Morris Law Enforcement Makes Statement on Buffalo & Uvalde Shootings

Published on May 25, 2022

Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Morris County Police Chiefs Association President Washington Township Police Chief Jeffrey Almer, and Interim Executive County Superintendent Dr. Timothy Purnell make a joint statement on the May 24, 2022 shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

The massacre of innocent children, our elderly, and indeed any American, cannot be tolerated in our society, and yet these vile acts of senseless violence continue.  Even at a time when gun violence is on the rise, it shocks the conscious that it is our youngest citizens who were targeted and brutalized.  The actions of the two cowards - one in Buffalo and now one in Texas - who chose to arm themselves with assault weapons and body armor, and then attack defenseless school children and elderly innocents is unimaginably evil and tragic in every aspect.  We condemn these horrific acts, and extend our hearts to the grieving communities of Buffalo and Uvalde.

We wish to assure our Morris County communities, and especially our citizen parents, that we have significant intelligence and response systems in place among our school officials and our Local, State, County and Federal law enforcement agencies. We immediately investigate any information regarding potential shooting or violence threats, especially relating to our schools.  Protection of our citizens and especially our children is the highest priority of all our law enforcement partners. 

God Bless those deceased Texas children and the Buffalo victims, and those who tried to protect them. We urge our federal legislators to take appropriate action to help us all fight against these murderous and senseless rampages.

It is critical that the public report any and all suspicious activity to law enforcement.  Members of the community are asked to be alert and provide information to law enforcement so that they can investigate and mitigate potential threats. If you see something, say something.  In order to report suspicious activity, the public should contact their local police department and in an emergency call 911. Non emergent tips can also be provided anonymously by calling 866-4-SAFE-NJ (1-866-472-3365) or emailing [email protected]. Parents and community members can contact Dr. Purnell if they have any concerns at [email protected].

Sheriff James M. Gannon asks that parents and school children please consider installing the RSVP-3 App on their phones as a way of effectively reporting potentially violent behavior in our Morris County Schools. To do so, simply:

               1. Go to the Google Play Store or Apple iTunes Store on your mobile device.

               2. Search for “RSVP-3 Morris County, NJ”.

               3. Click “Install”.

               4. Open the Application.

               5. Enter a unique four (4) digit passcode that you will remember. This is your log-in.  



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