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For immediate release: August 16, 2006
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Judiciary Olympics Produces Winners Statewide


Bergen County youth under supervision by the Office of Probation Services took top honors in the 19th Annual Judiciary Olympics on August 9. Vicinage 15, which includes Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties, hosted the event at Rowan University in Glassboro.

Sponsored by the Positive Interventions Committee of the Juvenile Probation Unit of the New Jersey Judiciary Probation Division, the Judiciary Olympics offers youth the opportunity to develop character, sportsmanship, and teamwork. Olympians compete in several events, including field races and relays, basketball, softball and football throwing competitions, jump rope, obstacle course, and a tug-of-war. Competitors accumulated individual and team points in each event.

Track events were divided into four groups, a 4 x 100 relay and a 100 meter dash arranged from boys under 15, boys 16 and over and girls. Camden came in first place for boys under 15, first place for boys over 16 went to Mercer, Bergen won first place for the girls and Passaic came in first for the 4 x 100 relay. Other events included the football throws. First place for boys 15 and under went to Salem, and Passaic came in first for boys 16 and over. Monmouth came in first for girls' softball throws. Salem, Monmouth and Morris tied for first for basketballs throw ages 15 and under. Cumberland, Camden, Mercer and JISP-South tied for first in the 16 and over group. JISP South came in first for the obstacle course, first place for girls' jump rope went to Passaic and Hudson came in first for tug-of-war.

The Bergen team accumulated enough points to clinch this year's team title. Other top scorers at the event include Passaic County, Gloucester County, and JISP-South, all of whom tied for second place overall.

The event drew 156 youth from 13 counties as well as the statewide Juvenile Intensive Supervision Program. More than 100 probation officers provided transportation, organized competitions and prepared refreshments.

Robert Miles, chief probation officer for Vicinage 15, congratulated all of the participants and reminded them to thank their probation officers for bringing them to the event. "The Olympics provides a nice opportunity for the probation staff to model good sportsmanship and to further the working relationship that they work so hard to establish with the kids." The Positive Interventions Committee is a statewide group of probation officers who meet on a regular basis to plan activities for juvenile probationers. These recreational events provide rewards for compliance, and enhance the rehabilitation component of probation services.

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