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What's going on here? Twitter user @katnavarro17 posted this video wondering what exactly this Trooper doing. It's a fair question. The troop car, with overhead lights activated, can be clearly seen weaving across all lanes of the highway, blocking motorists behind him from passing. So, what's the deal? Is the Troop ok? Is he doing this just to agitate motorists who only want to get where they are going? Well, the reality is there is that this is done purposefully and for none of the aforementioned reasons. No worries--there's nothing wrong with the Troop. What you see here is a Trooper conducting what we call a "slow down." When a Trooper conducts a slow down, he or she will slow down, activate the emergency lights, and drive across all lanes of the highway to prevent anyone from passing. There are various reasons for slow downs, but all have to do with safety. First, a slow down is sometimes used to eventually stop traffic altogether. This method allows for a slow, gradual stop, so that vehicles do not need suddenly brake, which could create accidents. Other reasons could be that NJ DOT road crews are working ahead, other Troopers are removing debris from the roadway or broken down car, construction crews are closing a lane, etc. No matter what's happening down the road, if a vehicle passes the troop car conducting a slow down, that driver is most likely putting someone's life in grave danger. So, should you ever encounter this in person, go slow and wait for the Trooper to stop weaving and drive away. You now know one of our trade secrets. If you ever encounter one of these when your out and about, feel free to impress your friends in the car when you rattle off this information as if you've always known! And thanks to @katnavarro17 for the great question! Be safe out there, people!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day Eve! The @njsp_pipe_band is off tomorrow, but you can catch them on Sunday in Bayonne and West Orange! Oh, and you just might catch a glimpse of those sharp Harleys as well! Be safe, people! #stpatricksday #bagpipes #drums
State Police to Set Up DWI Checkpoint St. Patrick’s Day would not be complete if law enforcement didn’t put some witty spin on luck of the Irish as it relates to getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking. You’ll get no so such satisfaction here. Daring to be different, we’ll begrudgingly abstain from the all-too-familiar banter you’ll see everywhere else—hopefully. You’ll just have to read on to find out. Instead, we’ll talk about DWI checkpoints and why you should never get behind the wheel regardless of whether or not it’s a holiday. Let’s first remind everyone that checkpoints are legal here in New Jersey and are used as a deterrent. We strongly recommend ignoring the advice of those who don’t believe this to be true—the people who encourage motorists to not comply with officers at checkpoints. This is not sound advice. If those people follow their own advice, perhaps they can use the gold they procured from an angry leprechaun to pay their fines. So, with that being said, here are the details: 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, March 17, in the area of Belmar Borough and Neptune Township. If you see a driver you believe is posing a hazard because of poor driving behaviors, please call the aggressive driver tip line from a hands-free mobile device to report it by dialing #77 . 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 a taxi or ride share service like Uber or Lyft, or stay where you are. It’s not worth the risk of hurting or killing yourself, a friend, a loved one, or innocent motorist. Have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day, people! #njsp #stpatricksday #stpattysday #puns
Many of you started your day off with a rocky commute. All lanes are still closed on southbound I-295 at milepost 69 in Lawrence Township due to an overturned dump truck, which spill rocks onto the roadway. Fortunately the driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Expect delays in the area as crews continue to cleanup the mess. #njsp #rocks
How’s this for a #ThrowBackThursday pic? Troops in old school uniforms in honor of our 75th anniversary in 1996! #oldschool #njsp
State Police Seeking Public's Assistance with Identifying Burglary Suspects If a couple of fellas stole $2,000 worth of tools, one would hope they had a lot of handy work that needed to be done. Among other things, this is one those mysteries that our detectives can solve once we identify the two suspects in these surveillance photos. The New Jersey State Police is seeking the public's assistance with identifying two males involved in a burglary from a residence in Upper Deerfield Township, Cumberland County. On February 26 and February 27, the suspects were captured on video surveillance trespassing. They allegedly broke into a barn located and stole approximately $2,000 worth of tools, scrap metal, and other personal property. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bridgeton Station Detective Bureau at 856-451-0101 or the Troop "A" Strategic Investigations Unit at 609-468-5203. Anonymous tips are welcome.
One of the great things about social media is that it has allowed us to connect with so many interesting people from across our state, and really, all over the world. And time and time again, so many of you have helped enrich our own story—that is, the ongoing story of the New Jersey State Police, which began in 1921. As it stands now, far more Troopers have come and gone long before the age of social media. So when you send us interesting pictures of past members, it’s great that we can now feature them. Pictured here is retired DSFC Peter DeBree. DSFC DeBree graduated from the 60th New Jersey State Police Class in October of 1962. He served 25 years with the State Police, retiring in November of 1987. This very cool sequence of photos was sent to us by his granddaughter. And although DSFC DeBree passed away in 2001, it’s never too late to honor and remember one of our own. The first photo is of him as a child, dressed in a military or police uniform—either way he had his mind on service at an early age. The second photo is his graduation photo. And the last photo is of a veteran detective, on the phone, working on a case! Thanks for sharing with us, folks! #NJSP
Career Day at MacFarland Intermediate School Major James Parker, Captain Jonathan Fernee, Sgt. Stacey Lloyd, and Tpr. II Quaron Crenshaw stopped by the MacFarland Intermediate School in Bordentown for career day! Students were encouraged to dress according to what they want to be when they grow up. We see some doctors and baseball players in this pic, but if you look closely, you’ll see the that all of these kiddos have the potential to be future Troopers! #njsp
State Police Recover more than $1 Million in Stolen Cargo 11 Men Arrested for Operating Cargo Theft Ring in “Operation Botany Strike” Passaic, N.J. – The New Jersey State Police have arrested 11 men, dismantled a cargo theft trafficking ring, and recovered more than $1 million worth of merchandise, which was destined to supply nearly a dozen national retail stores in New Jersey and across the country. The five-month investigation dubbed “Operation Botany Strike,” began on October 14, 2017 when detectives from the New Jersey State Police Interstate Theft North Unit began investigating the theft of a tractor-trailer, which contained $104,000 worth of meat, from a trucking lot in South Amboy, N.J. Troopers located the abandoned tractor-trailer later that day at the Vince Lombardi Service Area on the New Jersey Turnpike and began following leads, which ultimately uncovered the organized theft ring. Through various investigative means, detectives determined that members of the theft ring would transport stolen tractor-trailers from various jurisdictions throughout the state to specific locations within a business facility at 90 Dayton Avenue in Passaic, N.J. That facility served as the predominant location where members would load and offload stolen cargo as well as store the stolen tractor-trailers. Detectives also identified secondary locations in Little Ferry and Secaucus, N.J., which served a similar function. As a result of the operation, 16 loads of stolen cargo were recovered from 10 national victim companies. The seized cargo, which was worth more than $1 million, included clothing, granite, home goods, landscaping equipment, and food products and was destined to be sold domestically and overseas. For full video and full release, go to
You may have had a cool guest teacher in in school, but you didn't have a Jersey Trooper in uniform demonstrating how to properly shoot a bow cool kind of cool guest teacher! This is Tpr. Nick Bockbrader at Harmony School in Warren County teaching some students how to properly shoot a bow! #njsp
Last Saturday, Colonel Patrick Callahan and Major Fritz Frage’ had the pleasure of meeting with Haitian and African American clergy leaders in East Orange, New Jersey. The community leaders voiced their thoughts to Colonel Callahan and Major Frage’, and together they discussed how to increase communication, better serve the needs of the community, and develop effective strategies to increase positive interactions with law enforcement and area youth. It was a productive day for all involved, and we look forward to continuing our partnership! #njsp
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