Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden is upset about the care that military veterans are getting and and the attention that the media is giving to the plight of inmates in State and County prisons compared to the sparse coverage the media is giving convalescing vets in state run homes.
“This is shameful,” Golden said of reports that the high rate of mortality at New Jersey’s veterans homes since the COVID-19 pandemic broke. “We hear more about our inmates than our veterans. Everyday I receive calls from reporters on the status of inmates and there is blanket coverage on those in the jail, yet there’s sparse coverage on our veterans.”
At 7 a.m. this morning, Monmouth Ocean Hospital Services Corp, better known as MONOC, ceased operating as the primary provider of paramedic EMS services in Monmouth and Ocean Counties after 42 years.
Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden, a former MONOC paramedic, reports that the transition to the new providers of advanced life support services, Hackensack Meridian Health and Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health, was seamless and that paramedic units from the hospitals have been responding with no interruptions.
Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden responded to NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s directive issued this afternoon which directs corrections officers at the Monmouth County Jail not to cooperate with ICE with a pledge to fight the directive legally and to keep Monmouth County residents safe.
“We shall continue to pursue legal remedies to this directive, which deprives Monmouth County of the ability to identify individuals who have committed crimes and are here illegally,” Sheriff Golden said in a statement.
Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden quietly extended the County’s 287 (g) agreement with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency on March 8, 2019, apparently in defiance of the Murphy Administration’s Sanctuary State Policies as implemented by State Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal’s Immigration Trust Directive.
Golden’s agreement with ICE, and that of Cape May County Sheriff Robert A. Nolan, were reported last night by NJ.com.
287 (g) agreements empower local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws and to cooperate with ICE officers. Read the rest of this entry »
Mercer County: In the continuing effort to fight crime, Sheriff Shaun Golden is pleased to announce the newest team to the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit. Sheriff’s Officer Doug Marino and K-9 Blue, a two year old Belgian Malinois, graduated from the New Jersey State Police K-9 Scent Class #34 on June 14, after 14 weeks of intense training in explosive detection.
“It’s an honor to welcome this highly trained K-9 team to our unit. S/O Marino and his partner Blue will prove to be a great asset to Monmouth County and local police departments,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “K-9 teams are extremely essential when it comes to bolstering homeland security capabilities by playing a vital role in protecting our county against criminal and terroristic threats, combatting the proliferation of drugs, as well as assisting in the apprehension of suspects.”
Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden issued a statement today condemning the Trenton Democrats’ marijuana legislation as “poorly written policy by the Democratic majority” “that is aimed at grabbing tax dollars without any regard on the impacts on our local communities!”
Sheriff Golden, also the Monmouth County Republican Chairman, issued his statement in a email to Monmouth Republican elected officials and party leaders.
Golden said the legislation would allow more pots shops than coffee shops in New Jersey and does not provide for licensing of retail establishments or background checks of retailers by law enforcement officers, as liquor licenses require. He cited published reports that indicate that legal marijuana in other jurisdictions have increased minority arrests and incarceration and increased motor vehicle collisions and fatalities.
New Jersey is one step closer to legalizing recreational marijuana use after the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Assembly Appropriations Committee each approved the New Jersey Marijuana Legalization Act after a four hour joint hearing on the bill.
The Senate Committee passed the bill 7-4, with two abstentions.
Monmouth County’s senators on the committee came down on different sides as Senator Vin Gopal (D-ll) voted in favor of the bill and Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) voted against.
Monmouth County Sheriff’s Officers and Middletown Police Officers located an elderly Middletown man who wandered from home last night through the use of the Sheriff’s Office’s Project Lifesaver technology, according to an announcement by Sheriff Shaun Golden.
The 69 year old man was located and returned to safety by Sheriff’s Officers Kurt Kroeper and Ralph Irizzary as well as Detective Al Scott and Sgt. CJ Higgins of the Middletown PD.
Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden issued a sharp criticism of Jersey City’s decision to unilaterally decriminalize marijuana possession last night via twitter:
Dangerous 4 Law Enforcement-At what point do cities/towns arbitrarily NOT enforce other state laws? Controlling what the PDs can/cannot enforce is a dangerous course action. If you disagree with the law-change it, Stop using LE to pursue agenda. @MichaelAronNJTV@NJSPBA@njfophttps://t.co/Od0lW9s4z7