Camden police, state parole officers, team up

March 13, 2008 2:55:04 PM PDT
A state and city partnership is expected to be a new crime-fighting tool for Camden. Dozens of city agency officials and state parole board members gathered in Camden today.

They announced a new partnership between state parole officers and Camden law enforcement.

Officials believe that increased sharing of data and criminal intelligence will help Camden police with investigations and crime preventative measures.

"Due to their daily activities in supervising ex-offenders," Judge Theodore Z. Davis said, "parole officers have a wealth of expert knowledge and criminal intelligence that must be shared with the rest of the law enforcement community."

Davis said that the partnership adheres to the public safety strategy of Governor Jon Corzine which calls for greater information sharing between law enforcement agencies. The program is designed to incur no new costs to taxpayers. Camden Police Department Director Carmelo V. Hertas Jr. said, "This consolidation of resources benefits the efficency and capabilities of both organizations."

Parole officers supervise more than 15,000 offenders statewide. The State Parole Board is the primary law enforcement agency in New Jersey responsible for sex offender supervision.