Camden, N.J.-The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office is urging the public to stop engaging in private attempts “to catch a predator.” The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office has seen an uptick in citizens attempting to lure individuals suspected of criminal activity to public locations. Actions such as these have the potential to put all parties and innocent bystanders in danger. These activities are not appropriate and may actually jeopardize law enforcement investigations and prosecutions of offenders.
Law enforcement officers are extensively trained on the proper methods to safely and successfully apprehend individuals suspected of criminal activity. The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office is requesting that the public exercise restraint and allow law enforcement personnel to follow the proper procedures to conduct investigations and make safe apprehensions that culminate in successful prosecutions.