Photo of Ralph Padilla and Elliot Hernandez courtesy of Ralph Padilla Facebook.

By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

PENNS GROVE — Retired law enforcement command officer Elliot Hernandez as started a new job this month and program and compliance officer with PRAC of Southern New Jersey, announced CEO Ralph Padilla.

Before taking on his new position, Hernandez served as chief of detectives for the Salem County Prosecutor’s Office. A native of Penns Grove, Hernandez rose to the ranks from patrolman to lieutenant at the Carneys Point Police Department.

Highlighting the great culture and leadership in South Jersey’s Hispanic community.

“Elliot comes to PRAC with a multitude of governmental and service to community based organizations,” Padilla said in a statement on Facebook. “He is a Salem County resident and volunteers for several local civic organizations. Elliott is married and proud father of two daughters.”

Hernandez was born and Puerto Rico before his family moved to the mainland United States when he was 3 years old. A graduate of Penns Grove High School, he attended Gloucester County College and worked as a teacher assistant before becoming a law enforcement officer where he had a long career.

He served on the Salem County Working Group and on its Human Relations Advisory Board.

PRAC was founded in 1971 by a group of Salem County agricultural workers for the purpose of advancing, promoting and enhancing social, economic, cultural and educational opportunities for Hispanic citizens.

PRAC has been recognized as a “vital link” for the Hispanic communities of Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem counties. The organization has developed a community center which serves as a focal point for community activities. The organization has now expanded its services to all members of the community.

PRAC of Southern New Jersey hopes to identify and address the needs of low to moderate income community members by developing strategies and programs that facilitate social, economic growth, self-sustainability along with promoting culture awareness and events.

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