Mercer County led the state’s 21 counties in the number of people the sheriff’s department arrested and the amount of money that was collected related to child support in 2016.
The Mercer County Sheriff’s office arrested more than 300 people and collected more than $104,000 for distribution by the NJ Family Support Payment Center of Mercer County in 2016, officials said today.
Of all Mercer County child support warrants handed down by judges in the county in 2016, the sheriff child support enforcement team executed 92 percent of the warrants.
The NJ Child Support Council awarded its 2016 “Sheriff s Office of the Year Award” to the Mercer County Sheriff s Office at its 35th Annual Luncheon in Atlantic City on March 3 for the office’s efforts to pursue “the most egregious non-compliant parents or so-called ‘deadbeats’,” officials said.
Sheriff Jack Kemler said officers spend endless hours tracking down parents who are behind on their child support. He said the effort is not just about arrest numbers. “When a parent does not pay support, it places their child at risk for not having their basic needs met for food, housing, clothing and health care,” he said.