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June 7, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General

Juvenile Justice Commission
- Howard L. Beyer, Executive Director


Sharon Lauchaire


Trenton Resident Honored
Mark Roberts Named JJC Correction Officer of the Year

2005 Correction Officer of the Year Mark Roberts
2005 Correction Officer of the Year
Mark Roberts (third from left)



EWING - The New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) recently honored Mark Roberts as one of five 2005 Correction Officer of the Year recipients. Senior Correction Officer (SCO) Roberts was cited for his professionalism and dedication.

SCO Roberts began his employment with the JJC in October 2000 at the Johnstone Campus in Bordentown. In October 2002, Roberts was promoted to Senior Correction Officer. SCO Roberts is currently assigned to the Juvenile Female Secure Care and Intake Facility, also in Bordentown. He is a former member of the Arizona Department of Corrections.

SCO Roberts says, ”I came to the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission to be a positive influence on the life of incarcerated youth.”

“Through his professionalism on the job and his commitment to his community, Senior Correction Officer Mark Roberts has proven to be a role model and mentor for the juvenile residents in JJC facilities as well for young people in his community," said Howard L. Beyer, Executive Director of the Juvenile Justice Commission. "The JJC is committed to realizing the potential of the youth in its care and helping them change the direction of their futures. Our dedicated and experienced correction officers play a critical role in fulfilling this mission."

The Juvenile Justice Commission employs approximately 500 highly trained law enforcement officers. Each officer must complete an intensive training course at the JJC's Training Academy, which not only includes physical training, CPR and written exercises, but teaches officers to communicate with youth and instructs staff on techniques to diffuse tense situations.

This award is bestowed annually upon one officer from each of the five secure juvenile facilities operated by the JJC. Recipients of this award are selected based on outstanding job performance, exemplary work records, and service to their communities.

The award is given in conjunction with a proclamation issued by New Jersey Acting Governor Richard J. Codey declaring the week of May 2-6 as "Correctional Officer Appreciation Week." The proclamation recognizes the men and women who uphold justice and keep New Jersey's communities safe through their dedication and experience.

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