners sane the sart/sane concept is founded entirely on a team approach and one of its chief objectives is to ensure that every victim of sexual assault has access to quality health care treatment in a timely fashion victims no longer must wait hours for care in busy often overcrowded hospital emergency rooms instead they are provided quick and thorough care in well equipped specialized facilities sexual assault nurse examiners work through the attorney general s sart/sane initiative new jersey became the first state in the nation to have specially-trained sexual assault response teams made up of rape care advocates police officers and registered professional nurses there are now sexual assault response teams in all 21 counties ensuring sensitive and compassionate care for rape victims see list of participating hospitals on opposite page 10 · office of the attorney general

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collaboratively with police officers and rape care advocates to provide the best services available they are specially trained to provide comprehensive and sensitized care while also ensuring that potential evidence is collected in a manner that is timely precise and in keeping with law enforcement protocols rape care advocates are trained to provide support services for the victim through the medical and forensic examination and beyond under the sart/sane philosophy the role of rape care advocates is viewed as crucial to the post-victimization healing process the job of a rape care advocate is to focus solely on the needs of the sexual assault victim whether those needs require crisis intervention services counseling referral to social service agencies or information on other available options an equally vital goal of sart/sane is to enable law enforcement to obtain the evidence required to successfully investigate and prosecute sex offenders police assigned to sexual assault response teams receive specialized training in the area of investigating sex crimes at the same time the sart/sane approach emphasizes the need to create an environment in which women can feel comfortable while taking part in the essential but sometimes difficult and emotional process of working with law enforcement investigators and prosecutors the guiding ethos is to try to eliminate any fears a rape survivor may harbor about being victimized a second time through interaction with police prosecutors or others that is or may seem to the survivor insensitive inappropriate accusatory or otherwise negative the benefits are two-fold first it ensures that survivors will receive the kind of compassionate treatment they have a right to expect second it often helps increase the comfort level and the resolve of survivors making them better able to assist law enforcement in prosecuting their attackers since its inception the attorney general s office of victim witness advocacy has provided more than $3 million statewide for sart/sane programs as of the end of 2004 there were upwards of 200 sexual assault nurse examiners working out of 46 new jersey hospitals combining 2003 and 2004 the sart sane program has helped approximately 1,000 rape survivors deal with the aftermath of their victimization the new jersey sart/sane initiative began as a pilot program in monmouth county in 1996 the legislature subsequently required all counties to institute a sart/sane program the division of criminal justice within the attorney general s office oversees sart/sane on a statewide basis but each county prosecutors office is ultimately responsible for maintaining its own sart/sane program statewide sart sane program participating hospitals by county atlantic · atlantic city medical ctr atlantic city · atlantic kessler hammonton · atlantic shore memorial somers point bergen · englewood englewood · hackensack hackensack · holy name teaneck · pascack valley westwood · valley ridgewood burlington · our lady of lourdes medical ctr willingboro · virtua hospital marlton · virtua hospital mount holly camden · cooper health systems camden · kennedy health systems stratford · our lady of lourdes medical ctr camden cape may · burdette tomlin cape may court house cumberland · regional medical ctr vineland essex · clara maass belleville · hospital of the university of medicine dentistry newark · newark beth israel newark · st barnabas livingston gloucester · kennedy memorial washington twp · underwood-memorial woodbury hudson · christ jersey city hunterdon · hunterdon medical ctr flemington mercer · capital health system-mercer campus trenton · capital health system-helene fuld trenton · princeton medical ctr princeton · robert wood johnson hamilton middlesex · middlesex county public health department edison · robert wood johnson new brunswick monmouth · bayshore community holmdel · centrastate medical ctr freehold · jersey shore medical ctr neptune · monmouth medical ctr long branch · riverview medical ctr red bank morris · chilton memorial pompton plains · morristown memorial morristown · st claire s denville · st claire s dover ocean · community medical ctr toms river · kimball medical ctr lakewood · brick hospital brick · southern ocean community manahawkin passaic · st joseph s hospital paterson · the general hospital passaic salem · regional medical ctr vineland somerset · somerset medical ctr somerville · women s health counseling ctr somerville sussex · newton memorial hospital newton · sussex hospital sussex union · muhlenberg regional medical center plainfield · overlook hospital summit · rahway hospital rahway · trinitas hospital elizabeth warren · warren hospital phillipsburg · hackettstown community hospital hackettstown domestic violence consistent with its commitment to addressing all forms of violence against women the attorney general s office also provides specialized training sessions for law enforcement personnel in dealing with domestic violence and related issues twice a year through its division of criminal justice the attorney general s office provides advanced three-day training courses that help give law enforcement personnel a deeper understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence knowledge of related laws and a thorough grasp of the elements required to effectively investigate and prosecute domestic violence cases as is the case with sexual assault domestic violence is a major priority of the attorney general domestic violence puts lives in danger and tears at the inner-fabric of families by creating an atmosphere of fear and isolation in new jersey alone acts of domestic violence impact on an estimated 80,000 people each year ­ most of them women children and the aged in one year 2002 52 people died in new jersey as the result of domestic violence a 30 percent increase over the prior year employing actors and skilled instructors the three-day training course explores the full scope of the domestic violence problem moreover it provides specialized instruction to law enforcement personnel at every level in dealing with a domestic-violence-related incident from the initial call to police and techniques for investigating the matter to recognizing the legal issues involved and prosecuting formal charges victims of domestic violence in new jersey are encouraged to call the new jersey domestic violence hotline at 1-800-572-safe annual report 2003/2004 · 11

