Law Enforcement Visibility Stepped Up in Ocean County

By Eric Englund | Dec 18, 2019

Ocean County, NJ — In light of the events on Dec. 10 in Jersey City, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer and Sheriff Michael Matronardy have announced an increased presence of law enforcement officers throughout Ocean County to ensure the safety of all residents. That day a police officer, three civilians and the two suspects were killed in what is being investigated as a bias crime since authorities believe a Jewish deli was singled out by the shooters.

In a press release issued Dec. 13, the agencies said that while there is no specific or credible threat in Ocean County at this time, residents are reminded to report any and all suspicious activity to law enforcement.

“If you see something suspicious, call 911 immediately,” the release said. “If you suspect you are a victim of, or are a witness to a bias crime, call your local police department, or the 24 hour Bias Crime Hotline of the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General can be reached at 1-800-277-BIAS (2427) or NJBIAS@NJDCJ.ORG.”

Gov. Phil Murphy issued a statement saying that the killing of innocent civilians and a police officer “must be the wake-up call to those who fail to see or acknowledge the rising tide of hate here in New Jersey and around the nation.”

Brian Huntenburg, prosecutor’s office spokesman, said his office and the sheriff are working with local police departments,

“There are not any specific enforcement details,” he said. “We’re just trying to improve the police presence on the road, making authorities more visible.” E.E.

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