3Q with the NJSP Recruiting Unit
Three questions (3Q) is a recurring installment, which introduces various members of the NJSP, both enlisted and civilian, to the public by answering three questions.
Tonight’s installment features SFC Stacey Lloyd, head of the New Jersey State Police Recruiting Unit.
Now check out the video! For full video, check us out on Facebook or YouTube!
National Child Seat Check Day
On Saturday, September 29, the New Jersey State Police will hold a child seat inspection event at the Cheesequake Service Area on the Garden State Parkway in South Amboy, N.J.
Troopers and certified child seat technicians will be on hand to check or install child seats free of charge.
The event will be from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. No registration is required.
State Troopers to Set Up Sobriety Checkpoint in Cumberland County
West Trenton, N.J. - In an effort to make our roads safer and reduce crashes attributed to driving while under the influence, the New Jersey State Police will set up a sobriety checkpoint on Saturday, September 22, in the Maurice River Township, Cumberland County area.
If you see someone you believe is posing a hazard because of poor driving behaviors, please dial #77
from a hands-free mobile device to contact the aggressive driver tip line and make a report. Be ready to give a description of the vehicle and occupants, a location and direction, and a license plate if possible.
Troopers will be looking for signs of impairment due to alcohol or drugs. If you plan on drinking, have a designated driver, arrange for transportation or stay where you are. It’s not worth the risk of hurting or killing yourself, a friend, a loved one, or innocent motorist.
Patrick Brennan was safely located. Thank you to all who took the time to share and retweet the post. ***PLEASE SHARE*** The New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit and the Saddle Brook Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance with locating Patrick Brennan, 59, from Saddle Brook, N.J.
On Friday, September 14, Brennan boarded a NJ Transit bus to New York City and has not been seen since. Detectives believe that Brennan may be in the vicinity of Port Authority Bus Terminal on 42nd Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan.
Patrick Brennan is a white male with gray hair and is approximately 5’5” tall.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Saddle Brook Police Department at 201-843-7000.
The NJSP with assistance from the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General have arrested Hasan Bacon, 37, and Michael Staine, 38, both of Philadelphia, P.A., and seized several rifles and handguns after recovering a shipment containing over 300 pounds of marijuana.
As the result of an on-going investigation, State Police detectives from the Trafficking South Unit determined that a shipment of marijuana was being delivered to a freight depot in New Jersey from San Jose, C.A. On Tuesday, September 11, troopers arrived at the depot where they discovered two wooden crates containing approximately 300 pounds of marijuana. Troopers later determined that the freight was going to be shipped to Philadelphia, P.A.
Detectives from the Trafficking South Unit with assistance from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Narcotic Investigations completed a controlled delivery of the freight where they arrested Bacon and Staine without incident. Further investigation led detectives to another location in Philadelphia where they discovered an additional four pounds of marijuana along with the following weapons: • Mossberg 500 12 gauge shotgun
• Henry .22 caliber rifle
• Remington 1187 12 gauge shotgun
• Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle
• Weatherby .306 rifle
• Glock 43 9mm handgun
• Glock 19 9mm handgun
• Sig Sauer P229 handgun
• Springfield XD .40 caliber handgun "There is little doubt that the weapons seized in this investigation would be used for violence and intimidation, and they have no place in communities on either side of the Delaware River," said Colonel Patrick Callahan of the New Jersey State Police. "Thanks to the collaboration between the New Jersey State Police Trafficking South Unit and the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office Bureau of Narcotics Investigations, the array of illegal weapons seized will never make it into the wrong hands." Hasan Bacon and Michael Staine were charged with distribution of marijuana and unlawful possession of a firearm and lodged at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia.
On Saturday, September 22, the first annual Northern New Jersey Brain Tumor Walk and Gray Mud Run will be held in honor of Trooper Lindsay Gray #6945
who lost her life due to a brain tumor five years ago.
The event will be held at the Garrett Mountain Reservation-Great Meadow, in Woodland Park, N.J.
There’s still time to register for this family-friendly event that will honor a fallen trooper.
For information and to register, go to:
Happy Wednesday night!
We are over the hump, so we thought we’d do something fun tonight!
