Friday, May 20 2022

First Assistant Prosecutor


Philip Aronow was sworn in as First Assistant Prosecutor in May 2017. Prior to that time, he was an Assistant Attorney General and served as Bureau Chief of the Prosecutors Supervision and Training Bureau with the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice. FAP Aronow graduated from Lafayette College, earning his undergraduate degree in Engineering, and then attended Widener University School of Law. He began his legal career with the Law Offices of James Logan, Jr. in Mount Holly, New Jersey, and then served as a member of the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office as an Assistant Prosecutor with their Family and Trial Team Units.

Phil joined the Division as a Deputy Attorney General with the Organized Crime and Racketeering Bureau as part of the newly-formed New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Initiative, and eventually became the Chief of that Unit. Phil worked to design, develop, and implement the training materials for this initiative that led to improved skills and knowledge in the field of Document Fraud and Identity Theft, and he was responsible for statewide training as part of the Facial Scrub and Human Trafficking Initiatives. FAP Aronow served as a Police Training Commission Certified Instructor and has taught as an Instructor and Guest Lecturer for various law schools as well as for military and law enforcement personnel throughout the state.

As a prosecutor, Phil handled many high profile cases on behalf of the Division and was assigned to the Gangs and Organized Crime Bureau. He is a Faculty Member and Coordinator on behalf of the Division for the Top Gun Training Program, the Undercover Narcotics Investigative Training (UNIT) School, and the Supervisor and Leadership Training (DELTA) School. He was the Coordinator and Project Director on behalf of the Attorney General’s Office for the series of Fugitive Safe Surrender Programs held across the state over a period of five years, which was recognized nationally by the United States Marshals Service with a combined total that exceeded 18,000 fugitives who surrendered and cleared some 50,000 active warrants.

Phil became Chief of the Training Bureau with oversight for law enforcement training throughout the state, including the Division of Criminal Justice Academy and the New Jersey Police Training Commission. FAP Aronow was then promoted to serve as Chief of the combined Prosecutors Supervision and Training Bureau, and had primary responsibility for the supervision, coordination, and training of the twenty-one County Prosecutor’s Offices and law enforcement agencies throughout the state. He served as Liaison to the New Jersey State Parole Board and continues to serve as Co-Counsel to the State Narcotics Commanders Association. FAP Aronow coordinated the statewide law enforcement implementation of Conducted Energy Devices, Less Lethal Ammunition, and Body Worn Cameras. He oversaw training and outreach as part of the Attorney General’s Initiatives for Bias Crimes, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Heroin and Opiates, Internal Affairs, Strict Liability for Drug Induced Deaths, Use of Force and Officer Involved Shootings, and, most recently, Criminal Justice Reform, Enhancing Driving Under the Influence Prosecutions with Drug Recognition Experts, and Law Enforcement Interaction of Individuals with Special Needs (Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities).