the New Jersey State Police
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 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.