The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department conducted a three-day child support sweep in Mercer County last week and arrested 107 people, officials announced today.
The sweep was part of a 21-county operation conducted across New Jersey. The Mercer County sweep included detectives and uniformed Sheriff Officer’s, in addition to members of the Mercer County Probation Division, Trenton Police, the New Jersey State Police, and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.
The multi-agency law enforcement teams investigated and pursued the most egregious child support cases in Mercer County, targeting 119 individuals – 113 men and six women, officials said.
In most every instance, those caught in the sweep had evaded all efforts to pay their court-ordered obligations of child support, according to the county sheriff.
“Parents have a responsibility to support their children. If they do not, enforcement actions become necessary,” Sheriff Jack Kemler said. “Many of those caught in the sweep are chronic violators.”
Statewide, 1,106 court-ordered warrants were served. Of the twenty-one county departments, Mercer County was a leader in the state with 107 arrests.
Kemler said parents in Mercer County who are excessively behind on their child support should “be responsible and clear up any long-overdue payment”.
For more information on how to resolve a child support
warrant, delinquent parents should contact Detective Stephen Mellick at the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office at (609) 989-6798.