Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns III was honored earlier this month for his New Jersey law enforcement work.
More than 150 invited guests from throughout the nation’s law enforcement community gathered at the Hyatt Morristown Hotel on Dec. 5 to celebrate the third Annual Law Enforcement Dinner, hosted by the Peace Islands Institute.
According to the Peace Islands Institute, the dinner recognizes those in law enforcement who work tirelessly to protect and serve the citizens of New Jersey and whose efforts help make a difference.
This year, Kearns started a program in Hunterdon County known as “One Voice.” It is based on a two-way communication process that addresses social issues through the county's faith communities.
The focus of One Voice is to bring together law enforcement and prevention professionals with leaders of the faith-based community to have “one voice” when addressing communities about today’s difficult challenges including substance abuse, crime and keeping the county safe.
“The Peace Islands Institute is a wonderful organization committed to making the world a better place by bringing groups together to solve problems," said Kearns in a news release.
"Social level change can be achieved with all groups working together, delivering the same message. Much like the Peace Islands Institute, the Hunterdon County One Voice program is a wonderful opportunity to impact our community in a new way by bringing together many faith groups and organizations to put out a unified message to address various issues in the community.”
The Peace Islands Institute is a national organization that aspires to bring different points of view and voices together with the spirit of mutual respect and acceptance in order to develop original and alternative perspectives on social phenomena as they relate to the lives of our citizens. The institute honors law enforcement professionals every year at the annual ceremony.
The keynote speech at the dinner was delivered by Edward Dickson, director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security. Thomas Masters of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Federal Air Marshal Service hosted the dinner as master of ceremonies.
In addition to Kearns, the following individuals were honored:
* Sheriff Michael Saudino – Bergen County Sheriff
*Dennis Carletta – Assistant United States Attorney – NJ District
*Philip Frigm – Supervisory Special Agent FBI Newark
*Drew Lieb – Deputy Director of Homeland Security
*Trooper James Hearne and Trooper Ruben Benavidez - New Jersey State Police