THE ANTI-DEFAMATION League honored Jared Maples, director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP), with the 2018 ADL Making a Difference Award, which is given to recognize “contributions to ADL’s mission of securing justice and fair treatment to all.”
The award was presented at ADL in New Jersey’s annual Securing Justice Awards Dinner on Dec. 17 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Nico Kitchen in Newark.
Maples said he was “truly honored” to receive the award. “The relationship between my office and the ADL was born in the spirit of collaboration. It flourished due to our organizations’ mutual goal of striving to make our communities safer, stronger, and more resilient…,” he said. “Together we will continue to make that goal a reality and ensure that there is no place for hate in New Jersey.”
Evan R. Bernstein, director of ADL’s New York/New Jersey region, said Maples “has made great strides in connecting communities of faith with each other and with law enforcement, bridging gaps in communication before emergency situations happen so that the New Jersey community can work together instead of individually before calamity strikes.” Maples, Bernstein added, “continues to serve as an inspiration for our community.”