ATLANTIC CITY — New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal will headline a host of local, county, state and federal law enforcement officials who will discuss efforts to address the ongoing opioid crisis at the New Jersey Law Enforcement Training: On the Front Lines of the Opioid Epidemic, hosted by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.
The training will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 30 at The Tropicana Atlantic City. The event will focus on educating law enforcement professionals form throughout the state about the opioid epidemic ravaging New Jersey.
Grewal will deliver the keynote address on the state of the opioid epidemic in New Jersey and the state’s efforts to combat addiction and safeguard communities. The training will also feature panel discussions on federal and state law enforcement’s role in addressing the crisis, as well as presentations on effective methods that agencies are already being using in New Jersey.
“Police officers and other law enforcement professionals play a key role in addressing the opioid epidemic,” PDFNJ Executive Director Angelo Valente said. “Officers will leave this conference more informed about this serious issue and better equipped to address it in their communities.”
Other speakers include:
- Susan Gibson, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration – New Jersey Division
- Mike Ratta, Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation – Newark Division
- Vikas Khanna, Assistant United States Attorney, Deputy Chief, Criminal Division, United States Attorney’s Office – District of New Jersey
- Christopher Jakim, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration – New Jersey Division
- Paul R. Rodríguez, Acting Director, New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs
- Francis Koch, Sussex County Prosecutor; President, County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey
- Lieutenant Colonel Fritz Fragé, New Jersey State Police, Regional Operations Intelligence Center
- Dr. Diane Calello, Executive and Medical Director, New Jersey Poison Information and Education System
- Sheriff James Gannon, Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Hope One
- Chief Michael Richards, Newton Police Department, Sussex County C.L.E.A.R (Community Law Enforcement Addiction Recovery) Program
The training will include lunch sponsored by the CarePoint Foundation. For more information or to attend the law enforcement training, visit www.drugfreenj.org/lawtraining.