News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director Ÿ Doug Singleterry, Commissioner Deputy Director

Sara Sooy, Commissioner Ÿ Melonie Marano, Commissioner Ÿ Paul M. Drake, Commissioner


For Immediate Release

April 13, 2023


Prosecutor’s Office to Present ‘Internet Safety: Keeping Children Safe Online’



SOMERVILLE, NJ – Find out how to help keep children safe and protected from online predators during Child Abuse Awareness Month in April. Criminal Investigation Division Detectives Thomas Laird and Sara Dugan, along with other experts from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, will present “Internet Safety: Keeping Children Safe Online” on Friday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The presentation will take place at the Somerset County Emergency Training Academy, located at 402 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844. Professional development credits are available.

Criminal investigation experts will discuss the most popular apps and online sites easily accessible to youth. Other topics include identifying patterns of internet usage that may cause safety issues and the parental controls available on Apple and Android devices. There also will be an overview of the laws for online-based crimes and local resources for victims of internet crimes. This presentation is for professionals and anyone 21 years of age and older who would like to attend.

Registration and Breakfast

In-person registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and a light breakfast will be available. To pre-register, contact Luisa Hernandez at

For more information, contact Somerset County Office of Youth Services Community Planning Specialist Kristy Soriano at or call 908-704-6356.

Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Presenters

Criminal Investigation Division Detectives Thomas Laird and Sara Dugan; Assistant Prosecutor Nicole McGrath, Criminal Investigation Division; Child Advocacy Center Manager Melinda Pullis, Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit.

This presentation was made possible by the Somerset County Commission on Child Abuse and Missing Children in collaboration with the Somerset County Office of Youth Services and the Prosecutor’s Office.

Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office

The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office is committed to fulfilling its constitutional and statutory mandates as well as strengthening law enforcement’s relations with the public, enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Somerset County, ensuring the rights of crime victims by treating them with fairness, compassion and respect, and pursuing justice for all. 

Somerset County Office of Youth Services

The Office of Youth Services assesses and coordinates the efforts of government and community agencies that work with at-risk delinquent youth and youth with emotional or behavioral disturbance.

Youth Services also plans and develops programs and services to meet the needs of this diverse population, prepares needs-based plans for state and county government and distributes federal, state, and local funds for the development of programs and services to meet these needs. 

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