Earlier this week, the New Jersey State Police Explorers who meet at Troop "B" Totowa Headquarters were visited by the NJSP Aviation Bureau!
Our explorers got a chance to speak with our Aviation Troopers and get a firsthand look at one of our helicopters. The visited Troopers discussed the duties and responsibilities of the Aviation Bureau and answered some great questions from the Explorers!
For more information about our Police Explorer program, go to http://www.njsp.org/division/administration/school-safety-outreach.shtml.
Recently, one of our followers, Bryce Watson, showcased a custom built replica of an Augusta Westland 139 helicopter to troopers at Sussex Station. The Augusta is the same helicopter that the pilots in our Aviation Unit fly.
Bryce has always enjoyed building helicopters and has made replicas of a Coast Guard Helicopter, military helicopters, and various others. He has dedicated hundreds of hours re-creating every little detail of the Augusta. Bryce uses some of the same materials used on the real helicopter to make sure that it flies!
For several years, Bryce shared his passion with his grandfather, a former Tuskegee Airman who served in the United States Army during World War II. Although, his grandfather passed away last year, he still enjoys sharing these amazing models with the public.
Check out some of the great pics of this amazing replica!
Today, New Jersey State Police Chaplain and Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church, John Taylor opened up his doors to host a meeting of law enforcement officials and community members.
New Jersey State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri were on hand to give an overview to the group on how police involved shootings are investigated.
Additionally, all three law enforcement officials took questions from the attendees on a variety of law enforcement topics.
Although today’s meeting touched on many issues, the common theme was that communication and transparency is essential in building trust in the communities we serve.
Here are some pics from the meeting.
Have you ever received a Victory Speed Violation Warning from the New Jersey State Police? Chances are you haven’t. But if you were on Jersey roads during World War II, you may very well have received one.
On February 5, 1943, William J. Keane was stopped for exceeding the 35 MPH speed limit, which was established for “saving rubber and gasoline.” As stated on the back of the warning, “IT IS OUR NATIONAL DUTY to maintain rubber and gasoline reserve which will keep our Armed Forces fighting and our essential civilian wheels turning.” As told by his granddaughter who sent us these great pictures, Mr. Keane was speeding to return to Morristown Memorial Hospital with a “serum”—Penicillin—in hopes of saving his 6-year-old son, who was suffering from meningitis. Thankfully, it worked!
The warning was issued by Trooper Walter Roller #497
, of the 21st New Jersey State Police Class, which graduated on October 1, 1929.
We would like to thank Ms. Tracy Keane Andre for sharing with us this great story and awesome pictures! We are always eager to add to our rich and storied history and be able to share it with all of you!
Now, check out the pictures of the warning, front and back, and an archived photo of Trooper Roller!
State Police Arrest Woman Wanted for Theft and Seize Methamphetamine after a Traffic Stop
The New Jersey State Police have arrested Sandra Pallante, 46, of Southampton after a car stop led troopers to identify her as the suspect in a theft investigation.
On Friday, June 8, at 8:34 p.m., Trooper Jennifer Britske stopped Pallante for a traffic violation in Tabernacle Township, Burlington County. During the stop, Trooper Britske recognized Pallante as the suspect that allegedly failed to pay for gasoline at a gas station in Southampton on May 30. As a result, Pallante was arrested, searched and found to be in possession of $200 worth of methamphetamine.
Sandra Pallante was charged with theft by unlawful taking and possession of methamphetamine. She was lodged at the Burlington County Jail pending a bail hearing.
Great job, Troop!
Charges are mere accusations and the accused is considered innocent until proven guilty.
From Trooper Youth to Trooper
During your travels as a New Jersey State Trooper, it’s only a matter of time before you meet someone who attended our Trooper Youth Week program, and sometimes we even meet their parents. In either case, we typically receive great feedback.
We’re proud of our program, and those who graduated from one of the classes tend to be proud as well. Former graduates often tell us, in person and on social media, how fond they are of the time spent in Sea Girt during Trooper Youth Week. And in all too many cases, we hear how their experience helped them both personally and professionally, regardless of their chosen career. And sometimes we hear inspiring stories like the one we’re about the share.
Kelley Carr-Olschewski wrote to tell us about her son, Cody Carr-Olschewski. Cody attended Trooper Youth Week as a high school junior in 2013. Mom and dad, like all moms and dads, were worried that their teenage son was misbehaving and wouldn’t do anything with his life—that is until a coworker suggested they send him to Trooper Youth Week.
She wrote, “Well, I wanted to let you know that your program had such a profound influence on him that he just graduated Virginia State Police Academy and is now working as a Virginia State Trooper, and we cannot thank you enough for having a program like this. When he came back from Trooper Youth Week, he changed from a boy to a man, and he told us he wanted to be a State Trooper. Now Cody is 22 years old and finally achieved his dream and is one. Thank you again for all you do!” Mrs. Carr-Olschewski, thank you for sharing this great story and the accompanying pictures! Congratulations Trooper Carr-Olschewski! Be safe out there, brother!
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Today, Colonel Patrick Callahan, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri, and city officials met with clergy and community members to give an update of the Art All Night shooting investigation.
