Board Members

Executive Board

Position

Name

Agency

Contact

PRESIDENT

Rosendo Perez

Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, NJ

Contact Rosendo Perez

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Keith Stopko

Office of the Attorney General, NJ

Contact Keith Stopko

VP TRAINING

Craig Marchak

Middlesex County Prosecutors Office, NJ

Contact Craig Marchak

TREASURER

Frank Apisa

Somerset County Sheriff's Office, NJ

Contact Frank Apisa

SECRETARY

Robert Grovert

Middlesex County Correctional Facility, NJ

Contact Robert Grover

SERGEANT AT ARMS

Carlos Diaz (ret.)

Middlesex County Correctional Facility, NJ

Contact Carlos Diaz

Advisory Board

Position

Name

Agency

Contact

WEB MASTER

Anthony Rusciano (ret.)

Middlesex County Sheriff's Office, NJ

Contact Anthony Rusciano

TRAINING COORD. - NORTH

Javier Castellanos

Passaic County Sheriff's Office, NJ

Contact Javier Castellanos

TRAINING COORD. - SOUTH

Christopher Taggart

Pleasantville Police Department, NJ

Contact Christopher Taggart

EAST COAST ADVISOR

George Norris

Prince Georges County PD, MD

Contact George Norris

WEST COAST ADVISOR

Tony Moreno

Los Angeles Police Department , CA

Contact Tony Moreno

Event Committee Members

Position

Name

Agency

Contact

EVENT COMMITTEE ADVISOR

Alicia Rietter

MAGLOCLEN

Contact Alicia Rietter

EVENT COMMITTEE

Timothy Thiel

Town of Dover Police Department, NJ

Contact Timothy Thiel

EVENT COMMITTEE

William Campbell

Jackson Police Department, NJ

Contact William Campbell

EVENT COMMITTEE

Milagros DeShields

New Jersey Parole, NJ

Contact Milagros DeShields

EVENT COMMITTEE

John Marcelli

Essex County Prosecutors Office, NJ

Contact John Marcelli

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

Region

Counties

Agency

Name & Contact

NORTHERN REGION

Bergen, Sussex, Warren, Morris, Passaic, Essex, Hudson

Bergen County Prosecutors Office

Contact Hector Carter

NORTH-CENTRAL REGION

Union, Somerset, Middlesex, Mercer, Hunterdon

Plainfield Police Department, NJ

Contact Larry Brown

SOUTH-CENTRAL REGION

Ocean, Monmouth, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester

Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, NJ

Contact Carlos Piniero

SOUTHERN REGION

Cumberland, Atlantic, Cape May, Salem

Pleasantville Police Department, NJ

Contact Rocky Melendez

President's Message

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the New Jersey Gang Investigators Association (NJGIA).

            The New Jersey Gang Investigators Association was established in 2005 by a group of law enforcement professionals who recognized the importance of having a gang based information sharing network narrowly, but intensely, focused on responding to the proliferation of street gangs in New Jersey. Like other states along the East Coast, a phenomenon also exists in New Jersey where well established criminal street gangs hailing from the West Coast, Mid West, and South West have recently, and increasingly, joined the population of our existing gangs, bringing the potential of further criminal networking to a new, and more threatening level. 
      
The mission of the “Gang Free New Jersey” initiative is to provide a statewide strategy for gang control by researching, developing and offering recommendations pertaining to intelligence, enforcement, prosecution, and legislative policy. The NJGIA recognized the importance of sharing information and working with social service agencies, community-based organizations and the education system to impact the spread of gangs. We also encourage best practices relating to prevention, intervention and reintegration programs.

By forming a cooperative agreement amongst all available resources, the “Gang Free New Jersey” initiative will reduce the number of gang members and gang crimes within the State of New Jersey, which will ensure that our communities are safer by being better informed. In addition, we will provide at-risk person(s) both young and adult with the support necessary to become productive and responsible law-abiding citizens within their community with a plan for their future.

The proposed Executive Board of the NJGIA is comprised of varied active law enforcement professionals dedicated to providing the best training, gang awareness, and networking while striving to keep the needs of New Jersey 1st!

The NJGIA will remain committed to bridging the lines of communication between all disciplines of law enforcement and their professional civilian counterparts, while providing the most current and reliable information to our membership. In recognizing that any association is only as strong as its membership the NJGIA pledges to put its membership first, with each and every member held at the highest regard. It is a strong belief of this association that we collectively have an equal voice as we unite in this endeavor to combat against the advancement of street gangs in our communities and the state of New Jersey.

The necessity to form this association has been clearly communicated within the law enforcement community, as well as the general public. We encourage and ask you to help put New Jersey 1st!



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