People may retire from our Outfit, but they remain troopers forever—it’s not uncommon for us to receive graphics created by former. members.
These two pics come from retired trooper, Anthony Sempkowski. We can’t decide which one we like better, so we started a poll!
Let us know what you think! #njsp
Meet State Police Chaplain Father Michael J. Drury
Many of you have heard about police chaplains. Do you know what they do or who they are?
A police chaplain is a volunteer non-paid position that provides members, their families, and the community with spiritual counseling, religious referral, and general character guidance through the various religious denominations within our society.
Father Drury has been an ordained Parish Priest for 44 years and has served as a State Police Chaplain since 2007. He began serving as an assistant chaplain in 1971 for the Maryland State Penitentiary and later became an assistant jail chaplain for Passaic County Jail in 1975.
For the last 36 years, he has served as a police chaplain for Mendham Borough and Mendham Township Police Departments. He also serves as a police Chaplain for New Jersey Transit Police and this year became a police chaplain for the United States Secret Service.
Father Drury is a member of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, International Conference of Police Chaplains, and the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. He is certified as a pastoral counselor, crisis intervention counselor, critical incident debriefer, and in Basic and Advanced Critical Incident Stress Management.
Father Michael Drury and all of our Chaplains are an important part of our organization. We thank him for his dedication and service to the New Jersey State Police and to the citizens of New Jersey. Feel free to drop him a line below!
Today we remember... September 19, 1968
Trooper Thomas W. Kavula #1809
Thomas W. Kavula was born in Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey, on November 4, 1941. A high school graduate, he attended St. Peter's College in Jersey City, New Jersey for one year before joining the New Jersey State Police.
Not wishing to follow in his father's restaurant business, Trooper Kavula played minor league baseball and was signed-up by the Cincinnati baseball organization and given a try-out. He decided to give-up a possible baseball career and become a New Jersey State Trooper.
Trooper Kavula enlisted in the New Jersey State Police on June 10, 1963 as a member of the 61st Class. Upon graduation, he was assigned to Troop "B" and later to Troop "D", Newark. Trooper Kavula's service with the Division was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty, and faithful and honorable devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.
Trooper Kavula died from injuries received as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle while performing his duties of directing traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike.
At 8:50 a.m. on Thursday, September 19, 1968, Trooper Kavula was directing traffic at an accident scene outside Toll #13
, Elizabeth, on a right turn leading to the Goethal's Bridge. A tractor-trailer made the turn to go up the ramp to Goethal's Bridge. Trooper Kavula was knocked down by the right-rear tandem wheels of the tractor-trailer. As Trooper Kavula fell on his back, the first tandem wheels went over his legs and lower body. He turned himself to the left, escaping injury to the upper portion of his body.
The truck driver did not stop, but continued on. Another truck driver, who witnessed the accident, jumped into Trooper Kavula's troop car and gave chase, stopping the truck just before the Toll Booths of the Goethal's Bridge. The truck driver who struck Trooper Kavula was found to be under the influence of amphetamines.
Trooper Kavula served 5 years and 3 months with the New Jersey State Police.
Trooper Kavula was transported to the Elizabeth General Hospital where, at 5:06 p.m. he died. He was survived by his wife and a 4 year-old daughter. He was 27 years old.
Karanveer Singh Pannu is a college student here in New Jersey who has authored a book about the bullying of Sikh-American children. Even as a busy college student, he works tirelessly as an anti-bullying advocate.
Earlier this month, he had an opportunity to meet with Colonel Patrick Callahan to create this informative video, which endeavors to not only educate law enforcement here in New Jersey, but to also educate our citizens as we seek to move beyond religious tolerance and towards acceptance and understanding.
In the video below, Colonel Callahan and Karanveer discuss the Kirpan, a knife that is a religious article of faith, which is worn by initiated Sikhs. The Colonel and Karanveer outline how a little bit of education and cooperation on both sides can greatly enhance interactions. For full video, check us out on Facebook/newjerseystatepolice! #sikh @karanveersp #njsp #faith
New Jersey Regional Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force led by the New Jersey State Police Digital Technology Investigation Unit nets 24 alleged child predators in "Operation Open House." Check out the link for the press release.