West Windsor, N.J. – The New Jersey Resiliency Program for Law Enforcement is the topic of a lecture at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) as part of the college’s Fall 2019 Distinguished Lecture Series.
Veronica Allende, Director of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, and Robert Czepiel, Senior Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey and Chief of the Prosecutors Supervision and Training Bureau, will deliver the lecture on Thursday, Nov. 14 at noon in the Communications Building Room CM109.
The lecture will address the troubling rise in reported police suicides nationwide, which Allende cites is an outgrowth of the daily, and often unchecked, stress of police work. The Resiliency Program, the first of its kind nationwide, seeks to provide officers the means to better handle the pressures of work and life events.
Allende returned to the Division of Criminal Justice as Director after a year and a half at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, where she served as an Assistant United States Attorney. She also served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Division of Criminal Justice, working in the Gangs and Organized Crime Bureau and the Corruption Bureau.
Czepiel has been a prosecutor at the county and state levels in New Jersey for over 23 years. His responsibilities include updating, training, and creating the curriculum for law enforcement officers and prosecutors on numerous legal courses offered by the Division of Criminal Justice, CLEAR Institute, and the New Jersey State Police Training Commission. He was also employed as an Assistant Prosecutor at the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office for several years.
For more information on MCCC’s Distinguished Lecture Series, call (609) 570-3324 or visit www.mccc.edu/lecture.