Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Sergeant Receives top honor in Leadership Training

Mays Landing – The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office has announced that Sgt. Jennifer Cugini graduated from the competitive and challenging New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) Command and Leadership Academy.

“Her work ethic and dedication is second to none,” said Chief of County Detectives Bruce K. DeShields. “She represents this agency with pride and her commitment to excellence is shown through her strong leadership.”

Cugini joined the Prosecutor’s Office in 2009. She was promoted to sergeant in 2019 and currently supervises in the Litigation Section. Cugini has a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Maryland and a Master’s Degree from Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA.

DeShields said Cugini was a top performer throughout the 13-week course and received the classes’ top final score in the Southern Region Class (2021) resulting in Cugini receiving the Chief Harry Wilde Academic Excellence Award. Prior Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office winners of the Chief Wilde Academic Award include Sgt. Lynn Dougherty and Lt. Matthew Paley.

The NJSACOP Command and Leadership Program is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police that adapted the acclaimed West Point model of command and leadership to the needs of law enforcement.

The collaboration has morphed into NJSACOP Command and Leadership Academy, a unique blend of theory and application. Candidates with the greatest leadership potential are selected for this highly competitive program from municipal, county, state and federal agencies from throughout the region.


Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

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