Robin Hughes, the manager of JBWS’ Crisis Response Team (CRT) program, was granted the title of Honorary Chief of Police by the Morris County Police Chiefs Association on Tuesday, December 5, 2023.
In presenting this honor, Assemblywoman Aura Dunn spoke to Hughes’ work with the Crisis Response Team (CRT). A JBWS program, the Crisis Response Team dispatches volunteers to police departments and hospitals to meet with victims after an incident of abuse occurs.
“I met Robin over two decades ago because I am a CRT for the Mendham Police Department and I have seen the growth of this service,” said Assemblywoman Dunn. “You are getting this recognition because of the tremendous distinction you bring to the state…[Robin has] set the model for working with police departments in terms of responding to domestic violence calls.”
Senator Anthony Bucco, Sherrif James Gannon, and Chief Michael Koroski also presented honors to Hughes.
“The lives you have touched and the assistance you brought to those who are probably at the end of their ropes just can’t be counted,” said Senator Anthony Bucco. ”On behalf of the state, I want to thank you for all that you do.”
In 2022, 909 interventions were conducted by JBWS’ Crisis Response Team members, a 38% increase from 2021. CRTs provide victims of domestic violence with emotional support, information about abuse, safety planning, and assistance with filing for restraining orders.
However, for the CRT program to function properly, it needs the collaboration and cooperation of police departments.
“This honor is not about personal achievement [for me], it is a testament to the incredible work of the police force and the unwavering support of our community,” said Hughes. “With the dedicated volunteers that I work with, the community partners, the Prosecutor’s Office, the Sherriff’s Department, and my colleagues who work tirelessly by my side, I extend my heartfelt thanks. Our partnerships have been key to making a positive impact on countless lives.”
If you are in need of help, JBWS is here. Call our 24-Hour Helpline at 1.877.R.U.ABUSED