Senator †PAUL A. SARLO
District 36 (Bergen and Passaic)
Senator† FRED H. MADDEN, JR.
District 4 (Camden and Gloucester)
†††† Honors 100th anniversary of New Jersey State Police.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
†††† As introduced.
A Senate Resolution honoring the 100th anniversary of the New Jersey State Police.
Whereas, For 100 years, the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) have committed to protect, preserve, and safeguard the safety of all citizens of this State; and
Whereas, NJSP were established on March 29, 1921, when Governor Edward I. Edwards signed a law creating the force, and on July 1, 1921, Colonel H. Norman Schwarzkopf was appointed the first Superintendent of the State Police; and
Whereas, On December 21, 1921, 81 troopers set out from Trenton on horseback and motorcycles to take up their assignments as New Jerseyís first Statewide police force; and
Whereas, Since the creation of the NJSP, State Troopers have served with great distinction and honor and have exhibited unparalleled professionalism in so many of the nationís historic investigations and natural disasters such as the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Hindenburg disaster, the Great Atlantic Hurricane, the September 11th terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and Superstorm Sandy; and
Whereas, †The NJSP have served as the lead law enforcement agency for major events including the World Cup, Special Olympics, Super Bowl XLVIII, US Open and PGA Golf Tournaments, Papal visits, Presidential events, and foreign dignitary visits; and
Whereas, The NJSPís history is replete with commendations for innovation and expertise in criminal investigations and technical services, such as the establishment of the nationís first State Police Underwater Recovery Unit, the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, and the DNA Laboratory; and
Whereas, The emergence of the global COVID-19 pandemic has greatly tested and impacted operations of the NJSP, and its members serve a critical role in the countless mitigation efforts regarding the unprecedented challenges encountered in the response to the ongoing pandemic; and
Whereas, The 4,000 enlisted and civilian members of the NJSP serve with dedication and determination and personify the core values of honor, duty, and fidelity symbolized by the familiar triangle emblem; and
Whereas, Seventy-three troopers have given their lives while in service of the State, and their memories and sacrifice remain etched in the heart of every member of the NJSP and citizen of this great State; now, therefore,
†††† Be It
Resolved by the Senate of the State of New
†††† 1.††† This House honors the New Jersey State Police for its 100 years of service, protection, and dedication to the citizens of the State.
†††† 2.††† Copies of this resolution, as filed with the Secretary of State, shall be transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.
†††† This resolution honors the 100th anniversary of the New Jersey State Police (NJSP). Over the past 100 years, the NJSP have provided structure and stability to the citizens of the State of New Jersey. In keeping with their mission, the NJSP have served with honor, duty, and fidelity in the face of many challenges over the years.
†††† Throughout their long and storied history, the NJSP have been a constant symbol of safety to the State, from the routine, day-to-day efforts to keep citizens safe, to serving during high profile historical events and natural disasters. The NJSP have received numerous commendations for work in innovation and technology, and have been credited with the creation of the nationís first State Police Underwater Recovery Unit. The NJSP have provided a critical service to the State during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.
†††† For the past 100 years, the New Jersey State Police have protected, preserved, and safeguarded the safety of all citizens with integrity and professionalism through impartial and courteous law enforcement.