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THIS THURSDAY: National expert, Ramsey detective plan frank talk with parents on pedophiles

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PUBLIC SAFETY: A national expert who serves on New Jersey’s Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force will talk to parents about protecting their children from pedophiles during a special adults-only free seminar at Ramsey High School this Thursday night.

Sponsored by Ramsey police and the borough Board of Education, the frank talk by Alan J. Robinson will at times be graphic, organizers said.

With good reason, too: An estimated 2,000 children in the U.S. are reported each day — or one every 37 seconds, they say.

“You can help protect your child from becoming part of these alarming statistics by attending this program on child safety,” said Ramsey Police Detective Marc Shingelo, one of the event’s organizers.

Parents and caregivers will learn about child abduction and kidnapping, sexual exploitation and the abuse of computers and cellphones, Shingelo said.

They will also receive an educational packet with safety references that will include an “age-appropriate skills chart,” he said.

Robinson has more than 30 years of experience in security, law enforcement, investigations, fire safety, workplace violence prevention, executive protection, child abduction and exploitation, infant abduction and emergency management.

He is a former supervisor of protection services for Disney-ABC, Inc. in Washington DC and New York, where he coordinated both the security of millions of dollars in equipment and celebrities for both Reagan presidential inaugurations and other special events.

For the past 25 years, he has been the director of protection and security services/emergency management for Atlantic Health System in New Jersey.

Robinson also is a representative of Project ALERT, a division of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, funded by the Justice Department and the Adam Walsh Foundation.

Appointed by Gov. Christie, he is a member of the state Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force, a cabinet-level panel responsible for setting homeland security and domestic preparedness policy.

Robinson has written several articles, is a police academy instructor and conducts workshops for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Jersey, the FBI, PTAs, school districts and corporations.

WHAT: Protecting children from abduction, sexual exploitation
WHEN: 7 p.m. THURS., Nov. 13
WHERE: Ramsey High School
COST: Free

MORE INFO: Ramsey PD Detective Marc Shingelo (201) 327-2400

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