Justice Returns to Montgomery County

The new department chief returns to the county detective's office after five years in private practice.

With the retirement of current Chief Detective Oscar Vance coming in the next week, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman has picked a familiar name in Ed Justice as his replacement.

"His work ethic is incomparable," said Ferman. "He understands the need to do whatever needs to be done to complete a job. He demonstrated-both as a detective and as a leader--the highest level of skill and the most dedicated work ethic."

Between 1986 and 2006, Justice served 14 years with the Montgomery County Detective Bureau as a homicide detective, and another six years as deputy chief.

Prior to his time with the county detectives, the veteran of the United States Navy had served as a patrol officer with and a police officer with the Hatfield Township Police Department.

In addition to his work experience, Justice continued his education throughout his career, acquiring a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Trenton State College in 1978 and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from West Chester University in 1995.

Both his academic knowledge and extensive experience prove to be vital assets to a detective bureau that is undergoing somewhat of a youth movement.

"We have a tremendous office, but we also have many newer detectives," said Ferman. "With the recent retirements in the county, the detective bureau will have about one third of the bureau changing over in a short period of time."

"I think it's critically important that our top level of leadership is operating at the highest possible level," Ferman continued. "We have to train the next generation of detectives, develop the skill we already have here, and I think the tandem of Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Sam Gallen will be a perfect pair to lead the bureau."

Ferman, who began her career with the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office in 1993, said she worked closely with Justice after she was promoted to chief of the trials division in 1999.

"When I became the chief of the trials division, he was the deputy chief county detective and he ran the homicide division," said Ferman. "He wasn't just a very wise and trusted colleague, but he was a great mentor, teacher and a friend. When he left the office in 2006, we were all sad to see him go. We really lost a great asset, but we're glad to have him back."

When asked if a career in law enforcement was Justice's birthright, Ferman laughed and said "no", but added the name is quite fitting.

"Having a chief county detective named Chief Justice is about the coolest thing that I can think of," said Ferman. "Now I've got Chief Justice and The Man of Steele [First Assistant ADA Kevin Steele] here, so I think we're in very good shape."

Victor B. Krievins January 10, 2012 at 12:16 PM
The harsh comments by Rev Roberts are surprising by a minister. Could she possibly have a friend or relative who is currently in the criminal justice System?
Dorothiea Roberts May 19, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Oops! I realize how brain dead you are here in Montgomery County. That is the reason you keep electing the same bums into public office getting the same results. As for spaceships, you better start looking up, they got enough Drones planes in the air. The House has just approved an Amendment To Limit Pentagon Drones Spying On Americans. But, Oh well, you here on this board sound so uninformed that it is hardly likely you even know what is going on in this County, much less the State of Pennsylvania, Which is known as the "Police State" http://theanatomyofracism.com You need to check out http://infowars.com Those bums that are in this Court house are a disgrace to this country! Wake Up!!!
brian barrzano October 01, 2012 at 07:06 PM
thank god someone has a brain in this retarded ass state...i cant beleive how blind people are that have eye sight..i guess two eyes are no good without common sense. you are rite this is a police state and will remain that way as long as these rich corrupt piece of s@#t cop groupies continue to get elected.
brian barrzano October 01, 2012 at 07:11 PM
oh yea...by the way..in mont. co. the law does not apply in their courtrooms. sit in any other county courtroom in Pa. and you will see how normally inadmissable evidence is ADMISSABLE in corupt mont. co...i wonder if the federal watch dogs came to norristown what would happen
brian barrzano October 01, 2012 at 07:13 PM


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