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Coronato, Ocean County Detectives Receive High Honors at Conference

Coronato named Prosecutor of the Year

NJNEOA Awards Committee members Capt. Felix Pacheco (Grey Suit) & Capt. Bob DiGenova Present Prosecutor Coronato (Center) with Prosecutor of the Year Award. (Photo: OCPO)
NJNEOA Awards Committee members Capt. Felix Pacheco (Grey Suit) & Capt. Bob DiGenova Present Prosecutor Coronato (Center) with Prosecutor of the Year Award. (Photo: OCPO)
Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato, Ocean County Prosecutor Office detectives and other law enforcement officers from around Ocean County were selected by the New Jersey Narcotics Officers Association to receive their most prestigious awards at an annual training conference held this week.

Coronato was named Prosecutor of the Year while Detective David Fox was named Narcotics Officer of the Year.

Other award recipients include:

  • Detective Michael Heale & Ocean County Corrections Det. Rebecca Roth - Investigative Excellence
  • Detective Anthony Sgro, Berkeley Police Department - Investigative Excellence  
  • Ocean County Special Operations Group Northern Unit - Investigative Excellence
  • Ocean County Special Operations Group Southern Unit - Investigative Excellence 
"I am truly humbled to be recognized by such a dedicated courageous group," Coronato said in a statement. "Those who work tirelessly to fight the scourge of illegal narcotics operate within law enforcement’s most dangerous arena. I cannot express the pride I feel in being recognized with those members of my office and all those in Ocean County Law Enforcement who put their lives on the line each day in the fight to make a difference. It is their bravery, dedication and efforts that have bred my success over the past year."

The New Jersey Narcotics Officers Association was started in 1965 in Newark by a small group of officers concerned over the proliferation of drugs, said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the prosecutor's office. The group was organized to encourage mutual cooperation, discussions and to provide better training for narcotics officers. The group now has over 2,000 members.

Coronato was recognized by the group for quickly and aggressively targeting Ocean County's drug issues when he became prosecutor in 2013, as well as his efforts to hold education forums featuring noted speakers and musicians. Furthermore, the group recognized Coronato for spearheading the state's Narcan program in light of a rising death toll from opiate abuse.

"I firmly believe that true leadership is defined by results," said Seaside Heights Police Chief Thomas Boyd, in the statement. "To date, Prosecutor Joseph Coronato’s tenure has resulted in tremendous improvements to Ocean County Law Enforcement and the communities we serve. Prosecutor Coronato’s greatest strength is his ability to drive significant change in the community, while providing passionate support for those who protect and serve."

Fox, the county detective, was selected to receive his award for organizing and executing Operation Weed Whacker in 2013, which resulted in the seizure of over 100 pounds of marijuana, $500,000 in drug proceeds as well as guns and drug packing and distribution materials.

In 2014, Fox organized Operation Growin' Up, a two month-long investigation that included law enforcement agencies from Ocean County to California. The investigation ultimately led to the seizure of 120 pounds of marijuana, $400,000 in drug proceeds and the arrests of 12 people.
ThudNJ June 06, 2014 at 05:07 PM
Hey not for nothing but at least this prosecutor has done some crime fighting. The last 20 some years around here there were sleeper executives in law enforcement.
Proud Pappa June 06, 2014 at 06:24 PM
Get rid of the Narcan..let them thin themselves out...How about the Police be able to use a Epi-Pen to save someone who was not trying to kill themselves in the 1st place.!!!..Sorry but no such thing as an accidental overdose of heroin....Did they slip and the needle fell in their arm..NO...THEY intentionally stuck it in their arm!!!!!
grace June 07, 2014 at 07:53 AM
how much does chief boyd make again?
MJP June 08, 2014 at 10:53 PM
grace I heard more than Chief Little. and Toms River is much larger seaside is 17 blocks long maybe around $200.000 per year or more its public record
SoooooooBussyyyy June 27, 2014 at 12:08 AM
He's a glory hound. Loves to see himself in the papers and on TV.

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