During the meeting, Colonel Callahan reaffirmed to Trenton residents the New Jersey State Police commitment to work with local and county law enforcement to stem the gun violence occurring in the State’s capital city.
Law enforcement cannot win this battle alone, and we are much stronger together than we are apart. The community and law enforcement must work together to stop the gun violence that is plaguing our neighborhoods.
Monday, New Jersey State Police Superintendent Colonel Patrick Callahan and Attorney General Gurbir Grewal hosted the 9th Annual Law Enforcement / Faith-Leaders Conference. In a meeting organized by New Jersey State Police Chaplain Abe Friedman, clergy members from throughout the State joined to discuss how best to serve the citizens of New Jersey and the many people who travel the region from a faith and cultural perspective. Additionally, the importance of security in synagogues, churches and mosques throughout the state, summer safety were also a high priority item with tens of thousands of travelers taking to area roadways and flying in and out of local airports.
Because New Jersey is home to a vast collection of faith backgrounds and cultural expressions, all levels of the police community were present to communicate and collaborate. Agencies in attendance included the FBI, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security, Port Authority Police Department, U.S. Marshall’s Service and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.
Serving the needs of the public and building relationships is a priority of law enforcement. Similarly, the religious leaders and police chaplains provide the critical nexus between the community and police. We have learned throughout the years that we cannot address the needs of the public without an understanding of their culture and perspective. The chaplains are the critical bridge of community leadership between the police and the public, providing them a conduit and a voice. “Our involvement in past years has demonstrated the tremendous positive effects that take place when collaborations of this nature take place,” said NJSP chaplain Rabbi Abe Friedman. “We are grateful to many state and federal representatives who joined with us today for their continued efforts on behalf of the state’s many interfaith communities.”
Trooper Rescues Man from Burning Car
Trooper Scott Behnke of Holmdel Station rescued a man from a burning car after the victim suffered a medical episode and crashed.
On Sunday, May 27, at 10:37 a.m., Tpr. Behnke responded to the report of a vehicle that went off the roadway southbound in the express lanes of the Garden State Parkway at milepost 105 in Tinton Falls Boro.
When he arrived, the victim was unconscious and entrapped in the vehicle. Tpr. Benhke knew the victim needed to removed from the smoking car. With the assistance from passing motorists, Tpr. Behnke was able to remove the victim through the passenger side window and get him to a safe location.
The male victim regained consciousness and Tpr. Behnke was able to render first aid until advanced life support arrived. The victim was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center and later released.
The quick actions of Tpr. Behnke saved the victim's life and helped prevent a serious tragedy.
Great job, Troop!
Today we remember... June 19, 1938
Trooper Vincent Vosbein #633
Vincent Vosbein was born in Manahawken, New Jersey on June 8, 1913. He attended Grammar School at Manahawken, New Jersey and attended High School at Jersey City and Summit, New Jersey. He was a graduate of Dickinson A.E. High School in Jersey City, New Jersey. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Police, he served with the 107th Infantry, New York National Guard, from May 1935 to June 1937. He resided in Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey.
Trooper Vosbein enlisted with the New Jersey State Police on June 1, 1937 as a member of the 26th State Police Class. He was assigned to Troop "B", Somerville. His service with the Department was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of duty, and faithful, energetic devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.
Trooper Vosbein's death was the result of injuries he received in a motorcycle accident in the line of duty.
At 6:00 p.m. on June 17, 1938, Trooper Vosbein was on motorcycle patrol along Route 31 in Raritan, New Jersey. As he approached the intersection of Frelinghuysen Avenue, a light truck made a left-hand turn across the path of his motorcycle. Trooper Vosbein ran into the rear side of the truck, hurtling his motorcycle into the air. Trooper Vosbein landed on his head on the concrete pavement. He was taken to the hospital where he died on June 19, 1938 as a result of his injuries.
Trooper Vosbein served 1 year with the New Jersey State Police.
Trooper Vosbein was survived by his parents and two sisters. He was 25 years old.
It was a warm, late spring day last Friday at the New Jersey State Police Academy—a perfect day to run the recruits to the beach.
With just a few weeks away until the 158th Class graduates, Colonel Patrick Callahan joined Class Coordinator Tpr. I Alexandra Sprague, instructors, and recruits for a Friday afternoon physical training (PT) session on the beach. And there’s nothing like PT on the beach…
So, led by Tpr. Sprague, the 158th Class ran to the beach where they had a nice, invigorating PT session, which at times, was at the water’s edge. And just as the class lined up to make the return run to the gym, something different happened…
The 158th Class, their instructors, and Colonel Callahan took a plunge into the Atlantic! The camaraderie among the recruits, instructors, and the Colonel himself was amazing to see.
And although they have a few weeks left yet, Colonel Callahan reminded the class to forever remember the day. He asked them to carry these memories with them throughout their careers, during the highs and during the lows. He asked that they show the same pride and enthusiasm on their last day of their career as they did earlier in the day.
And finally, he told the class that he not only hopes to see each recruit on graduation day, he expects it!
Just a few more weeks 158th! Hang in there!
Now check out a few pics from the day!