The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office has two new additions, starting this week. Det. Harry Castaner and Leslie Taylor both joined the prosecutor's office, filling positions vacated by retired personnel.
Castaner was sworn in last Monday and is the office's newest detective.
Previously, Castaner worked in several Camden City police units with more than 16 years of service under his belt. A graduate of the Camden County Police Academy, he served in the city department’s community policing unit, patrol unit and the department’s tactical force. After serving in the patrol unit, Castaner went back to community policing, before joining the department’s tactical unit where he has remained a member of the narcotics unit for the last nine years.
Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton said what stood out about Castaner “is the fact that he’s very people-oriented.”
“I think that’s a great philosophy to have in law enforcement,” he added.
In addition, Taylor was added to the prosecutor's office, serving as a victim-witness advocate. Under the Victim-Witness unit, she will serve as an adviser to those involved in adult court cases.
Taylor is an experienced mental health worker. Graduating from Rowan University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Taylor went on to work for Family Service of Burlington County, New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Service, and Healthcare Common Inc. of Carney’s Point.
With a combined 10 years of experience in the mental health field, Taylor has also been active in the New Jersey Traumatic Loss Coalition. Her certifications include Certified Psychiatric Emergency Assistance team trainer and Advanced Post-Traumatic Stress Counseling.