Gloucester / Salem County Security Initiative

Since September 11, 2001, one of the most challenging responsibilities of law enforcement has been protecting our communities from another terrorist attack. This daunting task provides new challenges for every law enforcement agency schooled in traditional law enforcement techniques. In attempting to prevent another terrorist incident, it is critical for police to reach beyond traditional law enforcement personnel, to the communities we are seeking to protect.

Based on the premise, the Gloucester County Security Watch was formed by former Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton in July of 2004. Salem County joined the group in 2005, and the name was changed to the Gloucester/Salem Security Initiative. The organization consists of:

  • Chemical companies
  • Law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, county and local level
  • Refineries
  • Security companies
  • Utilities

Our goal is to improve this region's preparedness in response to terrorism and catastrophic events through education, information sharing, training exercises and coordination of resources.


The Gloucester/Salem Security Initiative meets on the third Wednesday of the month, except in July and August, throughout the two counties. There is a presentation each month on topics that relate to homeland security and potential threats to critical infrastructure, both locally and throughout the world. The Gloucester/Salem Security Initiative also meets once a year for a joint meeting with the Camden Corporate Watch.

Become a Member

To become a member of the Gloucester/Salem Security Initiative, please contact the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office at 856-384-5500 or email Phyllis Covici.

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