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www.njpublicsafety.com fighting public corruption veteran n.j legislator was guilty of misusing campaign funds other probes meant jail time for hainesport mayor motor vehicle commission workers on november 19 2004 assemblyman anthony r impreveduto pleaded guilty in new jersey superior court to state criminal charges related to his misuse of campaign funds for personal expenses the case was a milestone for the attorney general s office in successfully pursuing a criminal accusation that would ultimately force impreveduto from office place the veteran lawmaker on probation for five years and require that he repay $50,000 in illegally spent campaign funds attorney general harvey made new jersey history no other attorney general had ever successfully prosecuted a sitting member of the legislature for taxpayers and public officials alike the message was clear the attorney general s office places a high priority on ensuring integrity at all levels of public service on april 8 2004 former hainesport burlington county mayor ronald corn was sentenced to five years in prison for setting up an unauthorized mayor s fund into which taxpayer dollars were channeled for personal use as part of the same investigation by the division of criminal justice within the attorney general s office hainesport s former municipal finance officer kristine wisnewski was sentenced to three years in prison state investigation found that approximately $339,000 in funds from municipal accounts was diverted to the secret mayor s fund and subsequently used by wisnewski and corn for personal expenses both defendants were ultimately granted early release from prison upon being accepted into the state s intensive supervision program for certain eligible offenders but their public reputations were tarnished they were barred from future public employment and they incurred fines and stiff restitution requirements imposed by the court 180,000 restitution for wisnewski nearly $61,000 for corn highlights of other significant public corruption cases from 2003-2004 included commerce commission indictment as part of an ongoing investigation into the new jersey commerce and economic growth commission the division of criminal justice s special prosecutions bureau obtained a 16-count indictment in 2004 charging the commission s former chief of staff and two family members hired as consultants with official misconduct theft and tampering with public records to cover up their alleged illegal acts the indictment charged that thousands of dollars in public money was paid to the family members of the chief of staff for consulting work that was either duplicative or was never done at all drba official guilty on felony charges the attorney general s office played a key role in developing the evidence that led to the 2004 conviction of michael e harkins former executive director of the bistate delaware river and bay authority on

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public corruption case statistics indictments/accusations defendants felony charges relating to corrupt conduct in office harkins used a plane piloted by a drba employee to attend sporting events and non-business-related social functions and used drba funds to pay for private meals hotel rooms and limousine costs motor vehicle commission document fraud cases the division of criminal justice successfully prosecuted more than 100 defendants including 16 former new jersey motor vehicle commission employees who were involved either in the theft of mvc customer payments while they were employees or in selling and otherwise providing mvc documents to persons who did not meet the state s legal identification requirements sentences imposed by the courts ranged from 364 days in a county jail to 10 years in state prison and in some cases hundreds of hours of community service convicted mvc employees were barred from holding future government employment 40 35 30 25 24 20 15 10 5 0 6 6 17 22 22 35 30 2001 2002 2003 2004 annual report 2003/2004 · 13

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