TRENTON, N.J. – On the 100th anniversary of the New Jersey State Police, Assemblyman Ron Dancer announced he is introducing an Assembly resolution marking the occasion and honoring their service.
“We owe our selfless state troopers a debt of gratitude for protecting the citizens of New Jersey for the past century,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “The New Jersey State Police have lost 73 officers in the line of duty since the founding of the force, a sad confirmation of their dedication and bravery. Our officers have put themselves in harm’s way during every major emergency from the Hindenburg disaster to Superstorm Sandy and continue to serve with distinction during the current public health crisis. I salute our state police force for their uncommon courage and far safeguarding New Jerseyans night and day for 100 years.”
The New Jersey State Police was established on March 29, 1921, when Governor Edward I. Edwards signed a law creating the force. On December 21, 1921, 81 troopers set out from Trenton on horseback and motorcycles to take up their assignments as New Jersey’s first statewide police force. Today, there are 4,000 enlisted and civilian members of the state police.
Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Mercer) also sponsors the resolution.