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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2006

Contact: Elaine Makatura
(609) 292-2994

DEP REQUESTS ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE INVESTIGATION

(06/23) TRENTON -- Expressing concern for Emil Mann, his family and the Ramapough Mountain community, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson today announced that the state Attorney General's Office has agreed to conduct an internal investigation into the April 1, 2006, incident involving members of the Division of Parks and Forestry's State Park Police working at Ringwood State Park in Mahwah.

The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office is continuing its criminal investigation into the shooting and the circumstances surrounding it. Anyone who witnessed the incident at Ramapo Valley Reservation is asked to call the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit at (201) 226-5552.

"The officers who patrol our state parks are held to the highest standards of professional conduct," Commissioner Jackson said. "The Attorney General's office and the DEP are working in earnest to establish whether department procedures and policies intended to protect the public were followed.

"Should the investigation determine that any department protocols - including those that guide our work with other law enforcement agencies - are not as effective as they can and should be, I will take immediate action to rectify those deficiencies," Commissioner Jackson said.

All four park police officers involved in the incident are on leave with pay.

 

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