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George J. Wren, Jr

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Lieutenant George J. Wren, Jr., New Jersey State Police (ret.), “enlisted in the New Jersey State Police in February 1982, and enjoyed postings at several Troop "A" duty stations including an eighteen-year stint in the Intelligence Bureau. Lieutenant Wren attained a BS and Masters Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He resides with his wife, Sandy, on the Jersey shore.”  Lieutenant George J. Wren is the author of Jersey Troopers II: The Next Thirty-Five Years (1971-2006).

According to the book description of Jersey Troopers II: The Next Thirty-Five Years (1971-2006), it “chronicles the continuing patrol of the New Jersey State Police and its preeminent Outfit of Jersey Troopers. The first sequel to Leo J. Coakley's original Jersey Troopers - A Fifty Year History of the New Jersey State Police, Jersey Troopers II recounts the second era of the New Jersey State Police, an era fraught with an evolution of social change and unparalleled technological advancements.

Jersey Troopers II encompasses a thirty-five-year period, from 1971 to 2006, articulated through the actions and deeds of Jersey Troopers. During this period, they faced a multitude of progressive services and advancement while trying to hold true to the steadfast traditions that earned the New Jersey State Police the title of being "The Best of the Best."

This is an in-depth record of many noteworthy cases and events that impacted Jersey Troopers during a time filled with intrigue and passion that revolved around an ever-changing world harboring a soaring criminal element and fanatical terrorism. It was a time marked by tragic losses and hostilities, when diversified services and progressive leadership brought a once rural state constabulary into the 21st Century as a model of modern policing. These are the real stories of Jersey Troopers told by a Jersey Trooper!”

One reader of Jersey Troopers II: The Next Thirty-Five Years (1971-2006) said, “The New Jersey State Police is among one of the first state policing agencies in the United States. Founded in 1921, and lead first by Colonel Norman H. Schwarzkopf, father of General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, it is surrounded by many traditions and generations of pride amongst those members, such as myself, who have been proud of this organization. This book written by one of our retired members George J. Wren Jr. gives readers a very detailed and accurate picture of the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) following up on a previously written book, "Jersey Troopers," by Leo J. Coakley.

The historical background and many different stories of incidents that occurred during the last thirty five years, 1971 to 2006, depict not only the drastic development of the NJSP, but gives readers a true sense of the dangers of police work. Many of the stories written in the book give those not in law enforcement a background and understanding that you do not always read in today's "one sided" press. The New Jersey State Police has not been without it's share of controversy, which the author also covers, but most newspaper accounts will never give you the stories of the true unsung heroes that work everyday to protect and serve the citizens of New Jersey, this books does.

In conclusion, this book should appeal not only to those in the law enforcement community from its historical perspective on the progression of law enforcement practices, but to all those people who enjoy the stories of many of today's police dramas on television, however these stories are real. It should keep your interests from the first to last page.”


Jersey Troopers II: The Next Thirty-Five Years (1971-2006)
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About the New Jersey State Police

On March 29, 1921, the State Police Bill was passed into law. Senator Clarence I. Case, who introduced the bill, is known as the “Father of the State Police.” On July 1, 1921, Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, was appointed as the first Superintendent of the State Police by Governor Edward I. Edwards.  Schwarzkopf was commissioned to organize the first training class. Competitive examinations were held for the purpose of selecting the type of man desired for this service.  Sixteen hundred men, between the ages of twenty-two and forty, made application for the one hundred and twenty positions allowed by the law.

Today, the New Jersey State Police is organized into four Branches: Administrative Branch; Investigations Branch; Homeland Security Branch; and, Operations Branch.  The Operations Branch contains the Field Operations Section and is the largest of the branches.  The Field Operations Section consists of the Traffic Bureau and the Troop Road Stations.

The New Jersey State Police have seven core services:  General Police Services; Highway and Traffic Enforcement; Statewide Investigation and Intelligence; Emergency Management; Support for State and Local Law Enforcement Efforts; Maintenance of Criminal Records and Identification Systems; and, the Regulation of Certain Commerce.”

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