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"President's Message"
by Wayne J. Canastra


       I would like to begin by wishing the outgoing Prosecutor of Middlesex County Andrew C. Carey, congratulations on his new position as Assistant U.S. Attorney of the Camden office. The NJNEOA thanks him for the continuous support that he and his office have given the Association since he became the Prosecutor of Middlesex County in 2013.

       Prosecutor Carey has acted as co-counsel for the NJNEOA and we hope that he will be allowed to continue on in that position as he assumes his new role in the U.S. Attorney's Office.

       The NJNEOA recently hosted the Basic “Tactical Narcotics Training” (TNT) Class #5 at the Middlesex County Fire Academy from September 6 – September 13, 2019.  This course has been lengthened to a 6-day program, which now includes practical exercises and a mock trial.  As in the past, the feedback regarding this training has been extremely positive. I encourage new narcotic officers as well as those interested in pursuing a path into the area of narcotic investigation, to go to our website and sign up for this training early. The TNT Class limit has been increased to 50 Officers, but remember we always end up having to create a waiting list.

Once again, we will be presenting the ½ Day “A Look at Addiction for Law Enforcement” seminars, in different areas throughout the state.  This well received program is presented by Sgt. Danielle Lo Russo (Retired), Doctor Jim Baird of Jefferson Health System and Michele Schreffler-Perez, Recovery Coach Specialist.

Scheduled during what remains of 2019 is: October's which will be on the 24th, at the Atlantic County Community College - Cape May Campus, co-hosted with the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office, followed with November's on the 13th, at the Salem County Office of Emergency Management in Woodstown, co-hosted with the Salem County Prosecutor's Office.  

This training has been requested by the NJNEOA more than any other training. If you have not had the opportunity to attend, I encourage you all to sign up. It is free for members and non-members. 

In June the NJNEOA will host the 2020 Narcotics Training Conference. The week long training conference is being held from June 8th to June 11th at Bally’s in Atlantic City. The Narcotics Awards Luncheon is on June 11th.  We will be revising the Awards Program.  The exact details will be made known in the near future.

To all our members, I hope to see you at our upcoming training seminars and conference.

I encourage anyone that wants to be involved, provide feedback or to suggest a training to contact me directly on my cell phone at 732-585-8436 or email me at president@njneoa.org.


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