Lacey Township’s Task Force hosted a special event at the Lacey Township High School on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. The event began with a light complimentary dinner at 6:15 p.m. and was followed by special presentations. The presentations address the drug problem affecting today’s society and, more specifically, the negative impact on our community. The presenters for the evening were as follows:
- Steve L. Willis, J.D., who is the founder and managing partner of Willis & Gresek, PC, a general practice law firm. While he specializes in all areas of criminal law, Mr. Willis focuses much of his personal practice on substance abuse and addiction related crimes. His specialty is borne out of his own experience with a challenging adolescent child who suffers from the disease of addiction. Mr. Willis has presented many lectures before the medical community, school staff, and juvenile justice personnel on the inadequacies of the criminal justice system as it pertains to substance abuse. Mr. Willis is a member of the NJ Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He graduated summa cum laude from Montclair University and received his J.D. degree as Valedictorian from Seton Hall University.
- Captain David A. Paprota, Ed.D., who has over 23 years law of enforcement experience and currently serves as the Commander of the Lacey Township Police Department. Captain Paprota is dedicated to raising substance abuse awareness as well as developing and implementing programs to decrease the devastating negative impact of drug abuse in Lacey Township. Captain Paprota earned his doctoral degree at Seton Hall University while also serving as an adjunct professor. He is a published author and has personally participated in training over 10,000 NJ, NY and PA law enforcement officers throughout his career.
Nearly 800 of Lacey’s residents attended the meeting.