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6/11/2019 - Prosecutor Hosts Hometown Security Seminar

On May 29th, Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae hosted a Hometown Security Seminar at Cumberland County College Luciano Conference Center.  The panel consisted of members of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, the FBI, and New Jersey State Police.

The Hometown Security panel fields questions on agroterrorism.

The focus of the seminar, given that Cumberland County is a major agricultural producer, was a discussion on agroterrorism and how to prevent it.  FBI Special Agent Erik Negron, who is part of a special task force responsible for emerging threats, including agroterrorism, spoke on terrorist acts that are intended to damage a country's agriculture through the use of biological chemical attacks.  "I can tell you without a question that bad people want to do bad things to our food," said Negron.  "So, that's why we're here today - to talk about ways that businesses can help keep our community safe," Prosecutor Webb-McRae said.  "We all know that law enforcement can't do it alone, that the citizens, the people that work in our community, are all force multipliers to make sure that our community stays safe."  Prosecutor Webb-McRae informed the group that potential targets were discussed when the director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security visited.

Law enforcement plans to hold future workshops on agroterrorism prevention.


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