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NJOHSP, NJDOE Urge Reporting of School Threats

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Ridgewood NJ, As another academic year begins throughout New Jersey, recognizing and reporting school-related threats remains of critical importance to the safety of students, faculty, and parents. NJOHSP and the New Jersey Department of Education recently sent a letter to administrators urging them to emphasize the seriousness of school-related threats and the concerns and consequences surrounding them. Recent mass shootings over the summer in Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio; coupled with the aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in February 2018, are unfortunate reminders that schools must remain vigilant in reporting suspicious activity.

Once reported, this information is immediately shared among local, county, State, and federal authorities. The statewide information-sharing process through the New Jersey Suspicious Activity Reporting System allowed for an in-depth analysis on the changing trends in threats and tactics affecting New Jersey, finding that social media remains a pervasive method used by juveniles and students to convey school threats.All threats, including those directed at schools, should be reported immediately to local authorities and NJOHSP’s CTWatch desk at 1-866-4-SAFE-NJ or tips@njohsp.gov.

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NJ Man Denied Job at Six Flags Amusement Park Faces Weapons Charges

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Jackenson Twp NJ, Authorities charged an Allentown (Monmouth County) man who was denied employment at an Ocean County amusement park after they said he had multiple weapons in his vehicle and at his home. Jonathan Fruchter, 38, sought a job at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson on August 29, but police said he was escorted out of the theme park because he acted irrationally and asked questions about security protocols.

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No Specific or Credible Threats to New Jersey It Is Important to Reinforce the Need to be Aware of our Surroundings and Report Suspicious Activity

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A Message From Acting Director Jared Maples

Dear New Jersey Residents and Visitors,
As we celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s independence this week, it is important to reinforce the need to be aware of our surroundings and report suspicious activity.
While there are no specific or credible threats to New Jersey at this time, we continue to emphasize the public’s role in maintaining the state’s safety and security. It is often your observations and reports that initiate investigations and thwart potential attacks.
You can report suspicious activity directly to our Counterterrorism Watch desk at any time by calling 1-866-4-SAFE-NJ (1-866-472-3365) or e-mailing to tips@njohsp.gov.
On behalf of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, I would like to wish all of you a happy Fourth of July. Please enjoy this time with your friends and family, and have a safe and happy holiday!
Thank you,

Jared Maples
Acting Director
New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness

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VOTE : Today is the NJ Primary Election

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June 6,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, According to the NJ Department of Homeland Security the election infrastructure subsector is complex and includes both physical and cyber assets, including voter registration databases, voting machines, and other systems to manage elections and report results, as well as storage facilities, polling places, and centralized vote tabulation locations.

In advance of the New Jersey primary on June 6, Erin Henry, Principal Planner in the Preparedness Bureau at NJOHSP, sat down with Michael Geraghty, State Chief Information Security Officer, and Robert Giles, Director of the State Division of Elections, to discuss New Jersey election systems security and efforts in New Jersey to keep these election assets secure and the voting process free from interference.

Although there are no specific or credible threats to election systems in New Jersey, the FBI confirmed cyber attacks on voter registration systems in Arizona and Illinois in 2016.

New Jersey’s primary elections will be held on Tuesday, June 6, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Your polling location is listed on the front of your sample ballot, which you will receive by mail prior to each election. Only registered voters are issued a sample ballot.

Primary elections, held in New Jersey each June, are the only elections where party affiliation affects the candidates for which someone can vote. In all other elections, a voter’s party affiliation is not even listed in the poll book.

New Jersey has “closed” primaries. This means that only Republican voters can nominate Republican candidates, and only Democratic voters can nominate Democratic candidates. Voters registered with any of the other political groups recognized by the State of New Jersey (Libertarian, Green Party, etc.) cannot vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary.

Unlike some other states with closed primaries, voters in New Jersey who are unaffiliated with any political party or group can declare either Republican or Democrat at the polls on the day of the primary and vote in that party’s primary.

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Homeland Security : Manchester Attack Calls Attention to Security Concerns at New Jersey Events

May 31,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, from the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security ,the bombing at an arena in Manchester, England, after an Ariana Grande concert on May 22 illustrates the need for security measures and vigilance by the public at the conclusion of a major event. Often at a concert or a sporting event, security measures such as checkpoints and bag checks are in place at the beginning, when ticketholders are entering the venue. After the event, however, there are fewer security measures, and since the event is over, security personnel and the general public may have a tendency to let down their guard. At the arena in Manchester, the attacker was able to inflict multiple casualties by detonating his explosives as spectators were exiting the arena, taking advantage of the fact that there are typically larger concentrations of people in confined spaces as spectators are leaving an event than when they are arriving (photo shows a crowd exiting on a stairway in Manchester).

The attacker was also able to avoid detection by security personnel by detonating his explosives outside the arena, rather than attempting to smuggle them in through a checkpoint. The explosion occurred on a walkway connecting the arena to the Victoria train station. Extending the security perimeter, by measures such as placing bollards to impede vehicles and adding surveillance cameras looking outward from the venue, could potentially reduce the threat. However, as at airports, no matter how far outward security measures are pushed, eventually there comes a point where security stops—and that seam becomes a vulnerability. Accordingly, an attack such as the one in Manchester could potentially occur in the United States, including New Jersey.