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Ryon Barclay, 32, was working overtime when the chase started that would earn him the Trooper of the Year award for 2012.
Riding out on patrol along Interstate 195 in the early-morning hours of May 2, the 4½-year member of the New Jersey State Police had at first just listened as his colleagues pursued a car that ignored their demands to stop as it sped through Ewing and Trenton on Route 29.
The New Jersey State Police has announced that for the first time in two years, they will begin accepting applications for as many as 225 trooper positions next month.
The positions will become available when two State Police academy classes begin next spring.
State Police Superintendent Colonel Rick Fuentes said there are a lot of opportunities available. “Homeland security, hometown security, traffic safety, homicide, cyber crimes,” Fuentes said, according to CBS Philly. “There really isn’t too much in the area of criminal science and criminal justice that we don’t cover.”
New Jersey NAACP President James Harris recommends that the State Police hire local police who have been laid off in recent years, many of whom are minorities, to fill the trooper positions. He said greater diversity in the force would help to address racial profiling issues, according to an Associated Press report on philly.com.
State Police say they delivered a baby on the Garden State Parkway Friday morning after a Lakewood woman went into labor in her vehicle.The mother and her child, a boy, were taken to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, according to Sgt. Julian Castellanos, a State Police spokesman.
Trooper Ian Henry had just pulled over another vehicle on the Northway for a traffic stop Friday afternoon when another car pulled up behind him, police said.
Three-month-old Denisse Cintron is alive thanks to the efforts of a state trooper on the New Jersey Turnpike in Carteret this morning.
The infant was not breathing and beginning to turn blue when she was pulled from an overturned Toyota Thunder at the Exit 12 toll booth by Trooper Ryan Kauffmann, state police said.
Before the troopers rolled up, Officer Alex Dinicola and Cpl. Mike MacInnes of the Police Benevolent Association Local 166 of the Englishtown Police Department delivered a separate truck filed with toys to the hospital.
Their toys had been donated, and they said one 9-year-old boy was responsible for about 100 of the toys after he had distributed leaflets through some neighborhoods. The officers did not reveal his name, saying he was a minor and they lacked permission from the family.
As for the state police, Santa’s trooper “helpers” came off with a hint of a military bearing in their visit.
In a touching move, New Jersey State Police named one of its search dogs “Casto” in memory of Trooper Marc Castellano, killed earlier this summer by a car that struck him while he was on the shoulder of Route 195.
The announcement came during graduation ceremonies from the N.J. State Police Canine Training Academy in Seat Girt. All 19 officers graduated with honors Tuesday morning.
Also named for a hero trooper is “Marshal,” named after the first state trooper ever killed in the line of duty — William Marshal, who died in a motorcycle accident on Dec. 12, 1923.
State Police Supt. Col. Rick Fuentes praised his agency’s “team training” for canines and their handlers the most comprehensive in the state.
CHEERS: To New Jersey State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes.
On Aug. 13, Fuentes was pulled over by a state trooper for speeding on the Garden State Parkway in Paramus. When the veteran trooper approached the unmarked, black SUV that was clocked going 75 mph in a 65-mph zone, he recognized Fuentes and shook his hand. The two talked for about two minutes, video from the trooper’s in-car camera shows, and then Fuentes drove off — without a ticket.
That’s not what we’re cheering.
But what is commendable is that Fuentes, later that afternoon reported the stop to the state police Office of Professional Standards and asked for a speeding ticket. He received a ticket a few days later that cost him $160 when he paid it Monday. Fuentes also received a two-point penalty against his license.
A former New Jersey state trooper wrote a sequel to a book chronicling the New Jersey State Police’s legacy, documenting the most recect 35 years, a report in the Times of Trenton said.
“Jersey Troopers: A Fifty Year History of the New Jersey State Police” stopped at 1971, and its author, Sgt. Leo Coakley, dies in 1983. So George Wren Jr., who became a state trooper in 1983, decided to write “Jersey Troopers II: The Next Thirty-Five Years,” which includes information on changes in technology, debates about some famous cases and other major events in the State Police timeline the past few decades, the report said. The proceeds will go to a fund for children of disabled troopers or troopers who die outside the line of duty.
The New Jersey State Police provided the Salem County Detachment of the Marine Corps League with a supply of donated toys in support of the 2009 Toys for Tots Campaign.
The donation was made this past Tuesday.
State police stations from South Jersey that comprise Troop A took part in the toy drive. The participating stations included Woodstown and Bridgeton, both of which provide services for several Salem County municipalities.
The toys were presented by Troop Commander Major Louis Klock and members of Troop A at the headquarters in Buena Vista to Marine Corps League members Bob Boon, the coordinator of the Toys for Tots Campaign in Salem County, and Jim Wentzell, assistant coordinator.
The Lower Alloways Creek Police Department has also donated toys to the Marine Corps League this year for Toys for Tots.