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MAYS LANDING- Chief Assistant Prosecutor Rick McKelvey has served with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office since 2011 and he is no stranger to to working with and supporting the victims of violent crimes. On Wednesday afternoon, During the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Crime Victims’ Rights Week Commemoration, Chief Assistant Prosecutor McKelvey and the ACPO staff, …

MAYS LANDING—The murder trial of Brian Wakefield for the 2001 killings of Shirley and Richard Hazard of Pleasantville was the final trial in New Jersey where a defendant was sentenced to death. In 2003, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill successfully prosecuted this trial and also forged a longtime friendship with the family members of …

MAYS LANDING-March is Women’s History Month! Did you know the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office of Victim Witness Advocacy is made up of 6 female Victim Witness Advocates with a total of 86 years of service? This Women’s History Month, ACPO will share some of their stories with you. Tricia A Hayek, M.S.W., Supervising Advocate, 23 …

MAYS LANDING- ACPO Victim Witness Advocate Shavonne Davis is passionate about addressing stigmas that surround mental conditions that exist in our society and especially within the African American community. Victim Advocate Davis said her undergraduate and graduate education was centered in psychology, specifically within the context of criminal justice settings. Advocate Davis received her Bachelor …

  MAYS LANDING-ACPO Victim Witness Coordinator Raymond Royster said he was raised to celebrate Black History all year long. As a Victim Advocate, he said he  appreciates that he can identity with some of the issues that Black and other minority victims experience. “It has allowed numerous victims, particularly, Black male victims, to speak openly …

Q & A WITH ACPO VICTIM WITNESS COORDINATOR RAYMOND ROYSTER & VICTIM WITNESS ADVOCATE MELODY KIRBY ~Victim Witness Advocate Melody Kirby, how long have you served in the ACPO Victim Witness Unit and how many Human Trafficking cases/clients have you assisted with services? VICTIM WITNESS ADVOCATE KIRBY: I’ve been working as a Victim Advocate for …

MAYS LANDING- Each year, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office observes HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH and recognizes and honors the dedicated members of our staff and their Hispanic roots and history. This month, ACPO shared the stories of some of our staff members and their Hispanic ancestry. Meet ACPO’S first bilingual Victim Witness Advocate, Maria Sosa. During …

MAYS LANDING- Each year, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office observes HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH and recognizes and honors the dedicated members of our staff and their Hispanic roots and history. This month, ACPO will share the stories of some of our staff members and their Hispanic ancestry. Meet bilingual ACPO Victim Witness Advocate Ineabel Alameda. “It …

MAYS LANDING- October is observed as DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office is using this time to share information with our community about domestic violence in our region, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced. “Domestic violence knows no boundaries.  It impacts every segment of our population, women, men, elderly, children, …

MAYS LANDING-As we observe October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, ACPO’s Victim Witness Coordinator Raymond Royster has a message: “Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, but we can all help put an end to it by learning, acting, and caring.” “Domestic Violence is an unfortunate issue that plagues all communities. Atlantic County …